Pixar picks a win­ner as Hol­ly­wood joins the real world

The Observer - - Comment & Analysis - Domee Shi

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Domee Shi, whose short Pixar film Bao re­ceived its first teaser trailer last week. The Chi­nese-Cana­dian Shi is not only the first fe­male di­rec­tor of a short film for Pixar, but the an­i­ma­tion com­pany’s first fe­male Asian di­rec­tor, too. As is Pixar tra­di­tion, Bao will be shown be­fore The In­cred­i­bles 2 on its re­lease in June. Bao tells the story of a lonely Chi­nese woman who is given a sec­ond chance at mother­hood when a cute dumpling comes to life and it looks as adorable as it sounds.

The prom­ise of more fe­male and non-white di­rec­tors is al­ways a treat and Bao is an­other sign that Hol­ly­wood is creak­ing into the mod­ern age. Shi’s mother was a con­sul­tant on the film, ad­vis­ing on its dumpling-mak­ing mo­ments.

Domee Shi has made a short film about a cute dumpling.

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