Disney and Pixar just released their latest animated film To redden. It’s about a 13-year-old girl named Mei Lee, who transforms into a giant red panda when she’s too excited or feeling a certain way.
It turns out that the “chunky, cute aesthetic” throughout the film was influenced by Nintendo visuals. Speaking to The Washington Post, director Domee Shi revealed that she and her production designer were both big fans of games like Pokemon and EarthBound grew up wanting to “stylize” Turning Red in a similar way.
They even got inspired The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild while crafting the world:
“We both love that chunky, cute aesthetic and that was definitely encouraged by playing Nintendo games like ‘Pokémon’ like ‘EarthBound.’ There’s just something so appealing about how they can stylize their world in such an appealing, chunky, cute way. As we watched the development of the looks for our film, we watched Breath of the Wild and thought, ‘Wow, how do they make the world feel so beautiful and rich, but still simplify it ?
While this isn’t the first time Nintendo’s games have inspired specific films, animation, and other forms of entertainment, it’s always nice to hear a story like this. Turning Red is now streaming on Disney Plus.
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https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2022/04/random-chunky-cute-aesthetic-in-new-pixar-movie-turning-red-influenced-by-nintendo-games Random: “Chunky Cute Aesthetic” in the new Pixar film “Turning Red”, influenced by Nintendo games