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March 10, 2022

Lunatics Want Mans Life RUINIED For Not Liking Pixar Movie About Young Girls

TheQuartering [3/10/2022]

According to CBC:

A review posted on website CinemaBlend of Disney-Pixar’s new animated film Turning Red was pulled Tuesday, after some readers lambasted it for ignoring the cultural experience of its creator — and the film’s cast argued that it very much depicts a universal experience. 

The film, which premieres on Friday, is directed and co-written by Canadian animator Domee Shi and will be Pixar’s first feature-length film directed by an Asian woman. The movie follows the story of Meilin (Mei) Lee, a 13-year-old Chinese Canadian girl living in Toronto who discovers she has the ability to turn into a giant red panda.

The review, written by CinemaBlend managing director Sean O’Connell, complained that the film’s focus on Lee’s Asian background — as well as plot lines that revolve around Lee’s struggles through puberty as a young girl — limited the film’s ability to connect with audiences. 

“I recognized the humour in the film, but connected with none of it,” O’Connell wrote in his review. 

“By rooting Turning Red very specifically in the Asian community of Toronto, the film legitimately feels like it was made for Domee Shi’s friends and immediate family members. Which is fine — but also, a tad limiting in its scope.”

When asked whether that might be a problem for audiences, Turning Red‘s cast disagreed.

“Of course not,” Rosalie Chiang, who plays Lee, told CBC News in an interview. “This is a coming of age film, everyone goes through this change … I think different people of different cultures are going to go through it differently, but at the end of the day, the core messiness and change is something everyone can relate to.”

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