Review: Transformation is a solid and bold pixarka, which deviates in many ways from the norm

The story of a girl and her inner panda.

This is exactly what the cartoon Transformation, the latest work from the Pixar studio, is about. This is another in a series of long-awaited animators that fans have enjoyed due to their touching, deep stories and top quality animation. In that regard, Transformation certainly won’t disappoint, but it’s a bit of an oddball work, one that in many ways deviates a bit from the norm.

We look at 13-year-old Mei Lee, whose family is originally from China but lives in Toronto, Canada. Mei Lee tries to be the best at everything, especially to please her mother. She excels at school, manages several circles at the same time, and helps her mother with her on a daily basis in their family business, in short, she tries to be as mature as possible. One day, however, an old family charm awakens within her and Mei Lee transforms into a huge red panda whenever she is overwhelmed by a wave of various feelings. And now this thirteen-year-old girl has to learn to live with her emotions and start to accept herself for who she is.

Creators meet self-discovery and how we shouldn’t be afraid to reveal our different sides.The message of the film is therefore relatively clear and very positive. The creators meet self-discovery and how we shouldn’t be afraid to reveal our different sides, not be afraid of life changes (the title film then definitely meets puberty), and not be afraid to express our emotions. There’s nothing wrong with being yourself and giving in to your natural feelings. In addition, as is customary at Pixar, the creators do not spare moving key moments and a beautiful final idea.

A big plus is that the film has a very rapid decline. The story starts from the very beginning and is certainly not boring, something is constantly happening on the screen. The narration has a very energetic charge and dynamic, which is complemented by many anime elements (such as glowing and enlarged eyes, typical sounds indicating the character’s mood, etc.), which enliven the entire spectacle. Although these elements seem a little strange and out of place at first, it takes us some time to get used to their extravagance and expressiveness. However, once we understand their purpose, their meta-humor, and what the creators are trying to refer to, this page of the movie will be mostly entertaining.

This is also associated with an unusual animation style. It is undoubtedly very successful and above the norm for Pixar. In short, the individual textures of fabrics and clothes, the red panda’s fur coat, the surfaces of materials or the appearance of food become more and more realistic. However, the looks of the characters are a little more animated, and not as authentic as for Soul, where the heroes in the design looked almost like real people. These are a bit more caricatural here, as in the case of Luca, and that’s good, because it sticks a bit to the general atmosphere of the work. The anime style, in which the characters are slightly stylized, also adds to this.

Also worth mentioning is the musical accompaniment, which is dominated by songs from the fictional pop group 4Town. It is an almost direct parody of a boy band like the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC or the current BTS. Their songs are catchy and energetic and enliven the whole show, which is even more filled with them.

All in all, the transformation is definitely a hilarious animator that meets all the classic Pixar parameters. The creators here offer an interesting and entertaining story with a nice idea, the animation is realistic and more than hilarious and the characters are nice. Undoubtedly, the anime elements, which amp up the slight quirkiness of the whole show, which is certainly not boring thanks to it, are also a pleasant revival. And while it’s not something discovered in a hurry, the Pixar library has a number of far more successful works, so it’s still an enjoyable sight and quality cartoon.

At one point, one is embarrassed for the main heroine herself.

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Fortunately, Mei Lee has a loyal group of friends who will always help her.

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(Photo: Pixar Animation Studios)

The feeling when you wake up in the morning and you feel nothing in your skin.

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(Photo: Pixar Animation Studios)

turn red

All in all, the transformation is definitely a hilarious animator that meets all the classic Pixar parameters. The creators here offer an interesting and entertaining story with a nice idea, the animation is realistic and more than hilarious and the characters are nice. Undoubtedly, the anime elements, which amp up the slight quirkiness of the whole show, which is certainly not boring thanks to it, are also a pleasant revival. And while it’s not something discovered in a hurry, the Pixar library has a number of far more successful works, so it’s still an enjoyable sight and quality cartoon.

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