Pixar's adorable short film, Piper, has garnered quite a bit of attention since premiering alongside Finding Dory last summer. Critics have sung their praises for the film which recently won the Annie Award for Best Animated Short and is in the running for this weekend's Academy Awards. Fans alike have expressed their love for the juvenile Sanderling who had to learn to face her fears or go hungry.
We were thrilled to see that Director, Alan Barillaro, and Producer, Marc Sondheimer would be holding a live question-and-answer session on Pixar's Facebook page tomorrow, February 22, to answer more fan curiosities surrounding the project. If you have a question for the duo, you can leave a comment on Pixar's Facebook page or reply to their Tweet.
Head back to our site tomorrow (no particular time was listed for the event at the time of our post), and we'll summarize the best responses (like we've done for recent Q&A sessions with Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich or even Pixar's recruiting team). Also, while you wait, be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Alan and view some behind-the-scenes photos of the production process.
Julie - Could you share where you were when you heard/watched the Academy Award nominations and the feelings you experienced having the team's hard work recognized?It was hilarious hearing Alan joke about dining with Denzel Washington when he heard the news and then sharing the story of trying not to wake his kids up through his anticipation and excitement while watching very early in the morning (around 5:30 AM). Marc then elaborated about how excited he is for the crew to share the nomination and although he and Alan are there in person, it really was a collaboration that led them to this moment. (We couldn't agree more, the nomination was very well deserved to recognize the entire Piper team.)
Another great question came from J.C., who asked, "What element, bit, or feature did you want to include that didn't make the cut?" They talked about an early version of the film in which Piper ate worms and although they had some cute gags where Piper would get the worm wrapped around her (like a piece of spaghetti around a fork), it ultimately "looked kind of gross" — so they had to change her meal choice.
Be sure to check out the full live discussion (embedded above). We'll be eagerly awaiting this weekend's Academy Awards — best of luck to the entire Piper crew.
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