Pixar’s Animated short, Borrowed Time, Is A Poignant Tale Of Human Sorrow

Pixar animators Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj’s brilliant short film Borrowed Time, has been racking up accolades on the festival circuit, and now you can watch it on Vimeo.

Borrowed Time captures a lonely sheriff as he stares down the barrel of a painful memory from his past. The film has a plaintive score by composer Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel). 

It’s won several awards, including Best Animated Short at the St. Louis Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Film Festival and Best in Show at Siggraph, all Academy Award qualifying events. Additionally, it’s just been named the Best Short Film for “its beautiful visuals in the service of telling an emotional story” by the Spark Animation Festival, set for Oct. 21-23 in Vancouver, Canada.

“The 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 an accompanying 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.”

To that end, Borrowed Time accomplishes more in six minutes than most movies do in two hours.