TURNING RED: Pixar's New Movie From BAO Filmmaker Domee Shi Puts A Twist On Teenage Awkwardness

TURNING RED: Pixar's New Movie From BAO Filmmaker Domee Shi Puts A Twist On Teenage Awkwardness

Domee Shi, director of the Academy Award-winning short Bao, will be making her feature film directorial debut with Turning Red, a movie about the awkwardness of being a teenager.

In 2018, Pixar debuted the short Bao, which played ahead of the highly anticipated blockbuster sequel Incredibles 2. The charming tale about a lonely Chinese mother suffering from empty nest syndrome captivated audiences and marked the directorial debut of Domee Shi. 

Shi broke multiple glass ceilings with Bao, becoming the first woman to direct a short film for Pixar. She was also the first woman of color to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

Shi will now be making her feature film directorial debut with Pixar's upcoming film Turning Red. Announced during Disney's Investor's Day, Turning Red is a coming-of-age story about a girl named Mei. In addition to experience the usual awkwardness that comes with being a teenager, Mei has another secret -- she transforms into a giant red panda if she gets too excited.

Shi actually summed the film up more succinctly on Instagram, writing: "Puberty! Asians! Red Pandas!"

We all know teenagers are big balls of emotion with all sorts of levels of excitement, so it will be interesting to see how she controls this power.

Pixar chief creative officer Pete Docter actually shared a brief snippet of Turning Red, which appears to draw influence from Eastern animation. While Mei is a confident 13-year-old, she's also experiencing the "excruciatingly awkwardness of being a teenager."

"Everything in her life is changing. Her interests, her relationships, her body. Balancing all this with her family, and crushes and her devotion to the biggest boy band on the planet is no small feat," Docter explained. "Oh and one more little detail; whenever she gets too excited, which for a 13-year-old is, like, always, she uncontrollably poofs into a giant red panda. Kinda like the Incredible Hulk but cuter."

"Turning Red is an original take on the great tradition of coming-of-age comedies albeit one with an emotional one and furry twist," he concluded.

Turning Red is scheduled to release on March 11, 2022. It is the first true Pixar feature to be directed by a woman.

DISCLAIMER: Toonado.com is protected under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and... [MORE]
Related Headlines
TURNING RED: New Trailer Features Pixar's First Boy Band 4*Town Alongside NSYNC'S It's Gonna Be Me

TURNING RED: New Trailer Features Pixar's First Boy Band "4*Town" Alongside NSYNC'S "It's Gonna Be Me"

Another trailer has hit for the newest Pixar film Turning Red and in this one, we get to meet Pixar's first boy band, so Director Domee Shi went into detail about why the aspect is so important to this movie.
DUG DAYS: Pixar Celebrates International Dog Day Next Week By Releasing Shorts Starring Dug From UP On Disney+

DUG DAYS: Pixar Celebrates International Dog Day Next Week By Releasing Shorts Starring Dug From UP On Disney+

Wednesday is International Dog Day and to celebrate, Pixar is releasing five episodes of Dug Days on Disney+ which is a series of spin-off shorts starring Dug, the talking dog from the beloved film Up!
LUCA: New Deleted Scene Reveals Pixar Removed A Third Sea Monster Kid Named Chincho

LUCA: New Deleted Scene Reveals Pixar Removed A Third Sea Monster Kid Named Chincho

Pixar's recent seafaring adventure, Luca, included two sea-monster children. A new deleted scene has now been shared revealing that the initial intent was to include a third child as well, named Chincho.
TOY STORY 3: Disney Posts Emotional Art Recalling The Moment Woody And The Gang Watched Andy Leave For College

TOY STORY 3: Disney Posts Emotional Art Recalling The Moment Woody And The Gang Watched Andy Leave For College

Although there have already been four entries in the franchise, Pixar's Toy Story 3 is arguably the most emotional feature. Now Disney has taken to Twitter to share a new image depicting why that is.
TURNING RED: Official Trailer & Poster From Disney And Pixar Puts A Panda Spin On Hulking Out

TURNING RED: Official Trailer & Poster From Disney And Pixar Puts A Panda Spin On Hulking Out

Last month we shared a look at some concept art for Disney and Pixar's Turning Red but now thanks to a full first trailer along with an official new poster fans have a much better idea of what to expect!
Latest Headlines
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2: Here’s Everything We Know About The Video Game Movie Sequel So Far

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2: Here’s Everything We Know About The Video Game Movie Sequel So Far

Here's a full compilation of all of the information we know so far about the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog video game movie sequel in list form. Hit the jump...
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 First Official Trailer Reportedly Ready To Be Released; Features First Look At Knuckles

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 First Official Trailer Reportedly Ready To Be Released; Features First Look At Knuckles

The first trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie didn't end up dropping on Thanksgiving after all but it has been fully edited and is ready to be released according to this reputable leaker.
SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Producer Amy Pascal Says SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 2 News Is Coming Soon

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Producer Amy Pascal Says SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 2 News Is Coming Soon

Spider-Man: No Way Home might be releasing next month but producer Amy Pascal has teased that some news regarding Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 will be dropping soon!
TROLLS 3 To Receive 17-Day Exclusive Theatrical Release In 2023

TROLLS 3 To Receive 17-Day Exclusive Theatrical Release In 2023

Even though Universal enjoyed a successful return on its PVOD release for Trolls World Tour, the company has opted to release Trolls 3 exclusively in theaters for 17-days before coming to home audiences.
CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG Movie Sequel Already In The Works At Paramount Pictures

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG Movie Sequel Already In The Works At Paramount Pictures

A sequel to the newly released Clifford the Big Red Dog film is already in development at Paramount Pictures. Hit the jump to find out more...
Disney+ and HBO Max Announce New Streaming Partnership Beginning With the Release of RON'S GONE WRONG

Disney+ and HBO Max Announce New Streaming Partnership Beginning With the Release of RON'S GONE WRONG

Disney+ and HBO Max will now share the theatrical releases of 20th Century Studios between them until 2023, beginning with the release of animated movie Ron's Gone Wrong next month.
Paramount Pictures Suggests The First SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 Trailer Is Coming This Thursday

Paramount Pictures Suggests The First SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 Trailer Is Coming This Thursday

Sonic the Hedgehog is returning to the big screen in 2022 with some new friends. The first trailer for the video game movie sequel is expected to release on Thanksgiving!
ENCANTO Hits Theaters This Week But When Will It Arrive On Disney+?

ENCANTO Hits Theaters This Week But When Will It Arrive On Disney+?

Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated musical hits theaters this week on November 24, but when will the movie arrive on the Disney+ streaming service? Hit the jump for more details!