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A mother bird tries to teach her little one how to find food by herself. In the process, she encounters a traumatic experience that she must overcome in order to survive.

Release Date:June 16, 2016
Genres:Family, Animation
Production Co.:Pixar Animation Studios, Disney
Production Countries:United States of America
Director:Alan Barillaro
Plot Keywords:bird, pixar animated short, fear, short
Alternative Titles:
  • Piper: Descobrindo o Mundo - [BR]

Piper Reviews

  • cute, but also carries a profundity that Pixar seems to dash off like it's only another day
    by MisterWhiplash on 17 June 2016

    24 out of 25 people found the following review useful:

    A short that is both irrepressibly adorable and true to how these creatures move in real life, Piper follows a little bird as he/she (does that matter?) tries to get a little piece of clam that its mommy leaves for it on a beach. But the tide might come and sweep the bird away or back into looking like a messed-up little thing. It's an inspiring story that shows kids that if there's a little perseverance through the harsh waters that you can come out with something you didn't expect to get. Like many of Pixar's shorts it has a lot more depth than can be expected in a short running time, and the unique aspect to this is how the birds and ocean moves so closely as to how in life that it's only incredible that it wasn't done via digital-rendering on actual birds and clams and crabs and so on. And on top of everything else it's fitting to pair this with Finding Dory, which is all about taking on the odds against you to do what isn't expected - or, to put it another way, going past the limits of what is possible naturally.

  • The best thing about "Finding Dory"...
    by planktonrules on 22 June 2016

    19 out of 22 people found the following review useful:

    I don't like sequels and rarely will I go see one in the theater. In fact, I rarely watch them period. To me, the films are a bit lazy and offer little, if anything, in the way of originality. Because of this, I was not thrilled when my daughter asked me to take her to see the film "Finding Dory". Fortunately, "Piper" was highly original and very enjoyable...and was clearly the high point of my evening.

    The film is told with no words and is the story of a very timid baby sandpiper. Unlike the adult birds, it is afraid of the water...particularly when it's hit by a big wave. So how will this adorable little bird overcome its shyness?

    The best thing about this film is the character design. The baby piper is adorable and is a great combination of a more realistic sort of CGI with a slightly cartoony character. Overall, the film was gorgeous and enjoyable...and rather sweet.

    UPDATE: This film was nominated for the Best Animated Short Oscar. Considering the quality of "Piper" and the sad lot up against it this year, I think it's a shoe-in to take home the trophy.

  • Cute and a subtle message on the adventures of life
    by Rajasri Nanduri on 23 June 2016

    13 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

    Definitely one of the best parts of the Finding Dory experience. The little piper was not just adorable but the way the makers of Piper captured the beauty of motherhood, survival, nature and adventure in just 6 min is pure brilliance.

    As always Pixar was able to successfully make short films more interesting. Sometimes the unexpected adventures are the most memorable. Though we are scared of a new beginning/change/any adventure, it can still turn out to be something you'd love. Life is all about the journey, the adventure. Take chances and may be we'd end up doing something amazing.

  • Wanted more
    by lulubellew-16567 on 12 July 2016

    12 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

    I am 55 yrs old and loved Finding Nemo and could not wait to see Finding Dory. I went today with a friend and after watching Piper I turned to my friend and told her even if Finding Dory was not great, Piper was worth the price of admission LOVED IT. (Finding Dory was good also but could not get Piper out of my head. Came home and looked it up on my computer and was excited to see a little teaser (as they called it) and teaser is correct cause it took you right up to the start of the adventure. Dang it I wanted to see it again. Whoever and however they did this animation needs to do some more of this, shoot I could have watched a how movie on Piper. Okay I know it is a short movie but could you throw in another teaser trailer. :-)

  • Piper was certainly another worthy Pixar computer-animated short
    by tavm on 10 July 2016

    11 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

    Shown just before Finding Dory, this short is about a young bird on the beach who's a little afraid of the waves when they move quickly especially when it's trying to get something. Everything in this one looks so lifelike, for a while, I didn't think it was computer animated at all! Both funny and a little touching, the minutes seem to go by pretty quickly by the time it ends. Such a natural feel looking at all those birds' movements not to mention the ocean when it movies to and fro most of the time. The 3-D glasses I viewed this with may have been a plus, I don't know. Certainly, I was riveted throughout this short. Really, all I'll say now is Piper is another worthy Pixar short.

  • Quite possibly Pixar's best short film in recent years
    by TheLittleSongbird on 2 August 2016

    8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

    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

  • The best Pixar short EVER!
    by OneEightNine Media on 23 June 2016

    8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

    Wow. Just wow. This short is better than the movie that comes after it, Finding Dory. Funny thing is that this is the only Pixar short I can actually remember. It is only 6 minutes but such a powerful movie with a great message. Finding Dory is a pretty good movie but if it was flat out awful, I wouldn't have minded paying money to watch it because this animated short is just that good. Because it is only 6 minutes long, I'm not going to spoil it for you. But you're going to love it. The animation is great, you can tell they put love into the animation. The short is short but the story is kind of epic in its own way. The short is funny, touching, inspiring and magical. I'm tempted to by the Finding Dory BluRay just for this short.

  • Grasping the world with cuteness
    by Imdbidia on 15 January 2017

    3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

    A sandpiper hatches and expects mummy to feed him, but that is not what Nature intended for this little bird, and he has to learn to feed on his own from the seashore. He is just so scared.

    Piper, short for sandpiper, is one of the cutest short films ever. This is Pixar in its full splendor regarding the quality and polish of the animation, character creation and the way the story is presented. Most importantly, this is clean humour that speaks to adults, children, and people from all cultural backgrounds, anywhere in the world.

    Piper is a slice of bird life, presented both with great realism and accuracy regarding pipers behavior in Nature, but transcends the purely observational by infusing Piper with a reminder of how exciting the world looks and feels when you are a toddler or a puppy. That sort of energy is perfectly captured in the film. Piper speaks, basically, of the magic of discovering the world for the first time.

    Piper character is beautifully drawn and textured, cutest as cute can be, tender, innocent and naughty at the same time. Hugely huggable.

    Not an inventive story or narrative, just it does what it intends to do to perfection.

  • Beautifully animated, profound message
    by MoistNarwhal on 24 August 2016

    3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

    This short is my favourite by far, of all the Pixar animated shorts. It's remarkably well animated and soundtrack is great. Normally I don't pay much attention to these and they're just OK and a little fun, but this one is different.

    Piper tells a beautiful story of a chick and her mother, who is trying to encourage her to fend for herself a bit more. The story is about growing up and embracing your independence. It touches on other things like dealing with negative experiences, facing fears and overcoming obstacles in life. And that's a hell of a lot to include in such a short and simple piece of work.

    It's amazing how much emotion and how much story can be effectively conveyed with no language of any kind. With just the animation and sounds, Piper does an astounding job of telling a cute story that anybody can relate to.

  • The message of collage and adventures of life
    by rie-63184 on 27 July 2016

    4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

    The little piper is not just adorable but the way the makers of piper captured the beauty of motherhood,, survival, nature and adventure in just 6 min is pure brilliance.

    The film is told with no words and is the story of a very timid baby piper. The best thing about this film is the character design. The baby piper is adorable and is a great combination of a more realistic sort of CG with a slightly cartoon character. Both funny and touching, the minutes seem to go by pretty quickly by the time it ends.

    However, this story line is a little difficult for children. It is not easy to understand the process of getting shells.

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