This summer when audiences go to the theater to see Incredibles 2, they will receive an extra gift with a short film called Bao. It is the first short by Pixar directed by a woman, Domee Shi. Bao tells the story of of a Chinese-Canadian woman going through a bout of depression from empty nest. The seven-and-a-half minute film explores her second chance at motherhood when one of her handmade dumplings comes to life.
The film isn't out yet, but already people are looking forward to it. Shi explained the attraction:
It felt like a really universally appealing story that a lot of people could identify with. We got a ton of e-mails from people identifying with the mom character, or the dumpling character, saying, ‘Wait, that’s me,’ or ‘That’s my parents,’ or ‘I’m dealing with this right now.’
If Twitter's reaction is a predictor, Bao is sure to be a hit.
After the massive success of Coco, based on the Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead, movie goers are excited to see Chinese culture represented at Pixar.
So happy to see more asian american representation in the media. On top of that, Domee Shi is the first woman at Pixar to direct a short. Bao seems so wholesome, cute, and relatable. Props to Pixar, really hoping to see more of this ❤️ (also, hooray for women in animation!!!) https://t.co/qXOuyScMJr— Kelly (@kjellyy) March 31, 2018
Of course some simply couldn't be happy, and had to find fault.
That's the only reason that you'd like it? Because it was directed by a woman and featured a Chinese-Canadian protagonist? You'd be seeing it for just that, not for any story or anything?— Lucas Tudor (@OssoMysteriOsso) March 31, 2018
If you spend your life counting how many types of people in a movie then you living your life wrong— stay 🧢’ing (@21nicePerson) March 31, 2018
Thankfully they nay-sayers were shut down.
I’m honestly at a loss for words... the tweet Literally just means that I’ve never seen any movie/short show a Chinese-Canadian and I’m excited to see myself represented on the screen???? Obviously the story resonates with me too????— christine (@ritardando16) March 31, 2018
More people were excited than the few trying to spoil it.
Well ain't this neat! Always great to see unrepresented groups take the spotlight and have the chance to create something memorable. Can't wait to kill my tear glands watching this short.— Cal Emerson (@Emers027) March 31, 2018
Next lets get some Native American/Canadian Aborigional Pixar representation! Glad to see representation of Chinese Canadian as well, but lets not stop there.— Ryae-Amber Cuthbert (@RyaeAmber) March 31, 2018
😭 This is amazing! Disney finally representing Chinese immigrants! My parents are both immigrants, and I was born here. Can’t wait to show them this when it comes out!— trixirita (@trixirita) March 31, 2018
We can't wait to see Bao!
H/T: Entertainment Weekly