Embarrassment is familiar to most of us. The worse side effects are some short-term negative feelings and blushed cheeks. But what if it was worse? How about, rather than embarrassment just turning your face red, you instead turning into a giant red panda!
Turning Red, which was released on Disney Plus on March 11, is a story based on a girl Mei Lee’s changing emotions. Mei is a Chinese-Canadian teenager. As she starts puberty, an ancient curse put on her family means that every time she has a sudden outburst of feelings, something strange happens – she turns into a giant fluffy red panda.
Her family tries to give her support, with her mother previously experiencing the same problem. However, sometimes her mother’s influence can be overbearing, adding to her embarrassment.
Fortunately, Mei has other people to turn to for help. Her friends. They are also experiencing their own troubles growing up and are with her every step of the way. Amazed by their friend’s new ability, the group works together to keep Mei’s emotions in check.
Such overall uniqueness is the design of the director, Chinese-Canadian Domee Shi. She has used some of her own experiences growing up to shape the direction of the story.
The message of the movie is that you don’t “have to push emotions away or get rid of them to be considered a good girl or a good woman. The movie is ultimately about being able to own your emotions,” Lindsey Collins, the producer, told The New York Times.