Chinese-Canadian Domee Shi Is The 1st Female Director Of A Pixar Short, 'Bao'

Making history and making us cry.
Domee Shi, a Chinese-Canadian who grew up in Toronto, is the first woman to direct an animated short for Pixar. And the short is about dumplings!
Domee Shi, a Chinese-Canadian who grew up in Toronto, is the first woman to direct an animated short for Pixar. And the short is about dumplings!

When word got out that Disney's Pixar was releasing an animated short about dumplings and family, reactions went something like this:

"OMG ADORABLE."

"OMG CRYING ALREADY."

"OMG HUNGRY."

OK, maybe that last one was just us. But the excitement turned into pride for many Asian-Canadians with news that "Bao" is directed by Domee Shi, who grew up in Toronto.

The seven-and-half minute film will be released as the appetizer to the studio's major summer release of "Incredibles 2" on June 15.

Not only is that a big achievement, but Shi has also made Pixar history as the first woman director of an animated short.

Breaking: Pixar's next short film 'Bao' (w/ #Incredibles2 in theaters) explores an empty-nesting Chinese Mother (Directed by Domee Shi). Read more about this film of "firsts" (1st female-directed short film at Pixar. Longest Pixar short to-date at 8 min) https://t.co/oXQ6Q2g6wFpic.twitter.com/ghwUPEmMn8

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