Turning Red – Movie Review

Turning Red is now streaming on Disney+.

Turning Red Movie Review

Pixar’s latest film Turning Red, is getting mistreated by Disney. It was forced to skip theaters and head straight to the streaming service, Disney+. This is not the first time that Pixar films were given this type of treatment. Soul and Luca were the previous two Pixar movies to go straight to Disney+. Hopefully, this does not become a trend, as Pixar deserves respect.


Mei Lee, a confident, dorky 13-year-old. She is torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. 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!

Turning Red is a very upbeat film that takes place in Toronto during the early 2000s. The nostalgia in this film is pretty entertaining and takes me back to my own teenage year during the same time. It might not be the highest quality Pixar movie, but families will have something fun and vibrant to watch together this month. This film touches on many issues pre-teens/teens face with overbearing parents and navigating puberty. It is also a female-driven story, so young girls will have a lot to relate to. This might be one of Pixar’s most teen-friendly films to date.


I give Turning Red 3.5 out 5 stars. It a delightful coming to age story that deserved a theatrical release. It is now streaming on Disney+ at no additional cost.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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