In February 2022, Disney and Pixar released one of their most controversial films to date, Turning Red. The movie was about a young pre-teen girl named Mei Lee who begins to go through puberty. However, her experience with puberty is not your traditional one. You see, the women in Mei’s family are cursed, and, whenever Mei’s emotions get the better of her, she “poofs” into a giant red panda. The film dealt with teen girl topics not typically addressed and sometimes seen as taboo, which caused many families to say that the movie was inappropriate for younger audiences. The cast even had to defend it after one reviewer said it wasn’t made for certain audiences because the main characters weren’t men.
Even after Turning Red came out, the criticisms did not die down, but they mostly came from those who didn’t see it. Those who decided to sit down and see what the film was about really enjoyed it. The film is currently sitting at a 94% on the Tomatometer and a 72% audience score on the site Rotten Tomatoes. We are also now learning that it is the number one in-demand film on streaming platforms.
Turning Red was so in-demand that it reached a milestone only about 0.2% of movies achieve. The Wrap reported on the staggering number.
The dominance of “Turning Red” demonstrates continued demand and adoration for both Pixar and Disney Animation titles. “Turning Red” — the coming-of-age movie that follows 13-year-old Mei Lee who turns into a giant red panda when she’s excited — saw a staggering 81 times the average demand of all other films in the United States, putting it in the exceptional category, which only 0.2% of films reach.
“Encanto” and “Luca,” both of which debuted on Disney+ months ago, still saw an outstanding 30.9 times and 24.2 times the average demand of other films in the U.S., respectively.
If you haven’t yet had the chance to see Turning Red, here is more information on the film, courtesy of Disney:
Young actress Rosalie Chiang lends her voice to Mei Lee, a 13-year-old who suddenly “poofs” into a giant red panda when she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS). Sandra Oh voices Mei Lee’s protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming, who is never far from her daughter—an unfortunate reality for the teenager. Directed by Shi and produced by Lindsey Collins, Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red” is now streaming exclusively on Disney+.
Turning Red is currently available to stream on Disney+ and also stars Ava Morse as Miriam, Hyein Park as Abby, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Priya, Orion Lee as Jin, and Tristan Allerick Chen as Tyler. It should be noted that the film is rated PG, so those with younger children may want to look into the film a little bit before choosing whether to let their child watch it.