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by Dianna Ranere

Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red arrives on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD May 3

Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red debuts on all major digital platforms April 26 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on May 3, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Pixar fans can transport back to the early aughts and experience all the warm and fuzzy red panda Mei-hem with never-before-seen bonus material including seven deleted scenes, three featurettes and audio commentary with Director Domee Shi. Turning Red is also streaming on Disney+.

Film Synopsis

In Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red, confident, dorky 13-year-old Mei must balance being a dutiful daughter with the chaos of adolescence. Her slightly overbearing mom is never far from her daughter. And, as if changes to Mei’s interests, relationships and body aren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited, she “poofs” into a giant red panda!

Our thoughts

Turning Red was not my favorite Pixar film to date as I feel like it doesn’t relate to a broad audience like most of the movies do. This one seems to cater to young girls as well as parents who maybe grew up in the boy band era. At least that is how it felt to me. It also felt like it was trying to push the overbearing Mom and how young girls feel when they are intrusive. Not having any of this in my life growing up, I didn’t find it relatable.

There was a lot of discussion about this film, about what was appropriate, (period scene) etc. I didn’t have any issues with those things at all. I generally liked the movie, but it just wasn’t my favorite Pixar film. They did do a good job of delving into generational trauma and dealing with that being passed down. Also, dealing with Mei and the reasons why she turns into the Panda. I say give it a go, it might appeal to you for other reasons.

Bonus Features

Audio Commentary – View the film with audio commentary by director Domee
Shi, producer Lindsey Collins, and director of photography Mahyar Abousaeedi.

Featurettes

Life of a Shot – Domee Shi and members of the crew describe the many-layered process and artistry involved in creating the hilarious Red Peony scene – from observing red pandas in a zoo to creating a storyboard to finalizing the animation and background lighting.

Build Your Own Boy Band – Step backstage to learn how 4*TOWN came to animated life. From creating each band member’s persona to writing and producing the songs to fine-tuning the details of their stadium performance, the filmmakers reveal how they designed the ultimate boy band.

Ani-Mei-Tion – Because Mei’s heightened emotionality is central to the story, it was important that her look and movement reflect that energy. Learn how Domee Shi led the animation team to incorporate hints of expressive anime to create Mei’s lovable, dynamic character.

Deleted Scenes

  • Deleted Scenes Introduction – Director Domee Shi introduces scenes not included in the final version of Turning Red.
  • Intro Meilin – In this alternate opening, Ming and young Mei have their portrait taken in a studio…but Ming has her own specific vision for the photo.
  • Taming The Panda – Under her mother’s guidance, Mei learns techniques to control her ability to magically turn into a red panda…to varying degrees of success.
  • The Debate – Mei runs for class president against frenemy Tyler, and the speeches get a little out of hand.
  • Fei And Christina Hang – Mei (formerly Fei) shares a banana split while having a heart-to-heart with Aunt Christina.
  • 4*TOWN Dilemma – Mei scores tickets to her dream concert, but her strict mother won’t let her out of the house. What will she do?
  • Roping In Leo – Pleading with Leo for help with getting out of trouble, Mei learns a couple of his closely guarded secrets.

Easter Egg – Robutton Deleted Scene – An alternate ending in which Mei, finding herself sitting next to her 4*TOWN dream-idol Robaire on a flight to California, has some feelings.

*bonus features vary by product and retailer

Print out the Turning Red Family Activity Pack full of fun activities.

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