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Parents criticize Disney film Turning Red for intermittent debate

Pixar’s latest children’s film Turning Red has been criticized as “inappropriate” for mentioning periods “multiple times,” but others PRAISE it for showing “normal bodily functions.”

  • The new Pixar film for Disney+, Turning Red, tells the story of Mei Lee, a 13-year-old girl who transforms into a giant red panda when her feelings get too much
  • Some have taken to social media to say the film’s content is not appropriate for a PG audience, as there are multiple references to periods and crushes
  • However, others have praised the film, saying, “The more menstruation is mentioned, the less scary it becomes.”
  • The film Rosalie Chiang as main character Meilin ‘Mei’ Lee and Killing Eve star Sandra Oh provides the voiceover for Ming Lee, Mei’s mother

The latest children’s film to be released on Disney+ has sparked controversy among some – because it contains multiple references to teenage periods and crushes.

To redden, The first Pixar film to be directed exclusively by a woman, Domee Shi, has an age rating (PG), but some on social media have deemed the film “inappropriate” for younger children.

The Pixar film documents the story of Mei Lee, a 13-year-old girl who transforms into a giant red panda when her emotions get too much – a trait shared by other women in her family.

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While menstruation is only hinted at in Pixar’s new Disney+ film, some parents have deemed the references to periods and crushes “inappropriate” for a PG audience

Some have said on social media that the film's content, which focuses on the character of 13-year-old Mei, is not appropriate for a PG audience as there are multiple references to periods and crushes

Some have said on social media that the film’s content, which focuses on the character of 13-year-old Mei, is not appropriate for a PG audience as there are multiple references to periods and crushes

Fantasy comedy animation films stars Rosalie Chiang as lead character Meilin ‘Mei’ Lee and Killing Eve star Sandra Oh takes on the voice of Ming Lee, Mei’s mother.

While the film doesn’t explicitly mention menstruation, it does make reference to it in several places, including a scene where Mei is asked, “Has the big red peony arrived?”. by her mother after hearing a commotion in the family bathroom.

The “peony” scene in Ming then walks through the bathroom door with toiletries, a hot water bottle and painkillers, as she says: “[She is a] woman now and [her] body begins to change. ‘

One person who saw the film wrote on Twitter: “You should not let your children watch the film. In my honest opinion it’s not appropriate for kids to watch it. ‘

The new Disney film also references the high school crushes of crazed boy band Mei

The new Disney film also references the high school crushes of crazed boy band Mei

A poster on Twitter added: “Boring annoying characters, unfunny, a story that is NOT age appropriate for my 5 and 6 year olds, I never heard them laugh once, the puberty story is over their heads. I’m SO glad we didn’t waste money to see this in theaters.

Another agreed, saying: “We love supporting films with Asian characters/stories but a story about a boy band obsessed teenager wasn’t. Most of the content wasn’t kid-friendly and my kids never warmed to it.”

However, many people said they loved the fact that the film “discusses something that 50 percent of the population experiences.”

One wrote: “Body functions scare some people. The more menstruation is mentioned, the less scary it becomes.

Another added: “It’s overwhelming to me that it’s 2022 and there are still people who think it’s not child friendly to talk about menstruation!”

A parade attendee also applauded, saying: “Despite the outcry I’m reading in some reviews, it’s 100% kid-friendly for both boys and girls. It’s time that basic biology, which affects almost 50% of the population by the age of 9, wasn’t taboo. This allegory of growing up is well done.”

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