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Meet the Fluffy Star of Pixar’s Upcoming Animated Short “Piper”

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When it comes to Pixar films, there’s as much hype surrounding the shorts that air before the movies as there is about the full-length movies. Pixar just shared a look at their new short, “Piper,” which will debut alongside Finding Dory on June 17th.

Alan Barillaro, who also worked as an animator on A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and more, is the director, having begun on “Piper” as an animation test inspired by his beach runs before turning it into a whole six-minute short. Produced by Marc Sondheimer, the short “tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.” Piper then forms an unlikely friendship with a hermit crab, who “teaches her the way of the waves.”

Barillaro told Entertainment Weekly how the story of the aquaphobic bird ultimately teaches a lesson about perseverance and learning:

It’s the kid at the playground feeling. You fall down and you feel so small, but you look and see someone even smaller than you brush themselves off and tackle something, and learn from that in your own way. It was important to me to stay in the kid world and see the world from Piper’s eyes, and not be from the human perspective.

I can’t wait to see that cute sandpiper jumping around the beach! Are you excited for “Piper”?

(via Collider, Image via Pixar)

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