It all began with a short, so anytime the animators at Pixar Animation come up with a new one, the production community pays a lot of attention.
Now getting a sneak peak on Pixar’s website is writer-director Bud Luckey’s Boundin’, a musical about the adventures of lamb who needs the help of a wise jackalope to get over the loss of his wool coat. Luckey says he got the inspiration after he saw the touching sight of a newly shorn lamb shivering in a cold rain in his native Montana.
It was veteran animator Luckey who designed Toy Story’s Tom Hanks-voiced Woody, one of the characters that started Pixar’s amazing ten-year run in 1994. In addition to penning the Boundin’ story, Luckey created the conceptual drawings of the characters, wrote the music and lyrics, and performs the shorts central song. Boundin’ is in the running for an Annie Award and will probably vie for an Oscar short kudo as well.