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Short Film
Animation, Family, Fantasy
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Bao' Poster
An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.
Bao Poster


Short Film
Animation, Family, Fantasy
An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.
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Daniel Kailin
TV Son (voice)
Sindy Lau
Mom (voice)
Tim Zhang
Dad (voice)
Directed By: Domee Shi
Written By: Domee Shi

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David0542 says...
2 years ago
I feel like most of people were upset just because they think they didn't understand this story, the whole joke came from a cantonese saying so the story may not be for everyone but hating something just because you don't undersand it? Like come on the animation is flawless!
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enry_cami says...
4 years ago
There is not really much to say about this short film. The story doesn't amaze, but it touches a theme that is maybe not as discussed as it should be. From a technical point of view, it is absolutely stunning. The animation of the food preparation at the start it's one of the best I've ever seen. And the baby bao is probably the cutest thing I've ever seen. Overall nothing surprising or anything, but an entertaining 8 minutes. 6/10
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jezzfreeman says...
3 years ago
Right. So a pining mother goes a bit mad and pretends a dumpling is her son. She then eats the dumpling because it’s going to leave her. That’s a weird AF metaphor which, in all honesty, I’m not even sure I understand. Who eats their own son!? And then the real son comes back anyway... So basically, she was sad and had dinner and he came home.
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Matthew Brady-deleted-1534855046 says...
5 years ago
I must admit, I was really confused at first when this played, since I was seeing Incredibles 2, but quickly realize it's one of those short films. Anywhere, the short itself was cute and innocent, however a little bit too obvious and it's reveal wasn't anything surprising for me to get emotional, as it intended. Still well made though.
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