DaniElle DeLaite recently traveled to Emeryville California to Pixar, to talk with the storytelling geniuses behind the likes of Toy Story, Up, Finding Nemo (& Dory), Cars, Inside Out and, of course, The Incredibles.

A constant highlight for any Pixar animation release is the short film which plays before the feature presentation, and this time around cinema-goers were served up a warm slice of Bao.

To celebrate the launch of The Incredible 2 on Blu-ray and DVD we talked with the first female to direct a Pixar short, Bao director Domee Shi and producer Becky Neiman-Cobb about the incredible short film Bao. Shi talks about the honour of being the first female short director for Pixar.

They also talk about the universal themes of the short film, and how the themes appeal to all cultures despite some of the cultural specificity of the short. Shi also explains the double meaning of the word Bao. Also how to pronounce the word. Shi also talks about her real life inspiration behind the film, and how her early family life sparked off the story.

Here’s the conversation,

The Incredibles 2 is out on DVD and Blu-ray right now.


The Incredibles 2 Plot

While the Parr family has accepted its collective calling as superheroes, the fact remains that their special heroism is still illegal. After they are arrested after unsuccessfully trying to stop the Underminer, their future seems bleak. However, the wealthy Deavor siblings of Devtech offer new hope with a bold project to rehabilitate the public image and legal status of Supers, with Elastigirl being assigned on point to be the shining example. Now having agreed for now to stay at home to care of the kids, Mr. Incredible finds domestic life a daunting challenge, especially with baby Jack-Jack’s newly emerged powers making him almost impossible to manage. However, Elastigirl soon has her own concerns dealing with the menace of a new supervillain, Screenslaver, who is wreaking havoc with his mind control abilities. Now, Elastigirl must solve the mystery of this enemy, who has malevolent designs on the world with the Parr family and friends key targets of this evil.