Watch: Disney's Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Film 'Paperman' Is Lovely and Charming

Watch: Disney's Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Film 'Paperman' Is Lovely and Charming

Jan 30, 2013

Paperman stillPaperman, an Oscar-nominated animated short from Disney, has been generating positive buzz for months now. Today, you can finally see the full short for yourself.

The story of a man and woman in mid-century urban America, Paperman shows how far a guy will go to get the girl of his dreams’ attention, and how sometimes fate intervenes on our behalf. It’s a cute and charming and easy to see why the Academy thought highly enough of it to nominate it for an award.

Directed by first-time filmmaker John Kahrs, Paperman merges hand-drawn and computer-generated black-and-white animation to bring to life the adorable story of an office worker who risks his job and livelihood to capture the attention of a beautiful young lady he meets while waiting for the train. It's a scene played out in major metropolitan areas across the country on a daily basis, but with a Disney twist. 

While Disney has merged CG and traditional animation in the past, this is reportedly the first time both forms were used in a single character. Traditionally, the studio uses CG for “vehicles, architecture, and inanimate objects,” but in this instance they used it to create CG character models then merged it with hand-drawn work on the same models to create an effect that captures the best of classic animation and CG.

Being a Disney short, Kahrs had access to top-notch facilities and talent, but the film still took 14 months to complete because it was created in gaps in development of Disney’s feature films. Producer Kristina Reed explains in a feature at Wired:

One of the things about making a short at Disney Animation it has to fit in the cracks between our big features, so for most of the project, there were never more than 10 people on it. And then every once in a while, we’d get a phone call and it was like, okay, there’s 10 animators available for six weeks; what can you do with them? And so we’d scramble around and figure it out and bring them all onto the show and have them work. And then they would go away again. So, in all there were quite a few people that touched it, but there was really a small crew of us that are the core of the project.”

We think the results were worth the effort. Check out Paperman below and see if you agree.

[via Coming Soon]

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