The internet was pretty much set on fire when the first trailer for the long-awaited, insanely-anticipated, cute-as-a-button sequel to our childhood, Finding Dory came out nearly four months ago! Since the film's release in theaters, the internet hasn't had a moment's peace from theories, speculations, Easter Eggs, and just plain fan-girling. Finding Dory was packed full with Pixar magic; everything from the unexplained photo of Darla, to the best-kept Pixar Easter Egg of all time! But what nobody is writing about, and what my whole family went home talking about, is the real taste of Pixar love, detail, and imagination we received during our adventure to find Dory: Piper!
Meet Piper! The newest addition to Pixar's short film collection!
Pixar short films used to one of the best things about Pixar when I was a kid. They were half the magic. I don't think I've been able to really say that for about four Pixar movies now (thanks for that, Lava). However, when watching Piper for the first time, not only was I blown away by the amount of basic detail put into this little sandpiper living on the beach, but I was also laughing throughout the whole thing and awing over this bird's precious little squeak!
Pixar describes Piper's story as: "a hungry sandpiper hatching who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore."
Piper's experience of growing up is both hilarious and inspiring, one that everyone should see!
The message in this particular short film is what I believe makes it such a wonderful little flick. One could say Piper's journey from childhood to self-efficiency being featured as Finding Dory's short film could just be a coincidence. But we all know Pixar isn't one for redundancy, but that they're all about irony. Finding Dory's main audience are college students at this point — people who were little kids when Finding Nemo came out. Maybe this short film was a direct message to the viewers of that generation, who've had to grow up since Nemo was found.
The message in this film is simple, yet important: It's all about overcoming fear of the unknown; trying new things even if you're afraid of failure, and then when you do fail, never failing to get back up and try again. It's about the power of independence — not relying on someone else to support you, but pulling yourself up from your boot straps and taking care of yourself. Of course, your family and loved ones will never be too far away when you need motivation and support.
I think Piper was the best Pixar short film any of us have seen in a long time because of its innocence and humor in the midst of a real-life situation that everyone has to encounter at some point. But don't just take my word for it! Check out this first look at Piper and decide for yourself!
See Finding Dory and Pixar short film, Piper in theaters now!
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