Watch: ‘Borrowed Time’ by Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj


Pixar AnimatorsAndrew Coats (Brave, The Good Dinosaur) and Lou Hamou-Lhadj (Wall-E, Toy Story 3) spent the last five years working on this animated short during their spare time, and it’s powerful and beautiful. 

The six-minute animated short, titled ‘Borrowed Time,’ is set in the Old West and tells the story about redemption and forgiveness. It follows a weathered Sheriff who “returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.”

Check it out! 

“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 the featurette. “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.”

“People’s expectations of what animation is to them varies,” Coats said in the video. “It’s great because that means we’re challenging what people are expecting. And that’s what we set out to do in the beginning.”


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