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Does Turning Red have anything to do with Domee Shi?

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Turning Red animation from PIXAR, this time back again with news about the manufacturing process.

It is Domee Shi who is the person behind the making of Turning Red animation, which is an animation that tells the story of a 13 year old girl named Mei Lee (voiced by Rosalie Chiang).

She, like any little girl her age, is going through a period of what is called the turmoil of adolescence. This is a time where nothing seems to be right, he is trying to get through various problems that arise, both at school and in his family.

This was all revealed during the promo trailer which was released some time ago

Read:Pixar Turns Teen Girl Into Giant Red Panda in Turning Red Trailer

In this global discount opportunity, Cinemags, together with media from around the world, have the opportunity to hear the story behind this different and unusual animation.

Global Preskon was attended by many speakers such as Sandra Oh (Ming), Rosalie Chiang (Meilin), Ava Morse (Miriam), Maitreyi Ramakrishnan (Priya), Hyein Park (Abby), Domee Shi (director) and Lindsey Collins (producer).

There was a lot that was conveyed by the resource persons, but of course what was interesting was how the idea of ​​​​making this story was created. Regarding this, director Domee Shi also said that it all started in 2017, when he was promoting his short film, Bao. At that time he was also asked to convey another story idea, at that time what occurred to him was the teenage years of a girl who was very rarely seen in the animations circulating at that time. He also quickly prepared a story board and an overview of the story related to Turning Red, which is a kind of picture of his life as a teenager when he was in Toronto.

Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

As an only child, he is very close to his parents, especially his mother, especially because they always do everything together. As he grew older, he found his own world and loved animation. This is a world that his mother cannot understand at all and this creates a distance between the two of them.

It is at this point that Turning Red is created, because Mei Lee represents her image of a teenage girl who, even though she has found her own world, still has to respect her parents.

Of course, the panda figure who is close to his culture has also been transformed into a series of turmoil that he feels. How a teenage girl who when she wakes up in the morning, has found herself turned into something covered with fur and red. The choice of a red panda also depicts a change that is awkward, scary, but also adorable.

This change that tends to be unusual, illustrates his thinking that although his relationship with Mother has changed, they must accept it together or it can also become a disaster.

Also considering that Turning Red can be said to be Pixar’s first contemporary teenage girl protagonist, he wanted this character to be bold yet cute. As for the time setting, it was taken in the era of the 2000s, when the teenage boy band fever was becoming a trend, besides flip cell phones, CDs, jelly bracelets and of course Tamagochi.

As for May’s friends, they certainly represent the diverse ethnicities of Toronto’s residents, and this is a very challenging task to undertake. Fortunately, in the end, producer Lindsey Collins came to provide ideas and input.


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