ALNM Rating: 5/5
Directed by: Domee Shi
Available to watch: In theaters now ahead of The Incredibles 2
Review: Forewarning: you will cry during this short. At the very least, you'll come away from it wanting to go find your mother, apologize for daring to grow up and be your own person (or at the very least, for your snotty adolescent years), and then give her a giant hug. I'll be honest, a good 50% of the reason why I chose to go see the Incredibles 2 was to see this short beforehand. Ok fine, 75%. I love that Domee Shi is the first woman to head up a Pixar short. I love that it's based on her Chinese Canadian childhood. I love that the husband was sitting at the dinner table, watching a Chinese show on in the background, like it was no big deal. I love that I totally did not expect where the story went - don't look at spoilers before you go, trust me. I love the authenticity of it all. And I love the Bao!
Pro tip; keep an eye out for a subtle reference to how Asian cultures like folks to take their shoes off in the house. C'mon people, your shoes are disgusting. Yes, I work in a hospital so I may be extra biased but the world is pretty gross. Take off your shoes.