It’s been 14 years since The Incredibles first hit theaters, and the long-awaited sequel is finally about to premier this summer. As exciting as the release of a new Pixar film is, there’s another part of the Pixar moving-going experience that we look forward to just as much: the short film.

The Incredibles 2 will run after new short film Bao, a seven-and-a-half-minute short film about an empty-nested Chinese-Canadian woman who gets a chance to be a mother again when one of her handmade dumplings comes to life.

The heart-warming tale is also the first Pixar short film to be directed by a woman. Domee Shi, the only child to Chinese immigrants,  shared her inspiration for the story with Entertainment Weekly.

“Often times it felt like mom would treat me like a precious little dumpling, wanting to make sure I was safe, that I didn’t go out late, all that stuff,” Shi explained. “I just wanted to create this magical, modern-day fairy tale, kind of like a Chinese Gingerbread Man story.

Shi’s resume also includes work on The Good Dinosaur and Toy Story 4.

The would ‘bao’ was chosen for the short since it has two meanings in Chinese. It means steamed bun, and also something precious or a treasure.

The short film will open on June 15, 2018 in the US alongside The Incredibles and in the UK on July 13.

(h/t Digital Spy)


Also see, Heinz releases heart-warming Pixar-like baked beans commercial. 


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