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In February 2022, Disney and Pixar released one of their most controversial films to date, To redden. The film was about a young girl named Mei Lee who is hitting puberty. However, your experience of puberty is not your traditional one. You see, the women in Mei’s family are cursed, and when Mei’s feelings get the better of her, she “puffs” into a giant red panda. The film addressed teenage girl issues that were not typically addressed and sometimes considered taboo, leading many families to say the film was unsuitable for younger audiences. The cast even had to defend it after a reviewer said it wasn’t made for specific audiences because the main characters aren’t male.

Mei blushes

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Even after To redden When it came out, the criticism didn’t abate, but it came mostly from those who hadn’t seen it. Those who decided to sit down and see what the film is about really enjoyed it. The film currently sits at 94% on the Tomatometer and 72% viewers on Rotten Tomatoes. We also now learn that it is the number one requested film on streaming platforms.

Ming-and-Mei blush

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To redden was so popular that only about 0.2% of films reached a milestone. The Wrap reported the amazing number.

Turning Red’s dominance demonstrates the continued demand and admiration for Pixar and Disney animated titles. ‘Turning Red’ – the coming-of-age film that follows 13-year-old Mei Lee as she transforms into a giant red panda when she’s excited – saw a staggering 81 times higher demand than all other films in the United States put it in the exceptional category, which only 0.2% of films achieve.

Encanto and Luca, both of which debuted months ago on Disney+, still saw an excellent 30.9x and 24.2x average demand, respectively, compared to other films in the US.

To redden

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In case you haven’t seen it yet To reddenhere is more information about the film, courtesy of Disney:

Young actress Rosalie Chiang lends her voice to Mei Lee, a 13-year-old who suddenly transforms into a giant red panda when she’s too excited (which is pretty much ALWAYS the case). Sandra Oh addresses Mei Lee’s protective if not slightly overbearing mother Ming, who is never far from her daughter – an unfortunate reality for the teenager. Directed by Shi and produced by Lindsey Collins, Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red is now streaming exclusively on Disney+.

To redden

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To redden is currently available to stream on Disney+ and also includes Ava Morse as Miriam, Hyein Park as Abby, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Priya, Orion Lee as Jin and Tristan Allerick Chen as Tyler. It should be noted that the film is rated PG so those with younger children might want to watch the film for a bit before deciding whether to let their child see it.

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