Watch the Full Disney Animated Short Paperman

Before the Academy Awards on February 24th be sure to check out this, oscar-nominated, animated short by Disney animation Studios. This short was directed by first-time Director John Kahrs and played before Wreck-It Ralph. When I first saw this short I was really impressed and all I wanted to do was watch it again. So I went home and try to find it on the Internet. Sadly, all I could find was a hand recorded bad version of it. Now before the Academy Awards Disney has released the full short for your viewing pleasure. Read the full Disney YouTube channel description after the break.

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short, “Paperman.” 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. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Paperman” pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.

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  1. Sandie Sing

    I love the simplicity of the plot and the come back of the old black and white. Woody Allan was famous for his use of black and white in film making in the 70’s. Glad to see it return. The plot was simple. The closure left us hanging…not even a clue. Loved this short film. I hope it wins for animation short.

  2. Scott Gibala-Broxholm

    MANY thanks, Wilson! What a true delight – a real gem! It had the look and feel of a classic romantic comedy from the 40’s, but done 21st Century style. Isn’t it amazing how richly “colourful” Black and White can be? This has my vote for Best Animated Short of the year – at least, on paper 🙂

  3. Mili

    I loved this short when I saw it before Wreck-It Ralph, and like you I went home and tried to find it on the Net. All I found was some articles on how it was made. Thanks for posting it. Tough the animation is a bit springy at times, I hope it wins, because I have not seen such an emotional and beautiful story since Gerrry’s Game.


    Charming and Simple. Reminds me of Dick Van Dyke’s physical comedy.


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