In “Bao,” which was shown in theatres before the start of Incredibles 2, an aging Chinese mom hurting from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life, but Dumpling starts growing up fast, and Mom must come to the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever.
This short film from Pixar Animation Studios and director Domee Shi explores the ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the colorful, rich, and tasty lens of the Chinese immigrant community in Canada.
The animated short was recently shortlisted for the 91st Academy Awards. The final nominees will be revealed on January 22nd, 2019.