By: Amy Kawa
“Bao” will be the Pixar short paired with Incredibles 2, when both hit theaters June 15th. The seven-minute short follows a Chinese-Canadian mother of three, who is suffering from empty nest syndrome when one of the dumplings she makes comes to life. She finds joy by taking care of the little dumpling. “Bao” is the first Pixar short directed by a woman, Domee Shi.
Shi drew inspiration from her background as a child of Chinese immigrants, telling Entertainment Weekly, “Often times it felt like my mom would treat me like a precious little dumpling, wanting to make sure I was safe, that I didn’t go out late, all that stuff. I just wanted to create this magical, modern-day fairy tale, kind of like a Chinese Gingerbread Man story.”