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Pixar Animators Go Dark With New Western Flick Veering Toward Suicide

Pixar Animators Go Dark With New Western Flick Veering Toward Suicide

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By    |   Thursday, 20 October 2016 01:40 PM

A new short film from two Pixar animators, "Borrowed Time," might be the genre’s darkest picture yet, as it focuses on grief, guilt, and death.

Though Pixar has broached arguably adult subject matter before — think "WALL-E," "Up," and "Inside Out" — this new venture, a side project five years' in the making for animators Lou Hamou-Lhadj and Andrew Coats, is quite a bit more somber, CBS News reported.

It’s even being called the darkest and most adult animated film yet.

The seven-minute short from Quorum Films is centered on a sheriff who battles two demons — grief and guilt surrounding his father's death — that eventually have him perhaps even contemplating suicide, according to CBS.

“A goal for us was to make something that kind of contested the notion of animation being a genre . . . for children specifically,” Hamou-Lhadi said in a clip detailing the animators' inspiration. “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 already creating some buzz and many positive responses online. 

"What's been great about seeing the responses online is that a lot of people bring a lot of different emotions to what it means for them," Coats said in a Q&A with TheVerge.com. "That was the goal for us in the end. It's about asking questions for yourself, and finding the answer for yourself, not being spoon-fed an answer."

But director Coats seemed to shy away from the possibility of turning “Borrowed Time” into a full-length feature.

"We don’t know what the reality is for really doing that, especially with the budgets required to make these kinds of films," he said. "We’ve had five years of our time in this world so right at the moment we’re itching to do something new and different.”

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