The filmmaker Domee Shi, winner of an Oscar in 2018 for the short BAG, debuts in the directorial chair of feature film with Red, the new Disney Pixar film whose young protagonist must deal with the “ailments” of adolescence in the midst of an overprotective mother, a giant red panda and a boy band, whose songs have been composed by musical stars Billie Eilish Y Finneas.
What is it about?
The story of Red introduces us to Mei Lee, a slightly weird but confident 13-year-old girl who is torn between being the obedient daughter her mother wants her to be and the chaos of adolescence. Ming, her protective and demanding mother, is never separated from her, an undesirable situation for a teenager. As if the changes in her life and body weren’t enough, every time Mei gets too excited (which she does almost all the time), she turns into a giant red panda.
The vocal cast brings together a good number of actors and actresses: Rosalie Chiang (Click Wars) Y Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy; Killing Eve) lend their voices in the original English version to Mei and her mother Ming, respectively.
The voices in English of Orion Lee (First Cow) as Jin, the voice of Mei’s father, and Wai Ching Ho (Daredevil) as the voice of the grandmother. Mei’s group of friends are portrayed in English by Ava Morse as Miriam, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Priya, and Hyein Park as Abby. Tristan Allerick Chen voices his classmate Tyler in English, and Addie Chandler voices Devon, Mei’s secret crush. The voices of the band members “4*Town” They are Jordan Fisher, Grayson Villanueva, Josh Levi, Topher Ngo and Finneas O’Connell. The cast is completed by James Hong, Lori Tan Chinn, Lillian Lim, Mia Tagano, Sherry Cola, Sasha Roiz and Lily Sanfelippo.
Billie Eilish and FINNEAS
Within the fiction of Red, brothers Billie Eilish and multiple GRAMMY award winners FINNEAS are responsible for writing the songs for “4*Town“, the boy band fiction that “breaks hearts” in the movie. The production asked the singers to write three original songs, one of them is called «Nobody Like U», which appears in the trailer.
“When we started talking about Billie Eilish and FINNEAS, before they won ‘1 billion’ Grammy Awards, we could tell they were up to date with the latest trends,” said producer Lindsey Collins. “We were great fans. We met with them and brought up this crazy idea of a boy band, asking if they would be interested in writing and producing the songs. They were interested!
The director Domee Shi revealed how important it was to include a boy band in the story of a 13-year-old girl set in the 2000s. “We needed our character Mei to be obsessed with something her mother wouldn’t approve of,” Shi said. Referring to that time, he added: “The boy band they were the first step into the boy’s world for many girls of that age. The members of the band were all super pretty, elegant, delicate and loving, and they had a particular way of bringing young women together with their best friends. Also, I thought it would be cool to create an animated boy band”.
Red will premiere exclusively on Disney Plus on 11 out of March 2022.