Official trailer for Pixar’s first Asian feature film, “Turning Red” released
Pixar has released the official trailer for “Turning Red”, its first feature film directed by an Asian woman. Chinese-Canadian director Domee Shi is best known for her Oscar-winning short “Bao” and for her work on other Pixar films such as “Inside Out”.
“Turning Red,” due out March 11, tells the story of Mei, voiced by Rosalie Chiang, a 13-year-old “confident and stupid” Chinese-Canadian girl who grew up in the early 2000s, according to Pixar.
Mei soon discovers a secret that her mother, Ming, voiced by Sandra Oh, has kept from her. Their ancestors have a magical connection to red pandas, which means Mei will transform into a big red panda when she experiences certain intense emotions.
The trailer, which takes place on the 2000 NSync song “It’s Gonna Be Me,” shows how Mei has to deal with her teenage years and the seemingly impossible task of controlling her emotions to avoid turning into a red panda, and also how she must learn to accept who she is.
The film also stars Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, star of the Netflix show “Never Have I Ever”, as Priya, one of Mei’s friends.
A trailer released in July showed a scene with a turbaned Sikh security guard, considered the first sikh character in a Pixar movie.
“I rarely see these kinds of stories on the big screen in North America,” Shi told the Los Angeles Times in 2018 about “Bao”. “I’ve always been exposed to Asian cinema, Asian animation, so that was also one of my biggest influences. If I am given the opportunity to create my own short film, I will definitely take inspiration from those Asian influences because it’s just part of my creativity as a filmmaker.