|VOICE TALENT, FILMMAKERS AND SPECIAL GUESTS HIT THE RED CARPET TO CELEBRATE DISNEY AND PIXAR’S “TURNING RED” Pixar Animation Studios’ |
25th Feature Film Stars, filmmakers and special guests came together last night at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre to celebrate Pixar Animation Studios’ 25th feature film “Turning Red.”
“Turning Red” streams on Disney+ beginning March 11, 2022. ABOUT THE MOVIEDisney and Pixar’s “Turning Red” introduces Mei Lee (voice of Rosalie Chiang), a confident, dorky 13-year-old, living in Toronto, Canada, torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming (voice of Sandra Oh), 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! “Turning Red” is directed by Academy Award® winner Domee Shi (Pixar short “Bao”) and produced by Lindsey Collins (“Finding Dory”).
shading depth or variations in colour.”
Toronto, Canada—hometown to director Domee Shi and the characters of “Turning
Red”—is featured prominently in the film, calling for specific nods to iconic locales. But
compared to the representation of New York City in “Soul,” “Turning Red” aims for a
less realistic look. “It feels more like a very soft, colourful, magical, idyllic, almost
youthful version of the city,” says executive producer Dan Scanlon.
Members of the voice cast in attendance include Rosalie Chiang (Mei), Sandra Oh (Ming), Ava Morse (Miriam), Hyein Park (Abby), Maitreyi Ramakrishnan (Priya), Tristan Allerick Chen (Tyler), Mia Tagano (Lily), Sherry Cola (Helen), Topher Ngo (Aaron T.), Grayson Villanueva (Tae Young), Josh Levi (Aaron Z.), Addison Chandler (Devon) and Lily Sanfelippo (Stacy Frick). Joining them were filmmakers Domee Shi (directed by/story by/screenplay by), Lindsey Collins (producer), Dan Scanlon (EP), Pete Docter (EP), Julia Cho (story by/screenplay by), Billie Eilish (original songs by), and Ludwig Göransson (original score by).
Adds sets art director Kristian Norelius, “It’s like making a painting. You select the things
that are the most important. We wanted to feature the CN Tower with the SkyDome—
it’s a very iconic look.”
Helping to bring the skyline to life was the lighting team. Says director of photography
Jonathan Pytko, “If you look at photos of Toronto, there’s a lot of gray in the buildings,
but we wanted something a little more colourful. So, while we used the same
materials—concrete, glass, metal, steel—we played with different pastels to create a lot
colour variations among the buildings. It’s still clearly Toronto, but the look is lifted
and fresh—as if conjured from the mind of a 13-year-old.”
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