Llewyn : I really loved this short man, it was emotional and so sweet and surprising. I thought it was a very well done representation of my culture, I loved that it handled exaggerated cartoonish features without stepping into racist caricature territory (take notes, Wes Anderson) and I thought it got micro-details of a Chinese household and their family dynamics very, very right. Didn’t expect to be so moved by this, but I was!
Karsten Runquist : I love Pixar again!
mia : the whole time this was playing all i was thinking was am i really about to cry BEFORE the movie even starts
YI JIAN : Didn’t see the point until halfway through when my friend turned to me and said “I get it now, you know how our moms always say ‘生你不如生块叉烧’?” and it felt like several trains hit my head at once.
Justin Peterson : Really cute short that was played ahead of ‘The Incredibles 2’. The plump faces on all the characters was a neat touch, and the story has a little bit of ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ vibe. I especially loved the animation of the food as they wrapped it into the dough. The film provides an interesting metaphor of having the mother’s son being represented as this tender piece of food.
sarah 💌 : I went from laughing nervously to full emo in 10 seconds Pixar really has that power huh Also as I was watching this I remembered that ‘bao’ not only means steamed bun in Chinese but also baby and treasure and this made the film even more sweet and endearing :’) love
Tay : really gorgeous animation—especially the cooking and food, my god. i definitely fell into the camp that found this short… strange, and not necessarily in a good way. but also not necessarily in a bad way. it’s risky, to be sure, and i deeply admire that, even if the story itself didn’t resonate with me all that organically. and that the first female director of a Pixar short took such a strange risk… u know what… i Really admire that. and… more
ً 🥤 : a girl teared up and what about it!
Gonzo : It gets weird. Most horrifying scene of the year.
Joshua Maddock :I missed the first minute or two of this so I thought she was eating her actual child at the end
Artpig : I can’t stop thinking about this short film. I keep researching it and listening to the score. I think I’ve found the right words to say about it. Bao is such a bizarre short film I haven’t been able to quite grasp since I first watched it. I’ve seen it twice now
Artpig : This was so weird. I love when any form of medium is able to make an entire audience gasp and laugh out loud because of how uncomfortable they are, and they were able to pull that off in this beautiful little thing that is also strangely heartwarming. I kinda loved it.
Mr. DuLac : Cute and sweet. The short clearly showed that she accidentally gave her son brain damage when he was young right? Or am I reading that wrong?
FarrierCollins : Just thinking about Bao brings me on the verge of tears. If you’re Asian, live in the United States or Canada and have immigrant parents, this will resonate with you just like it did with me. The shot of the mom and her son riding the bus with groceries in hand and eating bakery bread was like a memory playing before my eyes. Bao will stay with me forever.
ty : I love that Pixar can make me cry in a matter of seconds
Edgar Cochran : Chinese story artist Domee Shi has done a valiant job in two main ways: she has conceived the most dramatically mature short in the entire history of Pixar, and she released this next to a feature for which many of us waited for 14 years. She surpassed my neutral expectations considerably in both departments and, even if my personal film-rating standards do not allow me to compare short films with feature films, I will have to throw the fact that… more
Ian Fastert : this is an emotional ROLLERCOASTER
Jonathan White : It’s no secret that I think Disney / Pixar should be shut out of this category to allow up and coming filmmakers to get a shot. Much has been made that this is the first women filmmaker to be given this chance at Pixar. I have a problem with that because she shoveled the same maudlin crap that all other Pixar shorts have done.
josh lewis : cute.
Blankments : Wow, when you have a bad crowd, this short plays a lot differently. Not gonna even try to evaluate it again because people were laughing through everything despite it still being the good short that it is.
Andrew : I just saw this on the front page of YouTube and it was free! This animated short directed by Domee Shi is bursting with cuteness. But underneath all the adorableness that is Bao and his mother lies a deeper metaphor. I may be incorrect about this but the theme of the short was about an overprotective mother. When her Bao is young she was his primary caretaker, but as he grew up she became overprotective and controlling, not letting him… more
John : PIXAR WHY YOU GOTTA MAKE ME CRY LIKE THAT
Robin : moms be like that :'(
kris : is it bad that this made me crave xiao long bao even more after watching it? on a more serious note … wow. the attention to detail in this short film both on-screen and in its creation is unreal, from the amount of flour sprinkled on the cutting board to the cultural specificity — i’m truly in awe. who would’ve known an eight minute short film about a lil dumpling would be the most authentic and accurate asian representation i’ve…
tiana : deserved a best picture nom over green book and bo rhap
feedingbrett : Review In A Nutshell: There is great tenderness in Domee Shi’s Bao, reflecting the honest pains of a parent and their child. As a short it carries a punch, but I am sure had it been a full feature length, it would have packed a wallop.
Marlon De Niro : I’m pretty sure none of the kids got it, though. Lol And oh man, animated cooking has never looked so good!!!
Luke : Very imaginative and just overall wonderful.
Eve : i am CRYING