'Bao' Comes to Life in New Clip Shared by Pixar

Scheduled to play before ‘The Incredibles 2.’

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Earlier this month, we received a first look at Pixar‘s latest venture: a short animation titled Bao. Now Pixar has shared a first clip of the project about an adorable tiny dumpling.

Bao tells the sentimental story of “a Chinese-Canadian woman suffering from the depression of an empty nest, who gets a second shot at motherhood when one of her handmade dumplings comes alive,” as stated by Entertainment Weekly.

Directed by Chinese-Canadian storyboard artist Domee Shi — the first female director of a Pixar short — Bao was inspired by Shi’s upbringing as an only child to Chinese immigrants. “I just wanted to create this magical, modern-day fairy tale, kind of like a Chinese Gingerbread Man story,” Shi said. “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.”

“The word “bao” actually means two things in Chinese,” Shi explained. “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.”

The seven-and-a-half-minute short is scheduled to play before The Incredibles 2 which hits theaters June 2. While you wait, be sure to catch the best films and TV shows dropping in April.

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