Disney short and Oscar contender Paperman has hit the Internets. Yesterday, Disney released the full short, uncut, on the Internet on Huffington Post and Youtube. Directed by John Kahrs, the film is important because it combines the art of hand-drawn, 2D animation with the quality of computer animation seamlessly. The short made it’s theatrical debut paired with Wreck-It Ralph on November 2, 2012.
A relatively simple tale of a boy meets girl chance encounter leads to the hero desperately attempting to re-introduce himself to a pretty girl via the medium of paper planes from his office skyscraper to hers. His failed attempts and passion for his original goal manifest in the hundreds of discarded planes as they try to guide, prod, poke and shove him towards his destination whilst gently persuading the goal of his affections along to a possible reconciliation too.
Premiered at the Annecy Film Festival in France. General release was with Wreck-It Ralph on November 2, 2012.
Blend of 2D and CGI using Meander software.
This is John Kahrs’ first film as a director.
Kahrs said that the concept for the short materialized when he was working as an animator at Blue Sky Studios. Kahrs went on to say, “We brought together as best we could the expressiveness of 2D drawing immersed with the stability and dimensionality of CG. It really goes back to working with Glen Keane on Tangled, watching him draw over all the images.”
The youtube video of the acclaimed short is available on our site from the Paperman Video page.
Other contenders for this years Best Animated Short Oscar include:
Adam & Dog (dir. Minkyu Lee, U.S.A.)
The story about the dog of Eden. What happened in those first days of Creation that made Man and Dog so inseparable? The dog, as he lives through this curious world, encounters a strange creature; a human being named Adam — and with that discovers a new-found connection to the world.
Fresh Guacamole (dir. PES, U.S.A.)
Learn how to transform familiar objects into Fresh Guacamole!
Head Over Heels (dir. Timothy Reckart, United Kingdom)
After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. When Walter discovers a long-lost memento of their wedding day, he tries to reignite their old romance. But it brings their equilibrium crashing down, and the couple that can’t agree which way is up must find a way to put their marriage back
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” (dir. David Silverman, U.S.A.)
Maggie Simpson spends a day at the Ayn Rand Daycare Center, where she is diagnosed at an average intelligence level. Longing to be grouped with the gifted children, Maggie finds her destiny by rescuing a lonely cocoon from Baby Gerald, who is busy smooshing butterflies.