The new trailer for The Incredibles 2 dropped this week, but it seems that Pixar (the studio responsible for the film) isn’t resting on their laurels. The studio also released a teaser for a short film known as Bao, which is slated to play right before The Incredibles 2, when the film hits theaters this summer.
The story of Bao revolves around a Chinese-Canadian woman, who (while going through empty nest syndrome) gets another chance to care for “someone”, when one of her homemade dumplings takes on a magical life of its own.
Check out the teaser below:
Domee Shi, a storyboard artist at Pixar, directed the short film. This makes her the first female short film director in the history of the studio. In a statement given to Entertainment Weekly back in March, Ms. Shi talked about the personal nature of Bao, and what it meant to her.
“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”.
Shi went on to explain the film’s title, saying,
“The word ‘bao’ actually means two things in Chinese. Said one way, it means steamed bun. Said another, it means something precious: a treasure. It felt like a really universally appealing story that a lot of people could identify with.”
In an official statement about the film, Pixar Studios said, “It explores the ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the colourful, rich and tasty lens of the Chinese immigrant community in Canada. Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life. But Dumpling starts growing up fast and she must come to the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever”.
Bao will be a seven and a half minute film, and is slated to hit theaters and play as an intro to The Incredibles 2 on June 15, 2018