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Mei: "Aunties!? What are you doing here!?
Ping: "The ritual, silly."
Lily: "She's lost weight."
Chen: "No, no, she gained weight!"
Helen: "She looks like her mother."
Chen: "She looks like her father!"
―The Aunties coddling Mei[src]

Chen, Ping, Helen, and Lily, or The Aunties, are supporting characters in DisneyPixar's 2022 animated feature film Turning Red. They are Mei Lee's relatives who all at one point had the red panda curse, before sealing them away.

Background

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Chen (voiced by Lori Tan Chinn) is the daughter of Grandma Wu, sister to Ping and Ming, first cousin to Helen, and aunt to Lily and Mei. She is recognized by her long face, short black hair, pearl earrings, jade green shirt with violet trim and flowers on it, black pants and sandals. She also has a wart on her forehead, is the shortest Auntie and comes off as the gruffest, and possibly most cynical one of the group. Her panda was encased in a small panda brooch that she wore on her shirt.

As a Red panda Chen has a large round head and a short dark brown nose that is in front of a white muzzle that begins from her nose and ends with her mouth her face also includes additional white tear tracks starting from where her zygomatic bone is to the corner of her chin. She has lots of tufts of messy red hair on the top of her head. She has large, white, pointed ears that are red from behind. Her coat is reddish-brown fading to a dark brown when moving further to her arms and legs, while having a brown swirl on her upper arms. Her hands have dark brown paws with small black claws in them. She has a long, bushy tail with alternating dark red and light red rings. She is the 2nd shortest out of the red panda's.

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Ping (voiced by Lillian Lim) is the daughter of Grandma Wu, sister to Chen and Ming, first cousin to Helen, mother of Lily, and aunt to Mei. She is recognized for being the largest, and possibly oldest, of the Aunties, has neatly done up black hair, pearl earrings, large black glasses and dresses in a jade green track suit, scarf and tennis shoes. She is the most nurturing and dominant of the group and had her panda encased in a notable jade ring on her finger.

As a red panda, Ping has a large round head (the largest out of all of them.) and a short dark brown nose that is in front of a white muzzle that begins from her nose and ends with her mouth her face also includes additional white tear tracks starting from where her zygomatic bone is to the corner of her chin. She has a tuft of red hair on the top of her head, and she has white slightly bent whiskers. She has large, white, pointed ears that are red from behind. Her coat is reddish-brown fading to a dark brown when moving further to her arms and legs, while having a brown swirl on her upper arms that is slightly faded Her hands have dark brown paws with small black claws in them. She is the 2nd tallest out of the red panda's

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Helen (voiced by Sherry Cola) is the niece of Grandma Wu, first cousin to Ping, Chen, and Ming, and first cousin once removed to Mei. She is the only Auntie not descended from Wu, but rather from a possible sibling of hers. Like Lily, she's also technically not an aunt to Mei Mei, but rather a cousin. She is recognized for being the second shortest Auntie, as well as the most giving, and has black hair done up in a bun, black jeans and ugg boots, a bluish-jade shirt and black leather vest. Her panda was encased in a jade comb that she uses to tie her bun up.

As a red panda, Helen has a large round head and a short dark brown nose that is in front of a white muzzle that begins from her nose and ends with her mouth her face also includes additional white tear tracks starting from where her zygomatic bone is to the corner of her chin, she has the smallest tuft of hair out of all of them, and she has white short and messy whiskers. She has large, white, pointed ears that are red from behind. Her coat is reddish-brown fading to a dark brown when moving further to her arms and legs, while having the most prominent showing brown swirl on her upper arms. Her hands have dark brown paws with small black claws in them. She is the 3rd tallest out of the red panda's

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Lily (voiced by Mia Tagano) is the daughter of Ping, granddaughter of Grandma Wu, niece to Chen and Ming, and cousin to Mei. She is one of two Aunties who is actually a cousin to Mei, and is also the youngest and therefore most fun-loving of the group. She is recognized for being the second tallest Auntie, has dark brown hair in a bob cut, wears a white shirt with a greenish-grey hoodie and sweatpants with a flower pattern, and cork sandals. Her panda was encased in her earrings. Additionally, she has a daughter named Vivian whom she gave birth to on a 5th of a month to avoid being born on the 4th.

As a red panda, Lily has a large round head and a short dark brown nose that is in front of a white muzzle that begins from her nose and ends with her mouth her face also includes additional white tear tracks starting from where her zygomatic bone is to the corner of her chin and she has white straight whiskers. She has large, white, pointed ears that are red from behind. Her coat is reddish-brown fading to a dark brown when moving further to her arms and legs, Her hands have dark brown paws with small black claws in them.

Powers and abilities

All four Aunties have the ability to transform into red pandas, but only when their respective jewelry pieces are destroyed. Unlike Ming, they and Grandma are more emotionally stable in their panda forms and channel positive energy when they're seen this way.

Trivia

  • Lily is Mia Tagano, her voice actress', first feature film role.
    • This is the second character in the film to have an actress' first film role, the second was Mei's voice actor.
  • There was some initial confusion over Helen's place in the family line.
  • All of the Aunties are adorned in varying green jade colors. Ping's is the most prominent as she is, most likely, the oldest of the group while Lily's has a more faded color scheme as she is the youngest.
  • Due to Chen and Ping being Ming's sisters, it is possible Ming is younger than them, but it is unknown if Chen or Ping is the oldest.
  • Lily is actually Mei's cousin, but due to their age difference (Lily being in her 20s and Mei 13) it is understandable for Lily to be more of an aunt-figure to Mei than a cousin since they are not peers.
  • Ping bears a striking resemblance to the late Hong Kong actress, Lydia Shum.

External links


v - e - d
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Media
Turning Red (soundtrack/video) • The Art of Turning Red
Characters
Mei LeeMiriam MendelsohnPriya MangalAbby ParkMing LeeJin LeeTyler Nguyen-Baker4*TownGrandma WuChen, Ping, Helen, and LilyDevonSun YeeMr. GaoMr. KieslowskiStacy FrickCarter Murphy-MayhewMr. Malik

Deleted: Leo

Locations
Canada (Toronto) • Lester B. Pearson Middle SchoolLee Family's TempleSkyDomeThe Red Panda Realm
Objects
Pixar BallA113Pizza Planet Truck
Songs
Larger Than LifeNobody Like U1 True LoveU Know What's Up
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