This post about Pixar’s new short: Piper is part of a series about my experiences during the Finding Dory Press Event. This was an all expense paid trip, but my reactions to the experiences and opinions are my own.
Eeek! I’m in love with Pixar’s New Short: Piper. The newest Pixar star to grace the silver screen is an adorable – too cute for words – sandpiper! Ahhhhh.
It should come as no surprise that this former beach bunny (I grew up in Ocean City, MD) is in love with these fun little birds. I spent my childhood watching them run. You cannot imagine my delight when I found out the Pixar’s new short will be premiering before Finding Dory on June 17. (Confession, I’ve already seen it, but YOU will see it for the first time!)
Poor hungry Piper has to brave the shoreline to dig up some yummy clams for dinner. But the waves come in to quick, and they’re pretty scary for our new little friend. (I totally get it Piper, I remember digging for those same clams for fun when I was a kid, and those waves always got me too!)
Piper teaches us about overcoming our fears – and how to be triumphant in doing so. All in about 6 minutes. I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s very entertaining to see our new friend learn about the ocean and how she conquers the waves.
Piper’s inspiration came from Pixar animator and Piper director Alan Barillaro would run alongside the shore and saw hundreds if not thousands of sandpipers retreating from the water but returning between waves to eat. They’re fun to watch – and he realized he had a character in one of those birds. Piper is produced by Marc Sondheimer, who also produced another one of my favorite shorts, One Man Band.
Fast forward three years of storyboards and production and Piper will be making a splash when Finding Dory swims into theaters. I can’t think of a more perfect pairing, and I can’t wait to see my little sandpiper friend again.
If you weren’t already excited about Finding Dory, now you have another excuse to go!