Meilin 'Mei' Lee is a 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian whose life is changed when she discovers that she turns into a giant red panda whenever she becomes too excited or stressed.
Not a lot of films take on the subject matter of adolescence with such heart, humour, and dazzlement like Turning Red does. The trailers definitely do not do justice to this unforgettable roller coaster of a ride.
From Disney and Pixar comes the tale of a girl who must find a way to reverse her condition when she begins turning into a giant panda shortly after clocking 13.
The protagonist Mei finds out that her predicament runs within her family and her quest for a lasting solution leads to a clash with her overbearing and doting mother who is bent on raising the perfect daughter.
Over the years, Disney has made very good animated films but with Pixar, they always strike gold. Here, they bring their Midas touch to bear, creating a whole new experience for fans of the animation genre.
While I won't really heap praise on the character designs, I would say the animation is bright and colourful; the vibrance seems to leap off the screen, especially in the visual effects sequences.
I have a lot of positive words to say about this film but at the heart of all the glitter is a story we can all relate to; a child who wants nothing more than to grow up and experience life for herself.
One of the best things about Turning Red is the humour. I laughed most of the time and was sober during the film's touching moments.
The characters are memorable, the plot is engaging, and the third act is epic in every sense of the word.
It's been a while since an animated movie brought out a wide range of emotions in me, and I say a big kudos to the Mouse House and Pixar for this wonderful feature.
Turning Red is an amazing film, one of Disney/Pixar's best in recent memory and I guarantee that fans of the genre will not be disappointed.