Domee Shi is the first woman to direct a Pixar short film
Pixar’s next short Bao will be about a Chinese mother’s baby dumpling.
According to The Washington Post, Pixar will be releasing a new short about a Chinese mom’s baby dumpling.
Titled Bao, the eight minute short is about a Chinese woman who gets “another chance at motherhood” after one of her dumplings “springs to life”. The mother has to cope with the “bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever”. Bao‘s focus on the challenges of parenthood echos that of Pinocchio.
Bao will be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, just ahead of The Incredibles 2 release in June.
Domee Shi is the director behind Bao, becoming the first woman in Pixar to direct a short film according to Cartoon Brew. Born in China, Shi and her family moved to Toronto when she was 2 years old. She began an internship with Pixar in 2011 and has since worked on Inside Out, The Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4.
The short is produced by Becky Neiman-Cobb and executive produced by Pete Docter and John Lasseter. The film is scored by Toby Chu.