Pixar has been reimagining and revolutionizing animation since Toy Story came out in 1995. For over 25 years, the studio has released a wide range of animated movies, many of which have been termed some of the greatest animated films ever made. Pixar is known for its quirky stories that are appealing and pleasing to both kids and adults while tackling different subjects through metaphors, and the latest from the studio is the coming of age story, 'Turning Red'. 'Turning Red' follows a 13 years old girl who turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited.
Unlike most animated studios, Pixar has proven multiple times that a movie can be deep and meaningful while also providing a fun-loving experience. Writer and Director Domee Shi didn't disappoint with her first feature and the fact that this story is such a dear and personal one for her cemented the genius of this film even more. The film uses the metaphor of turning into a red panda to address the becoming of a girl into a young woman, I love how it didn't shy from how embarrassing and awkward changes to one's body can make one feel. It also touches on how clingy and overprotective parents can be and how it affects the child.
The animation style of this film is different from anything Pixar has done before and I'm sensing a pattern with Pixar trying out new styles in their recent movies like 'Luca' and 'Soul', but that doesn't make it any less brilliant, the animation feels like it was pulled from the pages of a drawing book, so beautiful. Oh, and the music, I had too much fun just dancing along to exquisite music, and the parr towards the ending when they mixed the native and hip-hop was one of the best things I've heard in a long time. I think I've sold the idea of how amazing this film is, it's a perfect film to watch with the kids or without them.