Pixar's Turning Red, now streaming on Disney+, is no doubt one of the most relatable movies for teen girls in years. The story follows Mei, an Asian Canadian 13-year-old living in Toronto who holds a mysterious family secret. The story takes place in 2002, and anime is clearly an inspiration for many of the scenes in Turning Red.
Fans are sharing the references from Turning Red that they noticed from old-school anime like Sailor Moon, Neon Evangelion Gensis, and even JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Take a look below and vote up the best references eagle-eyed viewers found in Turning Red.
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Fighting Crime Like 'Sailor Moon'Photo: IskanderRider3 / Twitter
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The Expressions Are Totally Nostalgic
I just realized why Turning Red keeps catching my eyes.— Foxhack / Dave Silva (@Foxhack) March 18, 2022
The facial expressions shown in the memes and photos tweeted remind me a lot of 1980s and early 1990s anime and manga expressions. Other folks have probably mentioned this by now, but I think that's a neat detail. pic.twitter.com/J4xvIgv3bv
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As Animated As The 'Sailor Moon' Girls
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Drawing On Classic '90s AnimePhoto: CharlotteKaye / Twitter
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Same Energy As Usagi From 'Sailor Moon'
Ah, now I remember where I've seen this energy before. pic.twitter.com/Gh5Be7LFEF— Kaelan Ramos (@KaelanRamos) March 16, 2022
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Clear Anime Inspirations
Director Domee Shi to @TheWrap:— Disney Animation Promos (@DisneyAPromos) February 10, 2022
"[In anime], they really exaggerate the lighting and the sets and everything frame to really make us feel what characters are feeling in that moment. That’s what we were inspired by in creating the look for 'TURNING RED." pic.twitter.com/Tvc6BW9wLj