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Turning Red

Published March 12, 2022

Turning Red

Film info

  • Title Turning Red
  • Director Domee Shi
  • Year 2022
  • Run time 1hr 40m
  • Genres Fantasy, Comedy, Family, Animation
  • Tagline Growing up is a beast

Turning Red introduces Mei Lee, a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother's dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming, is never far from her daughter - an unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body weren't enough, whenever she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS), she suddenly turns into a giant red panda!

Live blog

Time Comment
1:56 Worst spontaneous cartwheel ever.
3:25 “I accept and embrace all labels.”
10:34 “Why are they called 4-Town when there are five of them?” Oh love, don’t get me started.
14:05 That is really terrible parenting.
20:26 I like the comparison to getting your first period.
23:12 She really is the worst mum!
25:05 Do red pandas say awooga?
32:41 SO FLUFFY!
35:46 “I’m a furry ticking timebomb.” “Of awesomeness!”
38:20 “You’ll get whipped up into a frenzy and panda all over the place.” Panda now a verb.
46:52 Geometry chat up lines.
58:08 “We all da bomb.”
1:01:51 Always slightly agog at how good 3D animated fabrics are these days.
1:06:37 I’m calling shenanigans on the old man being able to draw such a perfect chalk circle.
1:17:33 Twerking panda!!
1:21:43 Legit doing Backstreet Boys dance moves now too!
1:27:21 Pandapocalypse!

Thoughts

Although I’ve always been a bit judgemental of the red panda (not a real panda), I was kinda looking forward to this movie. I’d forgotten it was a Pixar film but when I saw that ident, it raised my expectations even further. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to my hopes, but it wasn’t an overall bad movie. In the scheme of things, it wasn’t as good as Luca, but it was better than the one where they dragged some decapitated trousers around.

The kids were good and I liked their friendship, super supportive and recognising each other’s strengths and flaws, pulling together at the end. But it sort of lost me towards the end, particularly when suddenly turning into a big red panda meant you could effectively fly.

I did like the boyband though.

Rating: 2 / 5

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