How To Watch Pixar's Oscar-Winning Short Film Bao Online

Here’s how to watch Pixar’s short film Bao online and whether it’s available to stream with Netflix, Hulu and Prime. In the past few years, Pixar has made a concerted effort to craft more culturally diverse and inclusive movies. Soul, for example, is the first Pixar film to feature a Black protagonist while fellow feature film Coco embraces Mexican culture. The short film Sanjay’s Super Team, meanwhile, follows a first-generation Indian American boy who struggles to reconcile his love of Western pop culture with his father’s Hindu traditions.

The short film Bao is another example of Pixar embracing greater cultural diversity. It’s directed by Inside Out story artist Domee Shi – the first woman to helm a Pixar short – and tells the tale of an older Chinese Canadian mother who is suffering from empty nest syndrome but gets a second chance at motherhood when a steamed dumpling she is making suddenly comes to life. This Pixar short was inspired by Shi’s own experiences as the only child of Chinese Canadian immigrants, alongside both Western and Asian folk tales like The Gingerbread Man and Momotarō.

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Bao was released theatrically alongside Incredibles 2 in 2018 and was a hit with critics who praised the short’s painstakingly detailed animation and moving exploration of the Chinese immigrant experience within the context of motherly love and cultural connections to food. It went on to win the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2019 too, but where can Pixar fans watch Bao online?

Unfortunately, Pixar's Bao isn’t currently available to watch with Netflix, Hulu, nor is it free to watch with a Prime Video subscription (though users can buy it for either $1.99 in SD or $2.99 in HD). The best way to watch the short film Bao online is with Disney+ which also has plenty of other Pixar shorts in its library including Sanjay’s Super Team, The Blue Umbrella, Loop and Burrow – to name but a few. Alternatively, Bao can be bought or rented from iTunes and Vudu.

Animation fans that enjoy Bao will be happy to learn that Domee Shi is about to make her feature-length directorial debut with a Disney-Pixar movie titled Turning Red that’s set for release in 2022. Like Bao, Turning Red sees Shi draw inspiration from her own life growing up as the only child of immigrant parents and follows a teenage Chinese Canadian girl grappling with both adolescence and the fact she turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited or stressed.

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