Pixar’s Turning Red might be called a mother-daughter story, but it’s equally devoted to sharing a true tale of friendship. Meilin Lee, the girl who sometimes turns into a red panda, has three best friends who always have her back.
Rosalie Change voices Meilin Lee
She is a 13-year-old Chinese Canadian who’s confident, she’s ambitious, and she’s a little dorky and a bit of an overachiever. But she puts so much value in her friendships and her relationship with her mom. And in this movie, she goes through these huge changes and she’s dealing with this. But at the same time, she has all these things in her life, but she doesn’t want to lose herself as well.-Rosalie Change
Ava Morse voices Miriam
Miriam is the best friend that you could ever want. She’s funny, she’s always there for you. She’s a party animal and she just always knows how to cheer you up when you’re down.-Ava Morse
Animators showed off Miriam’s braces as much as possible while giving her a yellow and green color palette.
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan voices Priya
Priya is pretty sarcastic, dry, very deadpan. But you know what? She’s really cool. I think she’s one cool cat. And, yeah, she’s always down to clown, but always with a cool attitude.-Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
Priya was given ochre as her signature color, and the artists never raised Priya’s eyelids all the way to give her a calm and cool look.
Hyein Park voices Abby
Abby’s like this little ball of energy, and very loving – very passionate, but comes up a little too explosive at some times. I would say she loves her friends so much, especially when they’re fluffy.-Hyein Park
Animators gave Abby a lavender color palette and “angry eyebrows” even when she’s happy to underscore her quirky yet intense personality.
About Turning Red
Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red” introduces Mei Lee (voice of Rosalie Chiang), a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming (voice of Sandra Oh), 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! Directed by Academy Award® winner Domee Shi (Pixar short “Bao”) and produced by Lindsey Collins, Turning Red releases on March 11, 2022.