Piper: An Oscar-Nominated Short Review

Updated: May 20, 2020



"Piper" is Pixar's yet another heart-warming short film to accompany Finding Dory. It became the first Pixar animated short film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 89th Academy Awards, since For the Birds in 2002. It was premiered on 17 June 2016.


"Piper" begins with a stunning shot of sandpipers digging out clams from the sand until the waves hit the shore and they sprint inland. Initially, the protagonist expects her mum to feed her, presumably as she has always been, but the mother incites her to try for herself. She was successful at first but then the waves crashed to shore and drenched the poor little bird, making her frightened. Desperate hunger and some help from a baby crab eventually lead Piper to conquer her fear in the most adorable manner.


Although the sweet tale of the story is relatively simple, it's such a visually compelling way to invoke the experience of the animal that it drives the viewer into a new world.


The animation is striking and detailed as with other Pixar films. The feathers of the sandpipers particularly have been made in minute detail. It was just overwhelmingly wonderful!





One of the best things that I feel about this movie is that it's so relatable. We all have a fear of something in our lives that makes us shudder. It portrays how the biggest of the fears can be overcome through courage and determination.


The other thing about "Piper" worth mentioning is the film's bold decision to skip the speech. This idea completely pays off in spades. Yet the expressions and actions tell the entire story in an indelible manner.


Overall, this is a simple yet great film with a plot that keeps you engrossed till the end. It's a compelling tale of survival with a cool and adorable theme that is, in a nutshell, the Pixar influence. Undoubtedly my favourite short film.





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