It’s become a norm for an animated short to accompany a Pixar film and that tradition continues with Finding Dory, with the film Piper. Directed by Alan Barillaro and produced by Marc Sondheimer, Piper, the new short from Pixar Animation Studios, 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.
As a proof of concept, Barillaro reportedly created a short animation test about a small bird – a sandpiper – on a beach. This animation test soon grew into this full-fledged short film. Barillaro comes with a wealth of experience, which should do Piper justice.
The director joined Pixar Animation Studios in January 1997 and has worked on almost every Pixar film as an animator, including A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and the Academy Award-winning features Finding Nemo, The Incredibles,WALL•E and Brave. On those last three features, Barillaro was given the role of supervising animator and was therefore responsible for overseeing the team of animators who worked to bring the characters in the films to life.
Piper will debut in theatres worldwide with Finding Dory in 2016.