Before every new Pixar film we also get an additional treat, a brand new short. Before this summers “Finding Dory”, we will get to also meet an adorable piper bird in the short film called “Piper”, according to an Entertainment Weekly report. The short is about the beach-dwelling birds commonly seen searching the sand for food, yet constantly dodging waves as they come up to shore. “Piper” director Alan Barillaro would often see these birds on the beaches near Emeryville, CA (where Pixar’s studio is located), and he found it incredibly interesting to watch a bird who spends their life on the beach yet is scared of the water bearing towards them.
Barillaro started testing out some Pixar technology using this bird for screen tests, but his mentor, and “Finding Dory” director Andrew Stanton encouraged him to expand on the story about the piper bird. The story will be about one of these little piper birds who has hydrophobia (fear of water), and having to deal with this phobia while on the search for food on the beach. Barillaro says about his concept, “It’s always fun to show a world we’re familiar with but from a different perspective. We’ve all been to the beach, but have we ever viewed water from just an inch off the sand? That could be very fearful from a bird’s perspective.”
You’ll be able to see “Piper” and “Finding Dory” when they hit theaters June 17th!
Pic Credit: Entertainment Weekly & Pixar