Pixar drops a sneak peek of the adorable upcoming short film Bao

The 7-and-a-half-minute short will be directed by Domee Shi, making her the first female short director in the studio’s history.

March 31, 2018

While Pixar is set to bust into the summer box office with the long awaited Incredibles sequel, their latest sneak peek via Entertainment Weekly of the upcoming effort Bao, a short film about a Chinese-Canadian woman suffering from depression who gets a new lease on motherhood when her handmade dumplings come to life is absolutely adorable.


Bao is also directed and basically inspired by Chinese-Canadian storyboard artist Domee Shi, who will become Pixar's first ever female short director. In a statement to EW, Shi explained how she drew inspiration from her childhood growing up as the only child to Chinese immigrants. "

“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,” Shi said. “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.”

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Thumbnail courtesy of DISNEY/Pixar via Entertainment Weekly.

Pixar drops a sneak peek of the adorable upcoming short film Bao