#463 – Disney’s “Turning Red” Leaves Parents Seeing Red

Listen to Andi and Brian’s warning to parents

The Ugly Truth of Turning Red

A Facebook post by Felicia Renee has been floating around about the new Disney movie, so I took a look at a few reviews to dig deeper. Here is the original post:


Just a heads up to all the parents out there… the Disney movie “Turning Red” is NOT for kids…at all (especially not for families trying to keep their children close to Jesus). Yes yes, I know Disney movies don’t instill Christian values and I don’t look to them to do so, but typically there are important and valuable life lessons being taught. You will find the COMPLETE opposite in this movie. Sad day Disney, it had the potential to be so cute.

Just a few things that stood out:

  • The little girl talks about at age 13 you’re your own person. An adult. You can do what you want, say what you want etc.
  • Her and her 3 friends talk so poorly about their parents and come up with a plan to sneak out and go to a boy band concert (which they end up doing).
  • The girls sneak out to a co-ed party
  • They also sneak out to “give boys rides” as a Panda to raise money for the concert.
  • One girl says her parents won’t let her go bc the band “sounds like stripper music”
  • The girls talk about going to the concert as girls but leaving as true women after.
  • The word “crap” is used.
  • So much emphasis is put on her friends encouraging her to be this new rebel she has become and embracing it. That she no longer has to be this straight edge, over achiever girl under her parents wings.
  • So much rebellion encouraged.
  • The ritual is super freaky where she is levitated by her chest into the air while surrounded by adults chanting and spirits are called out of her.
  • She tells her tamagotchi its about to meet its daddy and uncles (referring to the band members being her tamagotchis daddy)
  • There is a big scene about the girl getting her period and her mom bringing pads to her school and embarrassing her.
  • The little girl draws “sexy” (her words not mine) pictures of her crush who works at the gas station. Her mom finds the drawings of her shirtless crush and brings them to the store and accuses the boy of being 30 and a pedophile. He says he’s 17 and she says “well that’s what happens when you do drugs all day and don’t wear sunscreen”
  • At the end the girl stands up to her mom and says she likes boys, music and gyrating. Says she’s 13 so deal with it!
  • The little girl then starts twerking at her mom and smacking her butt saying “take this mom! take this”
  • Final quote when the little girl decides to turn into a panda in public and her mom asks her not to she says “my panda, my choice”. Read into that what you’d like.

Maybe none of this is a big deal to you and your family and that’s ok. No judgement here if you love the movie.


Here are a few more reviews:

Delightful, funny, unapologetically girl-centered, and a surprisingly touching allegory for adolescence.

Common Sense Media rates this movie for 10 and older with 4 out of 5 stars. They also say “Turning Red” stands out for diverse representations and positive messages.

The film encourages curiosity, compassion, courage, self-control, and teamwork, and families who watch together can discuss lots of issues afterward, from the importance of having honest conversations about puberty to the dangers of lying and keeping secrets and the need for both close friends and trusted adults.

Common Sense Media

Geek Devotions blog also wrote a review on this movie. Dallas Mora says to keep in mind that this coming of age movie is not intended for small children, but it can spur on conversation with your older children. He says that the point of this film is not to glorify teenage rebellion, but to point out the dangers of being a “helicopter parent” even if you do so with good intentions. 

Is it made for “kids?” No, it’s not made for small children. The film is PG so I’d say it’s more for older pre-teens and up kids. But, I also think it’s a film that many parents need to watch. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what social media post you decide to listen to; you are the parent.

It’s a great movie, and I recommend it. If nothing else, sit down with your pre-teen/teenage kids, watch it with them, then talk about the film. Affirm in your child that they don’t’ have to earn your love and affection. Affirm in them that you are proud of them. Also, allow it to be an opportunity to listen to your child. You may discover that you’ve been a type of “helicopter parent,” and while you’ve done it out of a place of love, perhaps your child is suffering it. Please don’t take that as an attack, but take it as an opportunity to change course. That DOES NOT mean you release all restraint and let your child run free. You’re still a parent; you have to parent. But it does mean evaluating what is necessary and not and then repenting and moving on.

Dallas Mora, Geek Devotions

Reformation Charlotte’s review is not as supportive of the movie or the underlying story.

Not only does this movie appear to make subtle suggestions about the LGBTQ and transgender ideologies that children are faced with at a very young age, but the notion that rebellion against parents is clearly a rebellion against God. This movie glorifies that rebellion and teaches children that they can be rewarded for disobedience.

The movie clearly places children at enmity with their parents by painting parents as authoritarian villains that children need to be liberated from. In fact, this movie is clearly aligned with a new heresy that has invaded the Church that I wrote about recently: child liberation theology. It essentially glorifies the anti-authoritarian parent movement which ultimately leads to chaos and destruction.

Reformation Charlotte

I encourage you to watch it on your own and make your own judgement. Parents have been caught off guard while watching it and explaining all of these things to their children. It seems this one was intended for teenagers, but Disney did not brand this movie “for teens”.


In the view of Child Liberation Theology, mentioned by Reformation Charlotte, children are said to be oppressed by parents who hold “authoritarian control” over their children rather than allowing them the freedom to explore, learn, act, and feel however they choose. 

Empowering children to think freely and learn for themselves may sound good on the surface, but to the Christian who is competent in the Word of God, giving this kind of free rein to children always ends in proverbial disaster.

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

Proverbs 22:15

Everyone is influenced by something; whether it be family, parents, and church or government and culture. If parents are not instilling the difference between right and wrong in their children and enforcing behavior in accordance with it, you can rest assured they’re going to learn it from somewhere. And let’s be real, this culture is overly sexualized, abusive, murderous, slanderous, and outright wicked. God hates the culture of the world; it’s why He demands His people be separate from it.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

Some other points I noticed were when the girls needed to raise money for concert tickets, they sold photos of Mei’s Panda. It wasn’t phrased as selling photos of Mei when she turned into a panda, but photos of her panda. Get the difference?

She meets a boy under the bleachers because he wants to rent her panda for his party. this is where she starts “giving boys rides.” It’s veiled prostitution is what it is!

Another point that frightened me was the fact that she turns into a Panda! Not a wolf or a pit bull, it had to be a panda! Why is that questionable, you ask?

You don’t need to look any further than the world of child abuse and pedophilia. Panda eyes, or bruising around the eyes, are a sign of abuse.

Periorbital hematoma, also known as eye trauma, black eye, pesto eye, raccoon or panda sign, is a hematoma that surrounds the eye with multifactorial aetiology.

It’s commonly caused by trauma to the face or head.

The name comes from the bruise color that takes the area around the eye due to the blood accumulation that takes place under the skin, both for inflammation and for breaking the capillaries.

If both eyes are interested and there has been head trauma, it may be due to the cranial base bone breaking.

Among the many comments are those who deny that panda eyes are not connected with sodomization on children, in this respect I would like to invite you to reflect on the position they take to sodomize them and the fact that they have to hold them on their back or head and consequently very strong pressures on fragile children cause bone breaks at the cranial base, thus causing panda eyes.

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