Pixar’s “Turning Red” hopes to break the taboo on talking about puberty

FILE PHOTO: Premiere for the film
FILE PHOTO: Cast member Rosalie Chiang attends a premiere for the film ‘Turning Red’ at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, U.S. March 1, 2022. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

March 10, 2022

By Rollo Ross

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pixar Studios’ latest film ‘Turning Red’ seeks to break a taboo by addressing what a girl goes through during puberty, but with an analogy.

Meilin Lee, voiced by Rosalie Chiang, is an overly confident college student who excels in all areas. But one night she goes to bed and wakes up as a giant red panda.

In this form, Meilin experiences many of the things that pubescent teenagers go through: the appearance of new hair, body dysmorphia, embarrassment over sexual feelings, and heightened emotions.

“It’s taboo for some reason because people don’t talk about it,” director and co-writer Domee Shi told Reuters.

“It’s like the self-fulfilling prophecy. The fact that this is so shocking, to be the first film to really talk about it, is probably why we don’t talk about it,” added producer Lindsey Collins.

“Killing Eve” actress Sandra Oh speaks to Meilin’s overprotective mother Ming. She says it’s important for children to understand what happens during puberty rather than letting them suffer in silence.

“A friend of mine who was watching this movie with her 10-year-old son suddenly needed to talk about sexuality and what girls are going through,” she said.

“Girls go through that and guys go through that, so it opens up a conversation.”

Oh says the film would not have existed without Hollywood’s push to include female voices in productions.

“The fact that it exists, and that’s the main focus, is how you can feel things have changed,” she said.

Last month, Walt Disney Pictures said they were pausing theatrical releases in Russia because of the crisis in Ukraine. They named “Turning Red” as the first film they would not release there.

“We found out when everyone found out, and I think there was a question, ‘Oh, do you guys agree with that decision?’ and we said, ‘No, we agree 100% with this decision,'” Collins said.

Turning Red will be released worldwide on Disney+ on March 11, with the film also showing in theaters in some countries.

(Reporting by Rollo Ross; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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