I’m a sucker for beautifully designed short animated films and Disney Animation’s latest Oscar®-nominated effort, titled “Paperman” is one that I simply had to share.
There’s every chance that you may have already viewed this gorgeous 6½ minute short which played as a precursor to the recent animated kid’s flick, “Wreck It Ralph”. As suggested by Disney:
Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.
The film showcases an innovative new method of combining hand-drawn and digital animation techniques. Together, the blended styles create a pixel perfect CGI film experience that retains the human-created, hand-drawn look that has been missing from the slick animated features of late.
“Paperman” is the handy work of first-time director, John Kahrs and a small creative team who will no doubt be pretty confident about climbing the Oscars stage in Hollywood in a couple of weeks time.