A sheep lives on a sheep ranch somewhere in the American West. He loves to dance, and his graceful dancing makes him popular with all the other animals. Unfortunately, one day the young sheep is taken away and shorn of all his wool. The young sheep, who is laughed at by all the other animals, loses his confidence and can no longer dance. That is, until a friendly jackalope gives the sheep a pep talk.
Boundin' received a December 2003 screening to qualify it for the Oscars, and it properly debuted in November 2004, when it played in theaters in front of The Incredibles. Bud Luckey, who made this short, provided the voice of Rick Dicker the relocation guy in The Incredibles.
- Blithe Spirit: The jackalope.
- Empathic Environment: It's dark and rainy when the humans shear the lamb, but it becomes sunny again when the jackalope shows up.
- Dude, Not Funny!: Some moles find the lamb's newfound nakedness hilarious. Seeing this, the Jackalope gives them stink eye until they shut up.
- Gray Rain of Depression: The formerly sunny scene turns instantly to black clouds and pouring rain as the rancher's hand enters the screen and snatches the sheep. The rain continues to pour as the newly and completely shorn sheep is tossed back onto its rock, and glumly contemplates its new reflection in a puddle of water. Then a literal beam of light from the sun heralds the arrival of the jackalope.
- Nameless Narrative: We just get species names.
- Narrator: Bud Luckey narrates the story. This is a rare example of a Pixar theatrical short that averts Silence Is Golden and/or Mime and Music-Only Cartoon; Lava is another.
- Off-into-the-Distance Ending: The jackalope, having helped the little sheep, goes bounding away, as the moles follow.
- Rhymes on a Dime: The whole story is narrated as a rhyming poem.
- Seldom-Seen Species: The film shows a burrowing owl burrowing in and out of its hole.
- Time Skip: A time skip cuts from the newly confident sheep, bounding away in the summer sun, to winter and the sheep still bounding, having grown a new wool coat in the interim.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: The jackalope helps the sheep restore his faith in himself.