According to Entertainment Weekly, Pixar will be premiering an all new short film, Bao, right before Incredibles 2 shows in theaters. It's sure to be a tearjerker too, the film will tell a story about a lonely woman with an empty nest, as her children have gone their own adult ways. As she makes her dumplings, one of them comes to life!
Bao was directed by Domee Shi, the first female director of a Pixar short. Shi's parents are Chinese immigrants and took a lot of inspiration from her mother for the film.
In an interview with EW, Shi said:
“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. The word ‘bao’ actually means two things in Chinese: Said one way, it means steamed bun. Said another, it means something precious. A treasure.”
Given the last 24hrs., take a moment to celebrate Domee Shi, who is gifting us with the new Pixar short, Bao. 🥟— Animation Heroine (@anim_heroine) March 30, 2018
She is the first woman (Chinese-Canadian-American!) to direct a short: pic.twitter.com/0FjMN7zWeZ
Your exclusive first look at #Pixar's adorable new short, 'Bao,' is here. ❤️'Bao,' which will debut in front of #Incredibles2, is a culinary fable about 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. It’s also the first short film from Pixar to be directed by a woman. Click the link in our bio for more. 📷: Disney/Pixar