Pixar to Release New Short Film Starring Dumplings

‘Bao’ will be shown before screenings of the ‘Incredibles’ sequel.

By Ethan L. Johns
March 28, 2018

Image: Melissa Tse/Getty Image

Look out, Rémy; Pixar has got a new foodie ready for a close-up. Only this time, that foodie is actually edible.

Bao is the newest animated short film from the Disney-owned digital studio Pixar, and it seems bound to tug at both the heartstrings and the stomachs of audiences around the world.

The 8-minute short film reportedly centers around an “empty-nesting Chinese mom” who finds solace in her cooking. When one of her bao (dumplings) comes alive, she is given the opportunity to be a mother once more. Yet from the teaser description, it seems that not all goes as expected:

“She must come to terms with the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever.”

Look away now as we sob unceasingly in anticipation.

Bao is the first Pixar short to be written and directed by Domee Shi, a former intern who became a story artist for the studio beginning with 2015’s Inside Out. It will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21st, with additional screenings on April 24th, 27th and 28th, before being released on big screens everywhere on June 15th, as an appetizer before the studio’s upcoming Incredibles 2.

So far, no images or trailers are available for Bao, but we would imagine that the main dumpling character must be at least as delicious-looking as Anton Ego’s life-changing plate of ratatouille. Not that we would eat the main character…

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns