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Piper (2016)

A hungry sandpiper hatchling ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The problem is, the food is buried in the sand where scary waves roll up.

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Alan Barillaro

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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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Piper, the titular sandpiper from this short film, made a cameo appearance on a poster in a Kellogg's commercial that promoted the film, Finding Dory (2016). In the commercial, Piper's poster can be seen behind Hank the octopus. See more »

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

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Quite possibly Pixar's best short film in recent years
2 August 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Not just that, but perhaps the best Pixar short film since 'Presto'(which accompanied 'WALL'E' back in 2008, and this reviewer has enjoyed to loved all the Pixar short films) and even better than the still very enjoyable 'Finding Dory'.

The animation is rich in gorgeous, vibrant colour and even richer in meticulous in detail, the titular character is both cute and impressively real. One of the most visually detailed and real of all the recent Pixar short films. Also splendid is the music score, which enhances every scene and action and sears powerfully in emotion without resorting to use of a repetitive song or something.

Pixar excels better than most companies in combining humour and pathos, not only achieving an ideal balance of the two executing both beautifully. 'Piper' to me is the most successful of the Pixar shorts since 'Presto' at all three. The humour is light and is not the constant laugh-a-minute type, but what there is is subtle and genuinely funny.

Where 'Piper' is more successful is with the emotional elements, with it being one of Pixar's most legitimately poignant, the emotional impact is present throughout and tears, whether it's just wet eyes or proper bawling, are most likely guaranteed. Also don't think there's been a cuter Pixar short, with one of the company's most adorable and relatable titular characters, or a more inspiring one with a beautiful identifiable message delivered with surprising subtlety.

Overall, truly mesmerising. Forgot that it was a 6 minute short film and thought I was watching a piece of art. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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