The “Turning Red” trailer starts off by establishing Mei’s life in Toronto, as she has a great group of friends around her and enjoys going to school. However, when she quickly discovers that she accidentally turns into a giant red panda whenever she feels extremely emotional — it only makes her panic even more. But the new footage reveals that Mei’s family have always had a “mystical connection” with red pandas, and as her mother Ming Lee (Sandra Oh) puts it, this “little quirk” runs in the family.
Although Mei quickly realizes she can use her red panda to her advantage, even getting revenge on a bully at school by using a fluffy arm to hurl a dodgeball at his head. There’s plenty of visual gags and one-liners in the trailer, and it looks like it’ll be a great family movie. But the best part of the “Turning Red” trailer is the song choice. Using NSYNC’s “It’s Gonna Be Me,” Pixar cleverly nods to the film’s main character, while also signaling to the popular internet meme that mock’s Justin Timberlake’s pronunciation of the word. We see what you did there, Pixar.
“Turning Red” arrives in theaters on March 11, 2022.