WATCH — Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Domee Shi talk Turning Red and growing up
The new Disney-Pixar film is set in Toronto
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New movie is about growing up
A new film hit Disney+ on March 11 and its main character is a girl who turns into a giant red panda.
Turning Red is about a 13-year-old Chinese Canadian kid named Meilin Lee who discovers a family secret that changes her life forever.
Film inspired by director’s own experiences
Like Meilin, writer/director Domee Shi grew up Chinese Canadian in Toronto.
Shi, who is also an animator, is best known for the Oscar-winning short film Bao. That film also took place in Toronto and was about the relationship between a mother and her son.
Turning Red also features a mother-child relationship. Canadian actor Sandra Oh plays Meilin’s mother, who has high expectations for her young daughter.
Shi is the first woman to solo-direct a Pixar film in the studio's 36-year history.
In addition to Shi, the creative team behind Turning Red includes many women in key roles.
That team includes co-writers Julia Cho and Sarah Streicher, production designer Rona Liu and producer Lindsey Collins.
The power of friendship
Meilin isn’t the coolest, most popular kid in school, but she does have three great best friends: Priya, Miriam and Abby.
Priya’s character is voiced by Mississauga-born Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, best known as Devi from the Netflix series Never Have I Ever.
The three friends help Meilin with her newfound problem as they navigate the world of puberty, cute boys and strict parents.
CBC Kids News put the cast and crew of Turning Red to the test with some rapid-fire questions.
Check out the vibe by watching the video:
- Find out what animal Maitreyi Ramakrishnan wishes she could be.
- Get some advice on dealing with pressure and high expectations.
- Hear the Turning Red crew dish on the best and worst parts about growing up.
Plus, catch some fun clips from the movie.
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