A film that can plunge to emotional depths, organically shaking your foundation as a person, is a beautiful poetic rarity in today’s media age. Even more so, an animated film resonating that kind of emotional ripple effect. Pixar has been known to tug at the heart strings, but sticking mostly to the morality lesson, and family friendly side of film. Queue Borrowed Time, a new animated short from Pixar, that will tear you to pieces. Typically crafting child friendly narrative, Borrowed Time is not for the faint of heart, and carries a dour tone, and themes not necessarily suitable for younger audiences.

This is a new direction for Pixar, and it’s a deeply intimate and devastating tale of personal loss, and dealing with the pain of past mistakes. Surrounding inner turmoil and the emotional burden the main character had heaved upon themselves, this is truly a disconsolate story with a desolate backdrop.

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).

Please watch Borrowed Time below on the streaming service Vimeo.

Here is the 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.

Here is a quote from director Lou Hamou-Lhadj about the project:

“A goal for us was to make something that kind of contested the notion 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.”

So what do you think of Borrowed Time? Drop a comment and let us know.