‘Borrowed Time’: the animated Western short by Pixar animators

Borrowed Time (animated short film)

Pixar animators Andrew Coats (Inside Out, Brave) and Lou Hamou-Lhadj (The Good Dinosaur, Toy Story 3) have independently created an award-winning short, BORROWED TIME, a dark western that defies their family-friendly Pixar history, but is no less impactful. The creators have now made the entire short, and an accompanying featurette, available to view on Vimeo.

In the short, a weathered Sheriff 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.

The gorgeously animated piece was crafted in-between their schedules on the Pixar films, offering an alternative to the kinds of storytelling they were making. “The goal for us,” says Hamou-Lhadj in the accompanying featurette (below), “was to make something that kind of contested the notion of animation being a genre, and one for children specifically.”

Fellow animators Greg Dystra, Nick Piteri and the legendary Steve Purcell (Sam & Max) are credited as voices on the short.

Watch the entire short film:

Watch the Why We Made BORROWED TIME featurette: