Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Seaside Short: Next Pixar Short Revealed, Will Be Attached To 'Finding Dory'

For a little while, Pixar was pretty hush-hush on what short would accompany their next - Finding Dory - in theaters. Unusual for them, but now we know that the film will indeed have a short attached, and what said short will be...

It's called Piper. It's about a sandpiper. Have a look at our titular, feathered star...

And some folk out there can rest easy, for it's not another love story a la The Blue Umbrella and Lava (two shorts I liked, for the record), or Disney Animation's Paperman and Feast.

It's being directed by long-time Pixar animator Alan Barillaro, and he got the inspiration from seeing sandpipers on his beach walks, and how they would run away from the waves and then go back to get food. The short itself, no surprise, is about a piper who learns to overcome his fear of the water from a hermit crab. The filmmakers want to tell it from his perspective too, in order to show just how scary those waves can be to a little bird.

"Seeing the way these sandpipers react to waves and run, I always felt, ‘Gosh, that’s a film, that’s a character. 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."

The article goes on to explain that the short evolved out of a test, and how it took three years to evolve into what it is now. It almost hints that Mr. Barillaro may land himself a feature directing gig sometime in the future, as he apparently really impressed Andrew Stanton himself.

Another really cool tidbit... The vocalist of the 80s-00s incarnation of King Crimson, Adrian Belew, will score the short. I love that Pixar is venturing out, musically, and I hope to see more composers outside the Randy-Thomas-Giacchino wheel do the scores for their features. We've seen that happen little by little, as Patrick Doyle scored Brave and Mychael and Jeff Danna scored The Good Dinosaur.

Also... How appropriate. A short about a sea bird before a film about fish!

Finding Nemo, interestingly enough, was one of the few Pixar films to have a brand-new short before it. Nothing was ready, apparently, so Pixar opted to attach a classic short of theirs to the movie... They picked 1989's Knick Knack, I guess because it had a character in a snowglobe and it ends with said character landing in a fish tank. Either that, or because it's the most appealing 80s short of theirs outside of Luxo, Jr.

Anyways, the short looks great, sounds great, and it's nice to know that a short is playing before Finding Dory. What say you?


  1. Yes!! Finding dory will have a short!!

  2. Funny thing about the original "Finding Nemo" having a vintage short playing, as you mentioned in some of the last paragraphs; and some forget this is that the first "Toy Story" on it's original release didn't have a new Pixar short either. Instead a reissue of "Roller Coaster Rabbit", a Roger Rabbit short originally released with Touchstone/Disney's " Dick Tracy", was played before Toy Story, while select prints contained "The Adventures of André and Wally B." To me it would've made sense to release "Tin Toy" instead.