Alan Barillaro

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Nicolas Alan Barillaro is a Canadian director, animator and writer at Pixar. Best known for his work on animated short-film Piper,[1] that earned him wide spread acclaim and Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film which he shared with producer Marc Sondheimer.[2][3]

Barillaro also attended Sheridan College in Oakville.[4]

He along with fellow animators Tony Fucile and Steven Clay Hunter are known as "The Three Caballeros"


Alan Barillaro used new, cutting edge technology to create the six-minute short over three years.[5] In order to give the sanderlings and other birds visible in the background a realistic look, Barillaro and the Piper animation team visited beaches in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as the Monterey Bay Aquarium to study their appearance and behaviour. The sanderlings' feathers in particular were rendered in minute detail.


Year Film Role
1998 A Bug's Life Additional animator
2001 Monsters, Inc. Character developer and animator
2003 Finding Nemo Directing animator
2004 The Incredibles Video short, animator
2005 Jack-Jack Attack Video short, animator
2006 Lifted Short, animator
2008 WALL-E Supervising Animator
2008 Igor Animator
2012 Brave Supervising Animator
2013 Monsters University Additional animator
2016 Piper Short, writer/director
2018 Incredibles 2 Supervising Animator


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Academy Awards February 26, 2017 Best Animated Short Film Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer Won [6]
Annie Awards February 4, 2017 Best Animated Short Subject Piper Won [7]

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  1. ^ Imbler, Sabrina (June 17, 2016). "A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Pixar's New Short Film 'Piper'". Audubon. National Audubon Society. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "Oscar Nominations 2017: The Complete List - 89th Academy Awards". January 24, 2017. Archived from the original on January 10, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "Oscar Nominations 2017: See the Full List". Vanity Fair. January 24, 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  4. ^ "Alumni Profiles". Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  5. ^ Robinson, Joanna (June 16, 2016). "Behind the Scenes of Piper, Pixar's Best Short Film in Years". Vanity Fair. Condé Nast. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  6. ^ "89th Academy Awards Nominees". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. January 23, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  7. ^ "44th Annie Award Nominees". International Animated Film Society. November 28, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.

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