What short will Pixar be putting in front of Incredibles 2? Will it be memorable or leave us impatiently waiting for Jack-Jack?
The shorts have been hit and miss. Sometimes they’re even better than the movies that follow them. Lately, though, a solid chunk of Pixar shorts have been using the “secret lives of _____” formula that the very studio popularized 20 years ago and other studios wore into the ground. I have little desire to see yet another sentient catcher’s mitt, a smiling umbrella, or what-have-you. Are we getting something truly original this time?
Boy, are we ever. We’re getting a short about aging and motherhood, centered around the Chinese immigrant community in Canada. I can’t say Illumination has done that one yet. It’s called “Bao,” and the official synopsis follows:
An empty-nesting Chinese mom gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life. But she must come to terms with the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever.
There’s a lot of potential here. Played right, this could match Coco in sincerity and tear-welling sentiment…..wait, did I just read that a cooked dumpling comes to life?
Bao was directed by Domee Shi, who first worked as a story artist on Inside Out. She was also on the staff of The Good Dinosaur and worked on the very movie Bao will be playing in front of, Incredibles 2. Domee Shi is currently working on Toy Story 4.
Bao is the longest Pixar short to date at eight minutes long. It will make its world debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, but most of us won’t see it until it precedes Incredibles 2, which opens June 15.