Although Pixar’s primary audience is the kiddies out there, their films are often wrapped up in profoundly touching narratives that make us question family, culture, life and death.

The likes of Up, Inside Out and Coco certainly spring to mind when talking about thought-provoking and tender Pixar movies, as well as The Incredibles 2 which dropped in 2018.

Alongside The Incredibles 2 – when it premiered in cinemas – Pixar aired another of their shorts, Bao, which was one of ten films which recently made the Academy Award’s shortlist for “Animated Short Film.”

To celebrate that fact, Disney and Pixar have made the stunning short film available online to stream for FREE for the next week on YouTube, and it’s reducing people to tears.

For those of you who don’t know, the official synopsis reads:

“In “Bao,” an aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome 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. This short film from Pixar Animation Studios and director Domee Shi explores the ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the colorful, rich, and tasty lens of the Chinese immigrant community in Canada.”

You can watch Bao in its entirety below:

I’m not crying, you are.

As you’d expect, people were equally brought to tears by the short, with some praising it as one of the best short films they’ve ever seen:

The 91st Academy Awards take place on 24th February and I imagine Bao has a decent short of winning it.

It is shortlisted alongside “Age of Sail”, “Animal Behaviour”, “Bilby”, “Bird Karma”, “Late Afternoon”, “Lost & Found”, “One Small Step”, “Pépé le Morse”, and “Weekends”.

I haven’t seen any of them but they’ll have to be pretty magnificent to pip Bao to the gong.

Images via Pixar/Twitter