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Disney Shares “Turning Red” Fun Facts

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Disney shared these fun facts about the latest Pixar hit, “Turning Red”. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you can find it on Disney+!

OH CANADA Set in Toronto in 2002, “Turning Red” includes a host of details specific
to the time and place, including street furniture, signs written in Canadian English and
even milk sold in bags versus cartons.

When Mei is in the school music room, the music notes are the actual notes for the
national anthem “Oh Canada.”

The closeup shot of a bobble head moose on Ming’s car’s dashboard is not just a
Canada reference, but also for director Domee Shi’s dad who has a similar trinket on
his dashboard.

FRIENDS 4*EVER Mei and her friends have matching bracelets that were designed to
look like they’re handmade by the young teens.

POWER OF THE PALETTE Each of the main characters has a distinct color palette:
Mei is red, Miriam is yellow and green, Abby is lavender and Priya is ochre.

The background characters at school don grayish bluegreen clothing so that the
main characters pop against the crowd.

SIGNATURE LOOKS Artists gave each of Mei’s best friends a distinguishing
characteristic thatin addition to their specific color paletteshelps audiences quickly
differentiate the teens.

Animators showed off Miriam’s braces as much as possible.

Abby has “angry eyebrows” even when she’s happy, underscoring her quirky yet
intense personality.

Artists never raised Priya’s eyelids all the way, giving her a calm and cool look.

WINDBLOWN When Mei goes from red panda back to 13yearold girl, a small gust of
wind accompanies the transformation. Filmmakers scaled Mei’s hair up to twice its
actual length for just a few frames before it settles into its established length.

BACK TO SCHOOL Filmmakers had to build a middle school for the film, showcasing
Mei’s friendships and new interests away from her mother’s watchful eye. Designed with
the film’s city setting in mind, artists actually found blueprints for the school director
Domee Shi attended to use as inspiration for the layout of an urban school in Toronto.

TIMELY As filmmakers created the environments for the film, they looked for
opportunities to reinforce the film’s early 2000s setting. There are wallmounted
telephones, oldschool computers, CD players and handheld video games at Mei’s
school. VHS tapes line the shelves in the Lee household.

BACKWARDS THINKING In order to make the handdrawn posters that hang in the
middle school look as if they were drawn by middle schoolers, artists on the graphics
team wrote each letter inversely or changed their grip on the pen.