Sheridan College alumni’s new animated Disney-Pixar film takes place in Toronto


Published July 13, 2021 at 7:09 pm


A Sheridan College alumni turned director, has chosen the City of Toronto as the location for a new Disney-Pixar movie, which will be coming out next year.

In 2019, Domee Shi was awarded the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for her directorial debut, Bao, becoming the fifth Sheridan graduate to win an Oscar for an animated film.

Next year, Shi will be bringing the first-ever animated Disney-Pixar film set in Canada to the public.

The film, which is called Turning Red, features the story of a 13-year-old girl named Mei who turns into a red panda whenever she gets too excited.

A teaser for the movie’s trailer was released today (July 13), prompting many people to share their excitement on Twitter. 

The trailer features several clues that confirm the fact that the film takes place in Toronto, such as sightings of the CN Tower while Mei is running.

Additionally, Canadian flags can be spotted on Mei’s school, which is called Lester B. Pearson Middle School. While this is not a real school in Toronto, it is named after former Canadian Prime Minister, Lester B. Pearson. 

Turning Red  is set to come out on March 11, 2022.

 Photo: Pixar

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