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TYMNHS: Animated Short Piper (2016)

In this cute edition of Things You Might Not Have Seen, I will talk about the animated short Piper. I actually saw this animation in a movie theater, when it played before Finding Dory. (Yes I went to see a cartoon in a theater.. . why do you ask? πŸ˜…)

The quality of this animation is so good, that for the first few frames, I actually thought I was looking at a real footage of birds by the beach. The animation is about Sandpipers, birds that live on the beach, hunting for food in the sand when the wave recedes, and dispersing when the water comes back in.

There is an adorable baby piper 🐣 who like any baby, demand food from its mother. The mother Sandpiper feels it is time for the baby to leave the nest, and start looking for its own food.

The baby piper is excited at first, and rushes by the shore. It is too busy exploring to realize the tide was coming back in. We see the baby Piper back at its nest, cold and shivering πŸ₯Ά The mother calls the baby back to the shore, but it refuses to leave the warm, safe nest.

The baby is hungry, and miserable πŸ˜” It feels it is too small to fend itself in the big world. While feeling sorry for itself, the baby Piper meets a baby hermit crab, even tinier than itself.

The baby Piper learns some important lessons from the tiny crab:

  1. No matter how small you feel, there will always be someone even smaller than you.
  2. Tiny is mighty πŸ’ͺ The feisty, tiny crab made sure the baby Piper didn’t forget.
  3. If you are too busy hiding your head in the sand, in this case literally, you will miss out on the wonders of the world.
  4. Once you start believing in yourself and find your strength, you can help others, and change the world around you for the better.

This short animation is as meaningful, as it is cute. If you haven’t seen this Academy Award winning animation, you can check it out on the link below:

I hope that you discovered something new today 😊 Thank you for reading!


Published by Aisha Urooj

I live in Toronto, Ontario. I love living in my multicultural city. My hobbies include writing, reading, painting and photography. I adore classic books and hope to someday emulate the books that I love and cherish. I have a newsletter you can join at Hope to see you there! 😊

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