Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj direct an animated short film about a sheriff from the old west who’s spends his entire life coming to grips with an accident from his past.
Borrowed Time although it has a look and feel of a Pixar film is not, but is the creation of two animators both of whom work as animators for Pixar.
Lou Hamou-Lhadj and Andrew Coats in there featurette, that can be seen at the bottom of this post, said “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.”
Borrowed Time is a visually stunning short that jumps back and forth between the present and the memory of a sheriff who relives an unfortunate accident from his youth as he try’s coming to grip with what all went so wrong.
The animated short offers plenty for a western even in it’s six and a half minute time frame. A grizzled and weathered sheriff, a shootout, guitar music and a desolate desert canyon that all come together to offer something spectacular that will leave you with a heavy heart without a doubt.
Official synopsis for Borrowed Time:
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.
Borrowed Time is an animated short film, directed by Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, and produced by Amanda Deering Jones, with music by Academy Award-winner Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel, Brokeback Mountain).