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After seeing sandpipers react to waves and run on the beach, director Alan Barillaro was inspired to design the main character of 'Piper' – the young sandpiper who is afraid of water but must venture there to eat. .

Production began as an attempt to create an animation tool that would help provide additional creative flexibility to the studio's filmmaking process. Pixar's software development team created a proof of concept, a short test animation using the sandpiper on a beach. This animation test quickly turned into a full-fledged short, Piper.


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