Pixar has traditionally featured animated short films alongside its main feature presentations since 1998 when it showcased its Academy award winning animated short film, Geri’s Game, which made its theatrical debut together with The Bug’s Life. Since then, fans were treated with wonderfully crafted shorts to compliment its full-length animated films.
Finding Dory is definitely no different. The long-awaited sequel to one of the world’s greatest animated films ever made will get the same treatment with a six-minute short film about a baby sandpiper learning to overcome his fear of the water. A fitting complement to the underwater sequel, Piper must learn to overcome his hyrdrophobia if he wishes to eat and to survive.
Entertainment Weekly gave us a first glimpse on this “big-eyed, diminutive little beach-dwelling bird” with their interview with Pixar veteran animator and Piper Director Alan Barillaro. According to Barillaro, he had the inspiration for the latest Pixar short while watching a flock of birds fleeing from incoming waves only to come back once it draws back in order to eat.
“Seeing the way these sandpipers react to waves and run, I always felt, ‘Gosh, that’s a film, that’s a character,’” says Barillaro. “It’s always fun to show a world we’re familiar with but from a different perspective. We’ve all been to the beach, but have we ever viewed water from just an inch off the sand? That could be very fearful from a bird’s perspective.”
Like in any other Pixar creation, crafting the perfect story takes time and patience. So after three years of writing and revising storyboards, research, and production, Piper finally landed a spot with Finding Dory which also shares the same nautical theme with the main feature film.
We’ll surely wait for this on June 17 when it hit US theaters together with Finding Dory. So what do you think of this first glimpse of Piper? Share your thoughts in the comments below.