With the pandemic, Disney has gotten into the bad habit of sacrificing the last Pixar feature films originally slated to hit theaters. After Drunk and Lukeso it’s your turnred alarm will be released exclusively on the Disney+ streaming platform on Friday, March 11. A disappointment for the team of Canadian director of Chinese origin Domee Shi and for the studios, whose productions have not been shown on the big screen since. forward in March 2020.
However, the story ofred alarm not lacking in inventiveness. We follow a 13-year-old girl nicknamed Mei-Mei, lofty and emotional, gripped by the torments of adolescence. Torn between her first romantic feelings, her overflowing energy and the strict traditions of her Chinese family, she suddenly changes into an imposing red panda and only regains her normal appearance if she manages to channel her emotions.
In the kitsch Toronto of 2002, punctuated by the hits of boy bands and Tamagotchi but still far removed from the frenzy of social networks, young Mei finds refuge in her group of friends and soon discovers that this transformation into a red panda spans several generations. his family. His mother, pushy and pushy, will then help him follow an ancestral ritual to enable him to finally free himself from his curse.
Refreshing thanks to an energetic cadence and biting humor, red alarm stands out from other Pixar films for its ability to break the studio’s usual codes. Known for its audacity, the Emeryville, California-based company pushes the extravagance beyond normal, thanks to the creativity of the director and the female production team that surrounds her.
Domee Shi, already at the base of the short film bao (2018), is here freely inspired by the Japanese references that have characterized his career, from Sailor Moon animated films from Studio Ghibli, such as My neighbor Totoro Where chased away† There even is Ranma 1/2 in these deliberately overplayed expressions, these improbable metamorphoses, and these big manga eyes that exacerbate the characters’ emotions.
The metaphor of the furry, crazy and angry red panda to illustrate the transformation of a 13-year-old teenager in full puberty works wonderfully. Even if the theme has already been explored by Pixar in the movie Vice versa in 2015, Domee Shi delivered a work here that is rich in childhood memories and symbols. “The red panda is the perfect picture of the upheaval that I have experienced like everyone else at this age. There are these hairs that appear everywhere, and then this red that will represent both love, the budding desire, anger and of course the first period These are difficult times, but I wanted to show with this film that we can survive them all.”explains the 33-year-old director during the presentation ofred alarm to the French press.
Real trademark of the studio, Pixar thus delivers with its 26th feature a new film with several readings. Even if children will appreciate the red panda’s facial expressions and jokes, it is more likely teenagers and their parents who will find themselves through this modern tale. Between the need for emancipation on the one hand and the desire to retain some control over one’s own progeny on the other, entering “the stupid age” as the director points out is treated there with as much second degree as benevolence, for teenagers. as for adults.
Driven by three songs written by new American pop star Billie Eilish with her brother Finneas O’Connell—which perfectly translate the groups’ 2000s effervescence—May-May’s disrupted evolution leaves you thinking about self-acceptance for nearly 40 hours. and how you deal with change. Without reaching the heights of a Vice versa in terms of emotion, without being either the finest of Pixar movies in terms of graphics and animation, red alarm worth the detour for the director’s bold choices. Domee Shi delivers a very personal, feminine and inspired film, which without any health problems would undoubtedly have deserved a shot at the cinema.
Sex: Animation, family, comedy
Director: Domee Shie
Original title : To blush
French dubbing: Jaynelia Coadou, Yumi Fujimori, Lou Levy, Isabelle Gardien
Country : United States
Duration : 1h40
Exit in France : March 11, 2022 on Disney+
distributor : Pixar Animation Studios / Walt Disney Studios
Short content † The adventures of Meilin Lee, a 13-year-old teenager, self-confident but torn between her image as a model girl in the eyes of her overprotective mother and the chaos of adolescence. And as if all the changes happening inside her weren’t enough, every time she’s overwhelmed by her emotions – which almost always happens for a teenager – she turns into a giant red panda.