Turning Red is the latest release from Disney-Pixar, and you won’t be surprised to hear that it’s brilliant, just like they all are. To mark the launch this weekend on Disney+, we had the pleasure in speaking to the two leading roles Sandra Oh and Rosalie Chiang, and with the director Domee Shi, alongside producer Lindsey Collins.
We discuss the importance of Asian representation in animation, and the responsibility that comes with it. We also speak about tackling the material from the perspective of both the daughter and the mother, and on the experiences creating an animated feature. All four look back on their own teenage years and obsessions, while we of course can’t help but squeeze in a cheeky question at the end to Sandra Oh about the forthcoming (and final!) season of Killing Eve. Be sure to watch both interviews in their entirety below.
Sandra Oh & Rosalie Chiang
Domee Shi & Lindsey Collins
Mei Lee (voice of Rosalie Chiang) is a confident, dorky 13-year-old 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 launches on Disney+ on March 11th