Pixar celebrates Chinese communities with new animated short
'Bao' will air in theaters June 15
Celebrating Chinese communities and paying a delicious homage to the importance of food within the culture, 'Bao' will follow a Chinese-Canadian mother who is deeply missing her son, until one of her dumplings sprouts arms and legs.
Director Domee Shi explained to Mic.com where the inspiration for the short came from. “I’ve always loved fairy tales like 'The Little Gingerbread Man' or that old folk song, 'There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,'” Shi said. “I loved how they’re able to balance light and dark themes so well, and I wanted to do a modern-day Chinese version.”
The tasty animated version of steamed buns or baozi (包子) will have your heart warmed and your stomach rumbling. Bao is a traditional pork dish that is packed into a soft, white, bun, and served in bamboo baskets. “Dumplings hold a special place in my heart,” Shi said. “I would make them with my mom growing up, and I wanted to pay tribute to the dumpling in this short.”
Make sure to get to the movie theaters early on June 15 to see 'Bao' right before 'Incredibles 2.'
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