It has long been a tradition that pretty much any time you sit down in a theater to see a new feature film from Pixar Animation Studios, you're also going to get a beautifully animated Pixar original short film to go with it. Sometimes they're pure comedy, sometimes they're emotional -- usually they're a bit of both. Sometimes they're also nominated for Academy Awards. But regardless, they're always delightful little pieces of art.
This summer's new Pixar feature, Brad Bird's Incredibles 2, will continue the tradition of Pixar original shorts with Bao, directed by Domee Shi. Like a great many Pixar films, Bao features both an amusing premise and a genuinely heartwarming theme. It's about family and the ups and downs of parenting, but it's also about a steamed dumpling that comes to life and starts crying like a newborn. Here's Pixar's official synopsis:
"In Bao, 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."
We saw the first adorable image from the film a couple of weeks ago, and now Pixar has added to our anticipation with the short's first clip, in which the titular dumpling first begins to wake up. Check it out:
An equally gorgeous poster for the film, which "explores the ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the colorful, rich, and tasty lens of the Chinese immigrant community in Canada," also arrived Thursday.
Bao will screen as the lead-in to Incredibles 2 in theaters everywhere June 15.