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Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red debuts on all major digital platforms April 26 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on May 3, just in time for Mother’s Day. Pixar fans can transport back to the early aughts and experience all the warm and fuzzy red panda Mei-hem with never-before-seen bonus material including seven deleted scenes, three featurettes and audio commentary with Director Domee Shi. Turning Red is also streaming on Disney+.
In Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red, confident, dorky 13-year-old Mei must balance being a dutiful daughter with the chaos of adolescence. Her slightly overbearing mom is never far from her daughter. And, as if changes to Mei’s interests, relationships and body aren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited, she “poofs” into a giant red panda!
- Rosalie Chiang as Meilin Lee
- Sandra Oh as Ming Lee
- Ava Morse as Miriam
- Hyein Park as Abby
- Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Priya
- Orion Lee as Jin Lee
- Tristan Allerick Chen as Tyler Nguyen-Baker
● Audio Commentary – View the film with audio commentary by director Domee Shi, producer Lindsey Collins, and director of photography Mahyar Abousaeedi.
- Life of a Shot – Domee Shi and members of the crew describe the many-layered process and artistry involved in creating the hilarious Red Peony scene – from observing red pandas in a zoo to creating a storyboard to finalizing the animation and background lighting.
- Build Your Own Boy Band – Step backstage to learn how 4*TOWN came to animated life. From creating each band member’s persona to writing and producing the songs to fine-tuning the details of their stadium performance, the filmmakers reveal how they designed the ultimate boy band.
- Ani-Mei-Tion – Because Mei’s heightened emotionality is central to the story, it was important that her look and movement reflect that energy. Learn how Domee Shi led the animation team to incorporate hints of expressive anime to create Mei’s lovable, dynamic character.
● Deleted Scenes
- Deleted Scenes Introduction – Director Domee Shi introduces scenes not included in the final version of Turning Red.
- Intro Meilin – In this alternate opening, Ming and young Mei have their portrait taken in a studio…but Ming has her own specific vision for the photo.
- Taming The Panda – Under her mother’s guidance, Mei learns techniques to control her ability to magically turn into a red panda…to varying degrees of success.
- The Debate – Mei runs for class president against frenemy Tyler, and the speeches get a little out of hand.
- Fei And Christina Hang – Mei (formerly Fei) shares a banana split while having a heart-to-heart with Aunt Christina.
- 4*TOWN Dilemma – Mei scores tickets to her dream concert, but her strict mother won’t let her out of the house. What will she do?
- Roping In Leo – Pleading with Leo for help with getting out of trouble, Mei learns a couple of his closely guarded secrets.
● Easter Egg – Robutton Deleted Scene – An alternate ending in which Mei, finding herself sitting next to her 4*TOWN dream-idol Robaire on a flight to California, has some feelings.
I sat down to watch Turning Red with my 13, 10 and 4 year old daughters and I didn’t know ANYTHING except that it was a new release from Disney+. My 13 year old thought this movie was AMAZING and she especially enjoyed the “retro” feeling of all the items from her mom’s (me) childhood. I LOVED that it reminded me of my very own childhood right down for the love of boy bands! My 10 year old also really enjoyed the movie and she laughed when things were funny and she cringed when characters were in awkward positions which is often where teenagers find themselves. This is the ultimate girls’ coming of age movie. It reminds both moms and daughters that you are not alone in having arguments with each other but that you can in fact get through them together while still keeping your independence and growing up into your own person. My 4 year old liked the movie because we did but it was definitely geared for older kids so I would say 8+ might be a better fit. Regardless of that we have already watched Turning Red several times and my 13 year old is loving the songs so we often listen to the soundtrack in the car and we all sing along! Activate your own Red Panda Mode When Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red Bursts onto Digital April 26 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD May 3rd.