The adorable Disney and Pixar short film “Bao” has been shortlisted for the 2019 Oscars.
“Bao,” along with other Pixar and DreamWork’s animated shorts, made it on the list for Best Animated Short, according to IndieWire.
Directed by Chinese-Canadian director Domee Shi, “Bao” tells the story of an “aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome (who) gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.”
“Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life, but Dumpling starts growing up fast, and Mom must come to the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever.”
“Bao,” according to Pixar, explores the “ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the colorful, rich, and tasty lens of the Chinese immigrant community in Canada.”
There were 81 animated films that originally qualified for the category, but the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch only voted for 10, The Wrap reported.
The final list of nominees is set to be revealed on January 22, while screening of the shortlisted animations will play across select theaters before the 91st Academy Awards on February 24.
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