You never forget your first pet, most of us might have had something like a kitten, a puppy, a guinea pig, or any other kind of fluffy cute animal, but how many of us can say that it just happened to be a murderous pet piranha?
This is the basis of the plot for this wonderfully adorable animation by filmmaker Devin Doyle about a ten-year-old girl called Sally who learns the hard way when she discovers that her new goldfish is actually a bloodthirsty piranha with a taste for human flesh.
It sounds like a plot for some kind of B-movie horror film (and it isn't far off), but the twist here is that it's beautifully inspired and stylized by the imagery and music of 1950s Americana, Tim Burton, and the shorts of Pixar.
You know, the kind of stuff that kids and grown-ups alike adore.
And the piranha in question is actually pretty cute and has a conscience when it comes to his next meal, Sally and her family are off the menu, but the local neighborhood boys who tease and bully the little girl are the kind of food he has his eyes (and teeth) on.
It's a charming animation, albeit with a dark overtone as Sally and her fish friend forge a lasting relationship, and the carnivorous pet wreaks havoc on the unsuspecting neighborhood bullies.
However, i very much doubt you will all be sitting down as a family to share the enjoyment with the young ones.
It'll put them in trauma therapy for years.
If you liked this short then check out Devin's 'Behind the Scenes of Fish Friend' below: