In Piper, â€œa hungry sandpiper hatchling discovers that finding food without momâ€™s help isnâ€™t so easy.â€ What I love about this short film is that it takes the best of Pixarâ€™s character-based animation and blends it with the narrow depth of field, with the almost photo-real cinematography emulating macro photography.
Barillaro has been with Pixar for some time, acting as a supervising animator on Wall-E, Brave and The Incredibles. Piperis his directorial debut, and I hope we see more from him. I also hope that Disney Consumer Products Group doesnâ€™t drop the ball again and not make some cute plushes based on this animated short, as Iâ€™m sure theyâ€™d sell well in Disney stores worldwide. Pixar and Disneyâ€™s animated shorts always seem to get the shaft from the merchandising departments.
The score for the short was composed by Adrian Belew, who is best known for his work as a guitarist and vocalist of the progressive rock group King Crimson. His songs have appeared in a bunch of movies and television shows, but this is his first attempt at composing an original score. This came about as Barillaro used Belewâ€™s compositions as temp music while he was developing the short film. Finding Dory director/Pixar brain trust member Andrew Stanton knew the musician and made the introduction.