United States, 2018 (animation, 8 minutes, colour)
"An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life, but Dumpling starts growing up fast, and Mom must come to the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever. This short film [...] explores the ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the colorful, rich, and tasty lens of the Chinese immigrant community in Canada."
-- Pixar Animation Studios
|Film Credits (partial):
||Becky Neiman-Cobb, Pete Docter, John Lasseter|
||Sindy Lau, Sharmaine Yeoh, Tim Zhang|
||Patrick Lin, Ian Megibben|
||Pixar Animation Studios|
Award won by Bao
Quotes by the Director
"I always wanted to tell the story of this lonely empty-nester mom going through this crazy dumpling fantasy. I was inspired by my own life growing up as an only child, and I wanted to use a dumpling as a kind of metaphor to tell that story of a parent learning to let go of her child. [...] "
-- Domee Shi
"I like to say that the mom character [in Bao] is a combination of [my mother], my grandma, my aunt—all the strong Chinese women in my life."
-- Domee Shi
"We could have set [Bao] anywhere but giving it a real-life location adds a layer of believability and grounds it since the style of the characters are so cartoony. It was a cool homage to my hometown and I've never really seen Toronto animated on screen before so it was a good excuse to do that."
-- Domee Shi
Quote about Bao
"Two years into the job [as a story artist on Inside Out], [Domee] Shi started developing Bao as a possible hand-drawn, Miyazaki-style short she intended to made on the side. At one point, Shi approached Inside Out director Pete Docter for advice, and he encouraged her to pitch Bao as an official Pixar short, insisting that she fight to keep the twist. [...] Even after the project was greenlit, Shi spent her days doing storyboards for Toy Story 4, devoting nights and weekends to working on Bao."
Bibliography for Bao
Yang, Tianyu, and Hailing Yu. "Loving Mother vs. Controlling Mother: Visual Attitude and Reading Positions in the Short Film Bao." Social Semiotics (May 12, 2020): 1-19.
Newspaper or Magazine Articles
Ahearn, Victoria. "Shout-out to 'nerdy girls'; Bao team leads Canadian contingent at the Oscars." Montreal Gazette, February 26, 2019.
Chan, Julia B. "The Tao of Bao: Director Domee Shi remixes cultures into magic." Interview with Domee Shi. Mother Jones, vol. 4, no. 3, May 2019.
Hertz, Barry. "Canadian animators draw Oscar's attention." Globe and Mail, January 23, 2019.
Idelson, Karen. "A mouth-watering short." Interview with Domee Shi. Animation Magazine, vol. 32, no. 6, June-July 2018.
Knight, Chris. "Food for thought: Domee Shi's Pixar short looks at family life with the help of a dumpling." Interview with Domee Shi. Calgary Herald, June 15, 2018.
Liu, Karon. "Pixar's new animated short pays tribute to moms, Chinese food and Toronto." Interview with Domee Shi. Toronto Star, June 12, 2018.
Roper, Caitlin. "Domee Shi thinks kids can handle dark stories." Interview with Domee Shi. New York Times, July 29, 2018.
Soto, Kaly. "The Creator of 'Bao' on That Twist: 'Part of Me Wanted to Shock Audiences'." Interview with Domee Shi. New York Times, June 30, 2018.
Wheeler, Brad. "Toronto's Domee Shi on her big Oscar win, Pixar's changing culture and her 'nerdy girls' speech; The Chinese-Canadian animator says she wrote up her well-received acceptance speech the night before the Academy Awards ceremony." Interview with Domee Shi. Globe and Mail, February 28, 2019.
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