A new trailer for Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red has been released. With it comes the introduction of the Pixar original boy band 4*Town. Director Domee Shi shared that since the movie was about a 13-year-old girl growing up. in the early 2000s, this was an absolute necessity. “We needed our character Mei to be obsessed with something that her mom would not approve of,” said Shi. “Boy bands were the first step into the world of boys for a lot of girls that age. The guys were all super pretty, polished, soft and loving, and they had of way of bringing girls and their besties together. Plus, I thought it’d be really cool to create an animated boy band.”
4*Town is Pixar’s first boy band. Pixar brought GRAMMY®-winning singer-songwriters Billie Eilish and FINNEAS to write this fictional band’s songs. There are three in total for the film. One of them, Nobody Like U, is featured in the trailer. “When we first started talking about Billie Eilish and FINNEAS—back before they’d won a billion GRAMMYS—we could see then how they had their finger on the pulse,” said producer Lindsey Collins. “We were big fans. We met with them and pitched this crazy idea of a boy band, asking if they’d be interested in writing and producing the songs. They were!”
Both Billie Eilish and FINNEAS have quite impressive resumes to their names. Eilish debuted her sophomore album Happier Than Ever at No. 1 in the Billboard 200 in the united states along with 19 countries globally. She made history as the youngest artist to win all the major categories at the 62nd GRAMMY® Awards. There she won awards for best new artist, album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, and best pop vocal album.
FINNEAS is also the youngest to win a GRAMMY® for producer of the year (non-classical). He has written and produced multiple hits for quite a few superstars, including his sister Billie Eilish. He also has worked with Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Camila Cabello, Tove Lo, Kid Cudi and Ben Platt, and more. His first solo album Optimist is now available.
The score for Turning Red is being written by GRAMMY®-, Oscar®- and Emmy®-winning Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson. He has written the scores for Black Panther and also The Mandalorian among others. “I’ve been a fan of his for a while,” said Shi. “We were drawn to his versatility—he’s a composer, but he also produces pop music. We knew he would help us create a very unique sound.”
More members of the vocal cast were also announced today. They join Rosalie Chiang and Sandra Oh who voice Mei and her mother Ming. Orion Lee is the voice of Mei’s Dad, Jin. Wai Ching Ho voices Grandma. Mei’s group of friends are voiced by Ava Morse as Miriam, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Priya, and Hyein Park as Abby. Tristan Allerick Chen voices classmate Tyler, and Addie Chandler lends his voice to Mei’s secret crush Devon. The voices that bring to life 4*Town are Jordan Fisher, Grayson Villanueva, Josh Levi, Topher Ngo and Finneas O’Connell. Finally, the cast also includes James Hong, Lori Tan Chinn, Lillian Lim, Mia Tagano, Sherry Cola, Sasha Roiz and Lily Sanfelippo.
Turning Red will be released on March 11, 2022.
Turning Red Official Description
Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red” introduces Mei Lee (voice of Rosalie Chiang), a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming (voice of Sandra Oh), is never far from her daughter—an unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS), she “poofs” into a giant red panda! Directed by Academy Award® winner Domee Shi (Pixar short “Bao”) and produced by Lindsey Collins “Turning Red releases on March 11, 2022.
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