Drool Over This Dumpling-Sized Taste Of Pixar’s Upcoming Short Film, ‘Bao’

Last month, to the delight of dumpling truthers the world over, Disney Pixar started hyping the release of their latest short film, ‘Bao‘.

The seven-and-a-half-minute short tells the story of a Chinese-Canadian mother/empty nester who finds a new lease on life when one of her lil handmade dumplings comes alive, Pinocchio-style.

It’s basically an animated ode to steaming pockets of meat, vegetables and joy, and it’ll feature ahead of Incredibles 2 later this year.

If you grind your teeth over things that are cute, grab your retainers STAT, ‘cos today the movie giant released this taste tester that we are melting over:

Disney Pixar’s Twitter menchies have blown up with tonne of squee-heavy replies:

The short follows in the footsteps of Lava (before Inside Out), For The Birds (Monsters Inc), and so on – literally from A Bug’s Life on, all the Pixar movies have been accompanied by a delightful short. This one even gets a glorious illustrated poster, too:

The tastiest bit? It’s the first Pixar short directed by a woman.

It’s been lovingly assembled by Domee Shi who told Entertainment Weekly earlier this year that she was inspired by her own childhood, as the only child of Chinese immigrants:

Often times it felt like my 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… I just wanted to create this magical, modern-day fairy tale, kind of like a Chinese Gingerbread Man story. The word ‘bao’ actually means two things in Chinese: Said one way, it means steamed bun. Said another, it means something precious. A treasure.

She said she received tons of “emails from people identifying with the mum character, or the dumpling character, saying, ‘Wait, that’s me,’ or ‘That’s my parents,’ or ‘I’m dealing with this right now’”.

You’ll be able to consume this baby dumpling in full when it debuts before Incredibles 2 on June 15.