‘Bao’ is Brainchild of Domee Shi, First Woman to Direct A Pixar Short

By Kenrya Rankin Jun 18, 2018

Folks who saw “Incredibles 2” over the weekend witnessed a first: “Bao,” the adorable animated short that played before the movie, is the first Pixar short ever directed by a woman.

“Bao” is the brainchild of Domee Shi, who was born in China and raised in Canada and started at Pixar as an intern seven years ago. She previously worked on “Inside Out,” “The Good Dinosaur” and “Incredibles 2” as a story artist.

“Bao” tells the story of a woman whose homemade dumpling comes to life, and it has viewers all in their feelings.



We won’t spoil the ending, but watch this video from What She Said, where Shi talks about how her own family inspired the short film and reveals that she is working on a feature-length project for Pixar. (She won’t be the first woman to direct a Pixar film—that honor goes to Brenda Chapman, who was replaced partway through the making of “Brave.”)