‘Borrowed Time’: Animated Movies Not Just For Kids Anymore

A short film by Quorum Films, called Borrowed Time has shattered the myth that animated movies are meant only for kids. Pixar animators, Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, speak about why they chose adult themes like death, sorrow and regret in this featurette.

The goal for us was to kind of make something that contested the notion of animation being a genre,one that is meant for children specifically.

– Lou Hamou-Lhadj

Animated movies have always seen their audience among children and teenagers. Of course, adults,too, have enjoyed the animated feature films aimed towards children. Borrowed Time, however, differs vastly feature films with a serious underlying message such as Zootopia and Inside Out. The short explores darker themes and is emotionally heavy. Andrew Coats, one of the animators, says that they decided to take a risk with this film and shatter the idea of animation as a medium that is used only to tell children’s stories. He mentions that there is no profit in making such shorts, which allows them to be as creative as they’d like.

Borrowed Time tells the story of a sheriff who lost his father in a gun accident when he was young. The story goes on to explore how he deals with this tragedy in years to come.

Watch the short here :

Video Courtesy :  Borrowed Time via Vimeo
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 & Lou Hamou-Lhadj, and produced by Amanda Deering Jones. Music by Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla