Bao (film) Short cartoon released with Incredibles 2 on Jun. 15, 2018. In Toronto’s Chinese community, an aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to live 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. Directed by Domee Shi. 8 min. From Pixar. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short of 2018.