New Pixar Short “Bao” Will Play Before “Incredibles 2”

bao-EW-first-look-2Ever see an animation about dumplings? Well, Pixar will be crossing that item off your list this summer.

Bao, wich will play before Incredibles 2, will tell the story of a woman whose children no longer live with her. One day, she finds that one of her handmade dumplings has come to life.
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Bao is tearing down walls for Pixar, becoming the first ever short directed by a woman for the studio. Domee Shi drew from her background as a child of Chinese immigrants (she even calls her mother a “dumpling master!”)

Shi spoke in an exclusive interview with 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. The word ‘bao’ actually means two things in Chinese: Said one way, it means steamed bun. Said another, it means something precious. A treasure.”

-Domee Shi

For some inspiration, animators for the short used footage of Shi’s mother making dumplings as a reference while animating.

Bao rolls into theaters June 15, 2018.

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