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‘Borrowed Time’ Short Film: Two Pixar Animators Made a Gorgeous Western for Adults — Watch

Co-directors Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj tap into a different kind of magic in this tragic tale of two sheriffs.

Borrowed Time

“Borrowed Time”

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.

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“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:

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