Last weekend, Disney and Pixar released a coming-of-age film they hoped would be their latest smash hit. However, many parents have raised their concerns about whether the movie is appropriate for young children.
The movie follows Mei, a 13-year-old girl who lives in Toronto with her family, and going through the difficulties of adolescence. Due to an ancient family curse, she turns into a giant red panda whenever she experiences strong emotion like anger or excitement. Throughout the movie there are references to Zen Buddhism. While there is no direct, explicit content, the film has content that is still inappropriate and immoral for children. For example, Mei and her friends have crushes on a boy band, calling them, "sexy," Mei and her friends dance inappropriately and they are rebellious towards their parents to a dangerous point. Movie Guide rates the movie as, "Extreme caution for older teenagers and adults."
Read Movie Guide's full review here.