Pixar's Newest Star, Piper, Is Beyond Adorable

Illustration for article titled Pixars Newest Star, Piper, Is Beyond Adorable

Often, one of the best things about a new Pixar movie is getting to see a brand new short film beforehand. These are Oscar-quality animations with a huge variety of subjects, and the latest is no different. It’s called Piper.

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Directed by longtime Pixar animator Alan Barillaro, Piper tells the wordless story of a young sandpiper bird being taught the ways of the food chain by its mother. It’ll be in front of Finding Dory when that movie hits theaters June 17 and, as you can tell by the concept art below, the character is going to quickly work its way into the hearts of movie goers everywhere.

Illustration for article titled Pixars Newest Star, Piper, Is Beyond Adorable
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And yes, that is concept art above. It’s not a finished still from the movie. The movie itself, somehow, looks even better.

[Entertainment Weekly]

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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If you’ve never seen sandpipers in action, Pixar couldn’t invent anything more charmingly ridiculous. They stand at the edge of the edge of the surf, when a wave comes in they all hurriedly run away from it (oh no oh no oh no!), then as it retreats hurriedly follow it back (oh boy oh boy oh boy!) and wiggle their beaks in the ground for washed up critters. Repeat all day.