The weather in Nijmegen is grey and rainy today. Alan Barillaro brings cuteness overload with the six-minute short Piper. That is what we need today, right?

The computer animation – which at times is indistinguishable from live action – is beautifully done and a faux documentary camera style gives it a sense of realism. Barillaro used new, cutting edge technology to create the six-minute short over three years. For Piper, he used beach sounds and a whimsical score rather than dialogue to help convey the story.

It is a sweet story about a young piper (bird) learning how to feed on the beach and, with the help of a young crab, discovering that there is a better way to pinpoint its food.

Barillaro, who has been at Pixar since he was 18, contributed to some of Pixar’s biggest hits, including A Bug’s LifeMonsters, Inc. and WALL-E. Piper won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. Rightly so or?