A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Pursuing dreams. Breaking glass-ceiling barriers. Creating a work-life balance.
Positive Role Models
Key leadership behind the making of the documentary are all women. They include Domee Shi, a first-time feature director, Rona Liu, a production designer and expectant parent, Danielle Feinberg, married with twins and who is also visual effects supervisor and first woman in 20 years at Pixar to hold this job, and Lindsey Collins, a producer, movie crew manager, and mom of three teens. Colleagues share support for Shi's skill set and vision for the film, as do the families of Shi and Liu in their pursuits in the arts and job opportunities in the film industry.
Images include BIPOC and White women who lead documentary filmmaking team, BIPOC and White crew members, and heterosexual, interracial, multicultural, and LGBTQ+ marriages, partners, and families.
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Violence & Scariness
Images of anger and yelling by Turning Red's main character Meilin "Mei" Lee.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussions include hormones, puberty, pregnancy, a girl's unrequited crush on a woman, and a couple conceiving a child out of wedlock.
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Use of "dang," a substitute for the word "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Promotes the movie Turning Red. References to social media sites, images of smartphones, laptops, and food products, and logos and messages on apparel.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Embrace the Panda: Making Turning Red is a documentary about the behind-the-scenes production of the film Turning Red. Discussions include puberty, pregnancy, a young girl's unrequited crush on a woman, and a couple conceiving a child out of wedlock. There's an image of Turning Red's character Meilin "Mei" Lee (voiced by Rosalie Chiang) yelling, and also use of the phrase "dang" as a substitute for the word "damn." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This stylish blend of storytelling is superbly-crafted entertainment for tweens and teens who may want to develop a deeper interest and career pursuit in the moviemaking process. The documentary Embrace the Panda: Making Turning Red truly demonstrates what it could take to get there, including encouragement by friends and family. "She just always believed that I know what's best that gave me so much freedom to be the artist that I am today," says production designer Rona Liu (Bao) about her mom. Director Domee Shi (Bao) recalls that her parents saved all of her drawings and writings while growing up "in Toronto and being the only child of my over-protective mom and dad." Danielle Feinberg (WALL-E), a visual effects supervisor, further spells out that the team's Turning Red is a "film about growing up and figuring out who you are and embracing that." And so does Embrace the Panda: Making Turning Red in its very eloquent delivery.
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