Hot This Week: Turning Red and It’s Unlikely Culture War Battleground

Hot This Week: Turning Red and It’s Unlikely Culture War Battleground

Pixar’s new movie “Turning Red” recently gained public’s attention after raising an unlikely discussion for teenage animation.

Turning Red is a coming-of-age film following a 13 years old girl named Mei. Apart from her interest in boys, Mei is pretty much an obedient kid who does not cause too much trouble. But here is the catch, everytime Mei gets too excited, she will turn into a giant red panda! And so for the rest of the story, we get to see how Mei and her group of friends navigate through the chaos of youth and puberty.

The film is a major success, both film critics and artists are satisfied with all the formulas working out on Turning Red. On the critics’ side, the film receives praise for bringing up hard conversations into an art. On top of the great premise of puberty, in fact Turning Red also shades some lights into generational differences often occurring between parents and their children. And just how Finding Nemo is all about a child’s cry for autonomy, Turning Red touches on the subject of a teenager’s struggle to balance her family and her own needs.

However, despite all the good reviews, there are some parents who raised their concerns against the film. Among those are remarks saying that it is “too vulgar” and that Mei is too “boy-nutty” for their liking. These are, of course, good points to question. However, are we going to completely ignore our shared-experience as teenage girls simply because it makes some people uncomfortable? We don’t think so and just like Finding Nemo is life-changing for many in our generation, we hope Turning Red is going to be one for the generation to come.

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