Disney’s animated short Paperman, which accompanied Wreck-It Ralph in cinemas, has been released online. The 6 and a half minute film was created by first-time director John Kahrs and a small team at Disney, and has been nominated for Best Animated Short Film at this year’s Academy Awards.
The black-and-white short tells the story of a lonely young man in mid-century NYC who briefly meets a beautiful woman on his morning commute. After thinking the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he glimpses her in the skyscraper across from his office and uses his imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention.
Paperman introduces a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly blends traditional hand-drawn animation with computer-generated imagery, taking the art in a bold new direction. Wired reports:
Paperman’s seemingly seamless way of blending the personality of hand-drawn animation with CGI in the physical space of the story is the result of new in-house software called Meander, a vector-based drawing program that allows for manipulation of the line after the fact — something that Kahrs described as “just like painting on the surface of the CG.”
You can watch the Oscar-nominated short below: