Piper visually stuns through realistic animation whilst retaining its feathery coming-of-age core. Decades. Literally decades. It has taken thirty two years for Pixar to release their greatest short yet. A visual delight involving a sandpiper hunting for food at a seashore whilst attempting to overcome its fear of water in order to survive through independence. Y'see, when a Pixar short that is featured before the main event (in this case 'Finding Dory'), surpasses the high quality storytelling of its proceeding feature. Well, it essentially eclipses the entirety of poor innocent Dory's shenanigans.
Piper, without a doubt, is Pixar's most distinguished animation accomplishment in every area possible. The animation, right down to the microscopic feathers of the sandpiper that were rendered in minute detail, were glisteningly beautiful. The glossy hermit crabs, the crashing waves and the sand particles that were individually positioned with an abundance of care. Encapsulating a minuscule environment and transforming it into a daunting landscape. The optical storytelling, noticeably absent of dialogue, is pitch perfect in illustrating the insurmountable fear that must be overcome when venturing into adult life. The cute approach resulted in an animation that is simply accessible for all ages, with younger viewers admiring the adorableness of the eponymous beach-ladened avifauna and older audiences appreciating the coming-of-age plot.
Belew's score complemented the innocence of natural progression in survival instincts, particularly as the beloved sandpiper imitates hermit crabs and appreciates the newly discovered underwater paradise. Aside from the one-dimensional emotional expulsion, that being "awwww" and nothing else, Piper is a near-perfect short from the leading animation studio and is a colossal step forward in the world of realistic animation. Where can I get my own sandpiper?