On Tuesday night, Hollywood Boulevard plays host to the red carpet premiere of Disney Pixar’s Turn red – a coming-of-age story that revolves around 13-year-old Mei Lee, a girl torn between being the obedient daughter of her mother and living in the chaos of youth. Not to mention, she will transform into a big red panda when she gets excited.
The film comes from director Domee Shi, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind the 2018 animated short Bag. Above Turn redShi assembled an all-female creative leadership team – the first in Pixar history.
“It happened very organically,” said Pixar president Jim Morris The Hollywood Reporter Gather the captain of the movie. “It’s not like we decided, ‘Make sure that happened. ”
Pixar CCO and longtime filmmaker Pete Docter added: “People who work well together want to work with other people they like. “They’re not all female, but it’s probably the most effective film we’ve ever made. They are really smart thinkers and risk takers. I think we can all learn something from them.”
Morris added: “One of the fastest movies ever made at Pixar – which means it took just four years.
Shi stars co-writer Julia Cho and Pixar producer Lindsey Collins (who previously produced Wall E and Find Dory) because the Turn red.
“It’s basically my dream project,” Cho said. “If I could do the project of my dreams, it would be Pixar, women and Asian Americans. I think it’s unbelievable that we’re actually here, standing here, celebrating the release of this movie because it’s been a dream for so many of us who’ve always wanted a story like this. like this. ”
The film debuted at El Capitan Theater after the red carpet, starring stars Sandra Oh and Billie Eilish, who were featured on the soundtrack along with brother and musical collaborator Finneas.
Voice actor Topher Ngo, who plays Aaron T. in the film, said: “I am very honored. “It is crazy that I can be a part of this important project, and see the pieces and essence of my culture. It’s Chinese-Canadian and I’m Vietnamese-American, but you see that there’s some cultural overlap, and it’s amazing to see that on screen and be a part of that process. ”
“You really have to commend Pixar for doing this,” added the film’s star Rosalie Chiang, who voices main character Mei Lee. “I didn’t even realize it was an all-female team until the party ended when I actually watched the movie. I think that really speaks to how great this movie is.”
Like so many Pixar movies, Turn red It’s not just for younger audiences – it’s also for adults.
“We’re adults making movies and we’re making them for ourselves, really, in secret,” Docter said. “Even though we know kids will see them too, right? We want it to be universal. We want to talk specifically about Domee’s experience growing up in Toronto as a girl and as a Chinese-Canadian, but also for everyone. Because I think everyone is old. Everyone knows what it is about. It was not an easy time.”
“We treat our daughter’s love as complex and real as we treat a lot of childhood stories already in the culture,” adds Cho. “For me, I think what I really love is seeing older men say, ‘I love this movie for my daughter.’ There’s something in there for all of us. “
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Pixar has released soul and Lucaboth streamed on Disney+. Turn red will receive the same treatment, available on Disney+ starting March 11 without a domestic theatrical release.
“We make these movies for the big screen and want to see them there,” Morris said. “The truth is that home audiences, in particular, haven’t really returned to theaters yet. I think that will change over time. We see the general audience returning on a large scale to Spider-Man: There’s no way home. So obviously if you make a movie that people want to see, they’re going to go see it. But I think families have been a little more protective and careful. We expect by the middle of the year that will change.”