Pixar Animation Studios is known for making surprisingly dark, bold storytelling choices in its movies. For movies that are meant to be accessible to children, they can be sharply daring in the directions they take.But none of these films gets as dark as Borrowed Time, a short film that Pixar animators Lou Hamou-Lhadj and Andrew Coats made as a side project. The piece, which has toured film festivals and is now available on Vimeo for a limited time, is expressly about loss and mourning.
"A goal for us was to make something that kind of contested the notion of animation being a genre, and one for children specifically," Hamou-Lhadj says in a making-of short that debuted on Vimeo alongside Borrowed Time. "We really wanted to make something that was a little bit more adult in the thematic choices, and show that animation could be a medium to tell any sort of story."
Directors: Andrew Coats, Lou Hamou-Lhadj
Music composed by: Gustavo Santaolalla
Nominations: Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated), Empire Award for Best Short Film