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The New Pixar Short Will Be About a Little Dumpling and OMG It’s So Cute

Get ready to feel emotional about dumplings, because the next Disney•Pixar short is going to be a dumpling-centered treat. As reported in Entertainment Weekly, Bao, which will play before Incredibles 2, will tell the story of a woman whose children no longer live with her. One day, she finds that one of her handmade dumplings has come to life!

Prepare for some dumpling adorableness:

a woman with dark hair and closed eyes holds a cute animated, living dumpling to her face

Literally the cutest thing we have ever seen!

Bao will be directed by storyboard artist Domee Shi, who has the distinction of being the first female director of a Pixar short. Shi drew from her background as a child of Chinese immigrants (she even calls her mother a “dumpling master!”) to tell this story. Shi told Entertainment Weekly:

“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. The word ‘bao’ actually means two things in Chinese: Said one way, it means steamed bun. Said another, it means something precious. A treasure.”

Animators for the short even used footage of Shi’s own mother making dumplings as a reference while animating!

Entertainment Weekly also revealed the following concept images of the dumpling in many stages of expression:

Various sketches of an animated dumpling making expressive faces.

We can’t wait to see this little cutie come to life in theatres before Incredibles 2 on June 15!

Posted 4 months Ago
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