Piper is the short film that precedes Finding Dory in theaters and it’s of the usual Pixar quality. It’s a simple tale, that of a young sandpiper trying to learn the basics of feeding itself. But it’s beautifully, gorgeously animated and it has several big laughs. The character of the young piper is beautifully realized; you’d swear you were looking at real footage at certain times in the film. And, ultimately, it added up to a truly joyous climax. Adorable, hilarious, beautiful and it leaves you with a big smile. 4 stars.
tl;dr – Pixar short finds pathos, hilarity and, ultimately, exuberant joy in a young sandpiper’s quest to become self-reliant. 4 stars.