Skip To Content

    Pixar's Newest Film Is About A Giant, Anxious Red Panda And I'm Already Sold

    Being a red panda is a blessing, not a curse.

    Say hello to 13-year-old Mei Lee, who isn't just a red panda looking anxiously into a bathroom mirror, but rather a normal human teen trying to live her normal teen life.

    Pixar

    But living "normally" isn't quite as easy to do when you poof into a giant red panda every time you get too excited or stressed. That's the premise for Pixar's latest film, Turning Red, and they just dropped a brand-new teaser trailer that has a pretty incredible song choice:

    Growing up is a beast. Watch the brand-new trailer for Disney and Pixar’s #TurningRed, coming Spring 2022.

    Disney Pixar

    In the teaser, Mei Lee — who is voiced by newcomer Rosalie Chiang — is in school just trying to mind her business and pay attention in math class, as any good student would.

    Disney Pixar

    She's then slipped a note that has a message no teen wants to see.

    The note says "Your mom is OUTSIDE"
    Disney Pixar

    Yep, that's her overprotective mom — voiced by Sandra Oh — hiding behind a tree.

    Disney Pixar

    Mei is obviously petrified as her mom fights off school security.

    Disney Pixar

    And while the entire class gets a front row seat to the fight...

    Disney Pixar

    ...Mei has a whole panic attack at her desk. You can guess what happens next.

    Disney Pixar

    Yep, she poofs into a big red panda. As one does.

    Disney Pixar

    And the only way to hide from the embarrassment is by running away from the school as Backstreet Boys' "Larger Than Life" plays in the background.

    Disney Pixar

    The film is written and directed by Domee Shi (pictured right), who previously won an Oscar in 2019 for her amazing Pixar short, Bao.

    Domee posing with her Oscar backstage with a fellow Oscar winner
    George Pimentel / Getty Images

    The film is also set in Domee's hometown of Toronto in Canada.

    This one’s for you Canada 🇨🇦 Director Domee Shi chose her hometown of Toronto as the backdrop for her new feature film, with Ottawa native @IamSandraOh lending her voice and a group of very talented Canadian artists on the filmmaking team. (1/2)

    Disney Pixar

    Many Canadian Easter eggs are also promised.

    @IamSandraOh Get ready for all of the Canadian easter eggs in #TurningRed, Spring 2022 (2/2)

    Turning Red is scheduled to be released March 11, 2022, and I just know the film and all the merch that comes with it are gonna be too adorable for words.

    Disney Pixar

    TV and Movies

    Get all the best moments in pop culture & entertainment delivered to your inbox.

    Newsletter signup form