Rejected is Don Hertzfeldt’s answer to requests, rumours and imitations of commercial work (something he says he’ll never do) following the success of Billy’s Balloon. It represents what he might have produced if he had accepted the offers. Since its release in 2000, it has gained a cult status and an Oscar for best animated film.

Since then, Hertzfeldt has found critical acclaim with Everything will be OK, the first of a series of animations about Bill. The second is I’m so proud of you. Hertzfeldt is currently working on the third.