The nostalgic 90s animated series that turns red was influenced by

Pixar’s latest movie, turn redEast slated to premiere on Disney+ next month. Before we venture to Toronto to follow the journey of a teenager who became a giant red panda, CinemaBlend spoke to the filmmakers about making the film, and for ’90s kids in particular, there are plenty of reasons to get excited.

Lately, Pixar has found more influences in anime than ever before. In the last year Lucasa large part of the animation style was inspired by Studio Ghibli movies. When we spoke with turn redRona Liu’s production designer about the vision board for the upcoming movie (in a way), here’s what she said:

Sailor Moon was a huge influence because I remember getting out of school every day at 3:30 p.m. and rushing home every day so I could catch Sailor Moon and record her and study her and I love the pastel colors and the reverie of the backgrounds. For us, it was really about choosing what we like [from anime] because it’s so huge.

As Rona Liu shared, there are a lot of anime elements in general, so the idea of ​​Pixar delving into anime influences with their recent projects opens up a lot of possibilities for the studio. For turn red specifically, the production turned to their own loving childhood Sailor Moon to tell this coming-of-age story set in the 90s. One look at the color palette and it’s easy to see how the beloved manga series inspired turn red.

Image from the TV series Sailor Moon

(Image credit: TV Asahi)

Rona Liu made her Pixar debut for the Oscar-winning animated short Baowhich she directed alongside writer/director Domee Shi before the couple reunited again for turn red. The film is personal for the two of them growing up in the 90s themselves. Growing up in Toronto, Shi decided to portray the diversity of the city in the Pixar film and tell a unique story about a Chinese-Chinese mother/daughter relationship. Canadian.

For the production (which is Pixar’s first female-led team), the animators really focused on have a representation throughout the film, even in the background of the scenes, thanks to new technology. Rona Liu continued to share turn redSpecific anime influences with these words:

For Sailor Moon, we really liked the color scheme and the environments, so that’s what we stuck with. To play, we really wanted something very expressive, so we looked at Tokyo Godfathers because it was a very believable and realistic type of game that was very expressive. So the whole spectrum of anime, we were picking what we liked and putting it in the jar.

While Sailor Moon represents the hyper-femininity of anime’s bright pinks and purples and turn red‘s influences, the production also considered Tokyo GodfathersWhich one is a 2003 adventure animated film about an unlikely trio of homeless people who find a baby and decide to try to find her parents. As Liu shared, Tokyo Godfathers was an influence in the direction of the film’s more realistic acting.

As we prepare to check turn redwhich will be available for streaming with a Disney+ subscriptionit’s interesting to see some of the intentions behind the film so you can research them when you look at march 11.

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