When Incredibles 2 hits theaters this summer, fans will get to enjoy a little Bao beforehand. No, audiences won’t be indulging in a tasty treat — they’ll be watching a steamed bun come to life.
The short film from Pixar tells the story of a Chinese-Canadian woman who is struggling with an empty nest. But things quickly change when one of her handmade buns suddenly comes to life.
Bao is the work of storyboard artist Domee Shi, the first female short director in Pixar’s history. Shi told Entertainment Weekly back in March that this story is personal and was inspired by her own upbringing as the only child of Chinese immigrants. “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,” she said.
Shi continued, “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.”
You’ll be able to see Bao ahead of Incredibles 2 when they hit theaters together on June 15.
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(photo via Disney-Pixar)