Disney-Pixar returns with an original short film, Bao, to air ahead of June’s The Incredibles 2.
Pixar finds its first female director of an animated short with Domee Shi, a storyboard artist who shapes her personal experience of her Chinese immigrant parents’ protective style of love to what Entertainment Weekly called a “culinary fable.”
The seven-minute animation follows a Chinese-Canadian woman “suffering from the depression of an empty nest, who gets a second shot at motherhood when one of her handmade dumplings comes alive,” according to the EW preview by Mark Snetiker. Shi said that she felt like she was being treated like “a precious little dumpling” at times growing up.
“I just wanted to create this magical, modern-day fairy tale, kind of like a Chinese Gingerbread Man story. The word ‘bao’ actually means two things in Chinese: Said one way, it means steamed bun. Said another, it means something precious. A treasure.”
Image shared by Entertainment Weekly on March 30, 2018.
“It felt like a really universally appealing story that a lot of people could identify with,” Shi told EW. “We got a ton of e-mails from people identifying with the mom character, or the dumpling character, saying, ‘Wait, that’s me,’ or ‘That’s my parents,’ or ‘I’m dealing with this right now.’”
A short preview of the short is airing now on the official Disney-Pixar Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bher-_9gna7/?taken-by=pixar
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