Disney has decided to release its Oscar-nominated short film, Paperman, on Youtube.
Directed by John Kahrs, who was an animator on Tangled and Ratatouille, Paperman is a mostly black-and-white six-minute film. It blends hand-drawn animation with CG techniques.
The short tells the love story between a man and woman who happen to meet on a train platform as they set out on their morning commute. It has no dialogue and takes part in 1940s Manhattan.
Salon.com describes the film as follows, “A lonely young man is hit by a flying piece of paper while standing on a train platform. He is dazzled by the beautiful woman who accidentally drops her paper as a gust of wind blows it away, but quickly realize she’s departed on the train. Convinced that the girl of his dreams is gone forever, the guy spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office and gets a second chance to woo her.”
At the 85th Academy Awards ceremony on February 24, Paperman will go up against Mnikyu Lee’s Adam and Dog, Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly’s Head over Heels, PES’ Fresh Guacamole, and David Silverman’s The Longest Daycare.
Director Kahrs recently discussed his inspiration for Paperman with Cartoon Brew, stating, “I though, why do we have to leave these drawings behind? Why can’t we bring them back up to the front of the image again? Is there a way that CG can kinda carry along the hand drawn line in a way that we haven’t done before?”
You can watch the film below.