Patricia Aleckzandra | Gogagah
From Toy Story to Finding Dory, we have seen how wonderful and family-friendly they are. Thus, giving us the notion that animation are just for kids. Yet, this newest animation can turn that belief upside-down.
“Borrowed Time” is a short film by animators Lou Hamou-Lhadj and Andrew Coats which took five years to make. Compared to other Pixar film, this side project of Hamou-Lhadj and Coats tells a story in a darker tone.
As what Hamou-Lhadj said, “The goal for us was to make something that kind of contested the nation of animation being a genre, and one for children specifically. 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.”
Even if this film has portrayed a story and themed fit for adults, it still holds some of Pixar’s most significant traits that we have learned to love and appreciate such as expressive characters and giving tremendous attention to character and detail. Everything seems to be so real – from the close-up detailing the dirt on his white polo and the stitches of the Sheriff’s vest, to the movements of the elements such as the breeze blowing through his hat, the cloud of dusts, the coach – that Pixar has yet again proven their prowess in animation.
The six-minute film tells about a Sheriff going back to the place of an accident he tries to forget for the rest of his life. Each step will bring back painful memories which he should face to find the strength to carry on. Borrowed Time explores the depths of grief and guilt while leaving a mark to everyone’s heart. It teaches us the most important thing we should always reward ourselves with – forgiveness.
Borrowed Time has now toured to different film festivals and has gathered various awards which includes Best Animated Short, St. Louis International Film Festival 2015; Best Cinematography, Fastnet Film Festival 2016; Grand Jury Prize, Nashville Film Festival 2016; and Best in Show, SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival 2016.