Pixar’s Turning Red Trailer, Plus Billie Eilish and Finneas To Write Original Songs

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Disney and Pixar are working on a new animated movie, Turning Red, which follows a 13-year-old girl who can transform into a giant red panda. The trailer and poster have been released, giving audiences a taste of what they can expect. The film is directed by Domee Shi, who is known for directing the animated short Bao.

The film features a fictional boy band, 4*Town, and Pixar and Disney have brought Billie Eilish and Finneas on board to write songs for the group.

Check out the trailer below:

The film is set in the early 2000s, and Shi explained the importance of a boy band for a young girl in that time period.

“We needed our character Mei to be obsessed with something that her mom would not approve of,” said Shi in a statement. “Boy bands were the first step into the world of boys for a lot of girls that age. The guys were all super pretty, polished, soft and loving, and they had of way of bringing girls and their besties together. Plus, I thought it’d be really cool to create an animated boy band.”

Billie Eilish and Finneas will have three songs written for the fictional band. One of them includes “Nobody Like U,” which is featured in the trailer.

“When we first started talking about Billie Eilish and FINNEAS—back before they’d won a billion GRAMMYS—we could see then how they had their finger on the pulse,” said producer Lindsey Collins. “We were big fans. We met with them and pitched this crazy idea of a boy band, asking if they’d be interested in writing and producing the songs. They were!”

Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther, The Mandalorian) is attached as the film’s composer.

About Turning Red

Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red” introduces Mei Lee, 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, 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!

It’s directed by Domee Shi and produced by Lindsey Collins.

The film features the voices of Rosalie Chiang as Mei, Sandra Oh as Mei’s mother Ming, Orion Lee as Mei’s father Jin, and Wai Ching Ho as Grandma. Mei’s friends are Ava Morse as Miriam, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Priya, and Hyein Park as Abby. Tristan Allerick Chen is Tyler and Addie Chandler is Devon, Mei’s secret crush. The members of 4*Town are Jordan Fisher, Grayson Villanueva, Josh Levi, Topher Ngo and Finneas O’Connell. The rest of the cast include James Hong, Lori Tan Chinn, Lillian Lim, Mia Tagano, Sherry Cola, Sasha Roiz and Lily Sanfelippo.

Turning Red releases on March 11, 2022.

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