Everyone knows a Pixar movie is bound to be entertaining for the whole family, but we never see the stunning animation used to tell exclusively adult stories. Animation has been used for American TV shows geared towards adults and, most recently, in the film Sausage Party. However, these are almost always comedies. Animation can be used to tell complex, dramatic, and serious stories, too, and Pixar animators Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj want to prove it to you. The pair collaborated on a short film titled Borrowed Time.
"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."
"Having worked on family films with a lot of heart and comedy, we wanted to do something outside of our comfort zone: a serious, action drama. We knew this would be a huge challenge for us," Hamou-Lhadj added.
Borrowed Time is a Western that explores themes of grief, anguish, and closure. Coats and Hamou-Lhadj spent the five years producing the short in between working on blockbusters such as Inside Out, Brave, and The Good Dinosaur.
The hard work was clearly worth the wait considering the short film has received tons of awards from film festivals all over the country as well as several international festivals. It's also been viewed more than 2.2 million times since it was posted to Vimeo four days ago.