Family, Food and Cuteness is BAO
The internet is on fire because of a short film called BAO. The short film airs just before Incredible’s 2. BAO has two meanings, according to its director, Domee Shi: Depending how you pronounce it, the word “Bao” can mean either “steamed bun” or “treasure or something precious.”
A cute little steamed bun, fits the title of the short by Pixar perfectly. Inline with other shorts released by the company there is no dialogue. Premise:
A Chinese woman’s homemade dumpling sprouts limbs and a face, and she treats it like her son–until the dumpling grows up, and the inevitable happens.
Shi said Bao has three main ingredients from her life:
What she loves (food), what she knows (growing up as an only child spending lots of time with her mother), and what she admires (the culture of Toronto Chinatown). “Bao was inspired by a few of my favorite things in this world: food, cute things, and old Chinese people,” she said.
“In Chinese culture, food and family go hand in hand,” she said. “When you want to show you care about someone, or that you love someone, you don’t say, ‘I love you.’ You say, ‘Have you eaten yet?'”
“Ever since I was little, she’s always treated me like her precious little baby dumpling, always watching over me, making sure I was safe, making sure I had a good education for a good college in the future,” Shi said. “We did everything together. We ate together, we commuted to work and school together, we even vacationed together, like mother-daughter Chinese bus tours all over the east coast.”
Have you all seen the short film yet? What are your thoughts on this. Do you think it has stolen the show from the Incredibles 2? Let us know in the comments below.