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A Chinese-Canadian woman suffering from empty nest syndrome gets a second shot at motherhood when one of her handmade dumplings comes alive.

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A Chinese-Canadian woman suffering from empty nest syndrome gets a second shot at motherhood when one of her handmade dumplings comes alive.

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15 June 2018 (USA) See more »

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Bao See more »

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The title 'Bao' roughly translates to "baby." Small children or the youngest in Chinese family are affectionately called 'Bao Bao'. See more »

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When Bao is sitting on his bed a portable game device is shown, likely a Nintendo Gameboy. These devices typically have a directional D-pad and two buttons, but only a single button is shown. See more »

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Didn't feel the emotion of it quite as much as the filmmakers wanted me to.
15 June 2018 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'BAO': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

Another Pixar computer-animated short film, which plays before 'INCREDIBLES 2' in theaters. This one tells the story of a lonely Chinese mother, who suffers from 'empty nest syndrome', and then finds a homemade dumpling, that she made, which comes to life and gives her another chance to be a mother. Of course what's fun at first also grows older, and grows away once again (just like a child). The short is a modern reimagining of the classic folktale 'The Gingerbread Man'. It's about 8-minutes long, and it was directed by Domee Shi (the first woman to direct a Pixar short). I found it to be charming and refreshingly odd. It's also (of course) beautifully animated, and the music (by Toby Chu) is equally beautiful as well. I didn't feel the emotion of it quite as much as a lot of other Pixar shorts though (or as much as it seemed like the filmmakers wanted me to). It is an enjoyable and well made little short film still though.


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