Pixar has released the Turning Red featurette for its next coming-of-age fantasy comedy film, which will be making its debut on March 11, exclusively on Disney+.
The video features commentaries by Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell, Rosalie Chiang, and Sandra Oh as they talk about Pixar films’ entertaining and deep stories as well as its important impact on a lot of people’s lives. Producer Lindsey Collins and director Domee Shi also revealed that Turning Red‘s unique and universal story is actually inspired by some of Shi’s personal childhood experiences.
In addition, the lyrical music video for one of Billie Eilish and FINNEAS’s three songs for the film titled, “Nobody Like U” has also been revealed, featuring the voices of Jordan Fisher, Grayson Villanueva, Josh Levi, Topher Ngo, and Finneas O’Connell portraying Pixar’s first-ever fictional boy band, 4*Town.
Turning Red will be led by young actress Rosalie Chiang as she lends her voice to Mei Lee, a 13-year-old who suddenly “poofs” into a giant red panda when she gets too excited. Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) voices Mei Lee’s protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming, who is never far from her daughter—an unfortunate reality for the teenager.
“The film introduces Mei Lee, a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence,” reads the synopsis. “Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming, is never far from her daughter—an unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships, and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS), she ‘poofs’ into a giant red panda!”
Joining Chiang and Oh are Orion Lee as Mei’s dad Jin, and Wai Ching Ho as Grandma along with Mei’s tightknit group of friends, Ava Morse as Miriam, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Priya, and Hyein Park as Abby. It will also feature the voices of Tristan Allerick Chen, Addie Chandler, James Hong, Lori Tan Chinn, Lillian Lim, Mia Tagano, Sherry Cola, Sasha Roiz, and Lily Sanfelippo.
Turning Red is directed by Domee Shi, the filmmaker behind the Oscar-winning Pixar short Bao, and is also known as the first woman to direct a short film for the acclaimed animation studio. Lindsey Collins (Wall-E, Finding Dory) is producing.