Bao is a Disney-Pixar short film that is currently playing in cinemas prior to the screening of Incredibles 2. Like many of the animated shorts screened before Disney-Pixar features, Bao has no dialogue and relies on it’s impressive visuals and music to tell its story.
The story follows a Chinese mother who longs for companionship, love and is lonely. She isn’t lonely for long when her homemade bao magically comes to life which she raises as a son. The film highlights many important themes, family, love, acceptance, change and forgiveness. Although only a short film, Disney-Pixar still successfully use its visual storytelling and fitting music to take you on an emotional journey with depth that will move you and surprise you. I for one was in tears by the end of it.
My only criticism is that I’ve never eaten bao with chopsticks and have always known to eat it with my hands, but that’s a minor thing. I strongly recommend checking this film out in cinemas while you can. Not only is it visually impressive, but it’s tear-jerking and incredibly heartwarming. I loved it.