Piper is a 2016 computer-animated short film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. Written and directed by Alan Barillaro, it was theatrically released alongside Pixar's Finding Dory on June 17, 2016. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 89th Academy Awards, becoming the first Pixar animated short to win the award since For the Birds in 2002.


A flock of sandpiper hunt for food at a seashore, rushing to peck at the sand when the wave recedes and taking flight when it comes in. One baby (named Piper) is motivated by her mom to be part of the flock and get meals. However, she fails to pull away in time and is soaking wet through the incoming surf. The incident leaves Piper terrified of the water; she refuses to depart the nest but soon notices a team of hermit crabs digging into the sand to find deeper food and keep from being buffeted with the aid of the tide. By copying their behavior, Piper begins to see the beauty of the underwater world and becomes knowledgeable at discovering meals for the flock; therefore, overcoming her fears and insecurities.