Pixar has built a legacy of smart movies that both parents and children can love. But two of the company’s animators have collaborated to share a much darker vision in the wonderful short film “Borrowed Time.” After winning several festival awards, the short is now available to watch for free via Vimeo.
The film, set in a beautifully animated Old West, deals with facing grief after a horrible accident. Co-directors Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj took five years to develop this short, while keeping up demanding schedules working on films such as “Inside Out” and “Brave.” But for the artists it was a creative itch they felt had to be scratched.
“In America, animation has largely become synonymous with kids’ films, whereas elsewhere around the world it’s celebrated as a medium that can be used to tell any story,” Coats told Variety. “We feel this cultural difference limits the potential audience and range of themes in American animation, and is a large part of why we chose to make ‘Borrowed Time.’ ”
Alongside the short film, the duo also released a brief featurette, which recounted the making of ‘Borrowed Time,’ as well as some of their original ideas and sketches.
Watch “Borrowed Time” below:
Watch the “Why We Made Borrowed Time” featurette: