I don't think everyone understands how incredible this Turning Red teaser showcases an Asian Canadian coming-of-age story set in Toronto. Especially for a Chinese Canadian and Torontonian growing up in the 2000s.
Let me explain.
This shot in the 1 minute 50 second teaser made me cry:
Because this is Chinatown on the East end of Toronto in 2021:
And this is Downtown Toronto Chinatown along Dundas Street in 2021:
(Taken from Google Streetview bc I don't have anything else)
I saw this 3 second shot and immediately thought, "I know this street. This is the Chinatown from my memory." Because the vibe, the aesthetic, and the details are what I remember.
As a Chinese Canadian kid who grew up in Toronto, Chinatown used to be bright and vibrant. 2002 Downtown Toronto Chinatown had lanterns hung for summer street festivals along the road; there were sidewalk street vendors selling you HK egg waffles and fish balls on a stick, and weekends were packed with people - parents getting their groceries, tourists from other cities, and Asian immgrants from other suburbs to share in community activities because the local Asian populations in their own suburbs didn't establish themselves large enough yet.
Most of the Asian population have moved out into the surrounding suburbs and established stronger communities there by the mid-2010s. Downtown Toronto Chinatown mainly became a tourist site for sightseeing and architecture, while there were reconstruction efforts for the ageing homes and residents.
Also this title shot:
has incredible attention to detail. It's taken from a rooftop but the angle of the CN Tower is taken along Spadina Avenue, which is where Downtown Toronto Chinatown runs:
(Again, Google Streetview at traffic level, 2021)
Congratulations to Director Domee Shi and the Pixar team that worked on this. Not only did this 1 minute 50 second teaser give us a cute movie premise, it already captures the experience of growing up as an Asian Canadian (which has a different nuance than growing up Asian American) and beautifully depicts Toronto in its signature elements and diversity (Sikh security guard, POC classmates, Maple leaf logos, Mei's toque, Lester B Pearson, graffiti in the basketball alley) in all it's small details.
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June 6, 2021 - Native activists tore down the statue of Egerton Ryerson, one of the founders of the genocidal Canadian residential school system, and beheaded it.
Protesters, including survivors of the residential school system, were demonstrating at Toronto’s Ryerson University to honor the 215 murdered indigenous children whose remains were found buried at Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia last month. [video]
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The City of Toronto is asking a court to order a local man to stop building small wooden shelters for the homeless.
The city filed an injunction application on Feb. 12 against Khaleel Seivwright, a carpenter who has been building small structures for those living outside.
The city wants an order that permanently stops Seivwright from placing or relocating structures on city-owned land.
It cites bylaws that prohibit camping and living in city-owned parks.
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