Director: Domee Shi.
Writer: Domee Shi.
Producer: Becky Neiman-Cobb.
Composer: Toby Chu.
Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios.
Distributor: Buena Vista Home Entertainment.
U.S. release date: June 15, 2018.
French release date: July 4, 2018.
Running time: 7 minutes 30.
French title: Bao.
A culinary fable of a little dumpling that comes to life.
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Bao highlights “the ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the colorful, rich, and tasty lens of the Chinese immigrant community in Canada”. A Mum who must come to the bittersweet revelation that “nothing stays cute and small forever”.
Our review of Bao.
With Bao, the studios with the hopping desk lamp draw us into a live culinary world, with this dumpling that comes to life and is immensely loved by its mother. Odd-looking at first, you wonder just how far the short film will take you. When the twist takes place, you enjoy the idea they came up with, but a little something is missing to surface from this short with a sense of wonderment. Time passes very quickly, you do not really get time to understand and appreciate the emotion that should have taken over. In plain language, the story is too strange and rapid whereas it held very strong potential.
Visually, the short is beautiful, as always. The food is extremely lifelike and makes your mouth water just looking at it. As for the soundtrack, it flirts between Asian and Western consonances for an overall effect which is enjoyable.
Bao is very unusual and will not remain etched in people’s memories.