Art is my first love. My brother and I have drawing all our lives and continue to this very day. Recently my brother told me to check out Disney’s recent short. I will admit I scoffed a bit at first but boy was I ever wrong. Paperman is a 2012 black-and-white animated short film produced by Disney and directed by John Kahrs. What makes Paperman unique is the technology that went into it; for the first time, Disney has merged classic hand-drawn 2D animation with 3D Computer-generated art within the same character. Paperman brings a smile to my face not only for the story line but the beauty of fusing new technology with classic art. In a world where we are always looking for advancement it is nice to see Disney forging the old with the new.
In an interview, Producer Kristina Reed explained how Director John Kahrs came up with the story of Paperman, saying “This idea came about early on in his career. He was reverse commuting; he lived in New York City and he was working at Blue Sky, which is out in the suburbs of New York, and every day he’d be traveling through Grand Central Station as a single guy in his 20s, and there’d be throngs of people moving through the train stations. And he would be thinking to himself, ‘why am I not having a more happy life? Like, I’m a single guy in New York City. I should be on top of the world. And yet I feel really rather lonely.’ And every once in a while, he’d make a connection with somebody, eye contact in the station and think ‘is that the girl of my dreams?’ And then she’d be gone. This short came about from those times.”
From the art to the story line, there is no question that Paperman truly earned its Academy nomination. Enjoy the film below and tell us what you think.