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Piper (2016)

A mother bird tries to teach her little one how to find food by herself. In the process, she encounters a traumatic experience that she must overcome in order to survive.

Director:

Alan Barillaro

Writer:

Alan Barillaro
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A young and bright-eyed Sandpiper is motivated by her mother to start hunting for food along with the rest of the flock in the sandy seashore. However, the tiny bird is still terrorised by the surfs that break on the ocean's shoreline, unable to take care of herself. Poor little Piper, growing up is difficult, nevertheless, your caring mother believes in you. Written by Nick Riganas

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17 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Alan Barillaro said the impetus for the short came from what watching the behavior of feeding sandpipers, who forage on the shore but flee the water each time the waves flow. See more »

Crazy Credits

In a post-credits scene, Piper's sleeping with shells and wet. See more »

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Featured in MsMojo: Top 10 Best Pixar Shorts (2018) See more »

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The best thing about "Finding Dory"...
22 June 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I don't like sequels and rarely will I go see one in the theater. In fact, I rarely watch them period. To me, the films are a bit lazy and offer little, if anything, in the way of originality. Because of this, I was not thrilled when my daughter asked me to take her to see the film "Finding Dory". Fortunately, "Piper" was highly original and very enjoyable...and was clearly the high point of my evening.

The film is told with no words and is the story of a very timid baby sandpiper. Unlike the adult birds, it is afraid of the water...particularly when it's hit by a big wave. So how will this adorable little bird overcome its shyness?

The best thing about this film is the character design. The baby piper is adorable and is a great combination of a more realistic sort of CGI with a slightly cartoony character. Overall, the film was gorgeous and enjoyable...and rather sweet.

UPDATE: This film was nominated for the Best Animated Short Oscar. Considering the quality of "Piper" and the sad lot up against it this year, I think it's a shoe-in to take home the trophy.


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