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Animated movies have forayed into the film-making industry with ease, thanks to the kind of response it has received from its obvious audience — children, and even adults. People throng the movies because of the feel-good, happy feeling the animated movies leave us with. Pixar Animation Studios has however, been a different case. For those who don’t know, Pixar studios made popular movies like UP, Toy Story, Inside Out, among others,. to name a few.
Why these movies stand out is particularly because of the bold and unsettlingly dark storytelling forms that were adapted by Pixar to make these. But it seems, the latest Pixar project could be the darkest of them all. A short film called Borrowed Time, was made by Pixar animators Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj and depicts grief, loss and mourning. Borrowed Time has characters looking visibly depressed, some of them complete with sunken eyes and a dismayed walk.
The makers have released a making of the six-minutes-long movie on Vimeo too. There they explain that the dark storytelling form is completely intentional. “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,” Hamou-Lhadj said.
Watch the featurette here.
Borrowed Time from Borrowed Time on Vimeo.
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