Pixar Animators Spent 5 Years Making This Heart Wrenching Short Film in Their Spare Time

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If you say you’ve never shed a tear during a Pixar movie, you’re probably lying.

From the love story of Carl and Ellie in UP

to Bing-Bong’s tearful farewell in Inside Out

and, most notably – the nostalgic reflex that kicked in when Andy gives away Buzz and Woody in Toy Story 3

..it’s safe to say the animation film studio has given everyone all of the feels.

Now, two animators behind Pixar’s drawing boards have gifted us with a short film entitled, “Borrowed Time”. The dark tale was created by Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, and it has just made it’s online debut.

The emotional piece illustrates a still-mourning sheriff as he recalls a tragic accident from his past. It took the animators about around five years to make – which, is typical for most feature animation films. Only this one was created entirely in Coats’ and Hamou-Lhadi’s spare time.

“In America, animation has largely become synonymous with kids’ films, whereas elsewhere around the world it’s celebrated as a medium that can be used to tell any story,” Coats told Variety.

“Having worked on family films with a lot of heart and comedy, we wanted to do something outside of our comfort zone: a serious, action drama. We knew this would be a huge challenge for us,” Hamou-Lhadj added.

It’s already 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.

Alongside the short film, the dynamic duo also released a featurette, which depicts the making of ‘Borrowed Time,’ as well as some of their original ideas and sketches.

Watch “Borrowed Time” in the player above, or below.

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