‘Paperman’ Director Leaves Disney


Briefly: If you were hoping that you might eventually see a Disney animated feature from Paperman short director John Kahrs, it won’t happen any time soon. The filmmaker has moved on from Disney, as revealed by the  “unofficial” Disney Animation Twitter account.

This seems like a situation driven by Kahrs, but we don’t know the reason for his departure. Hopefully it was a better situation than the changes at Pixar which led to Bob Peterson being pushed off The Good Dinosaur. We also don’t have any info on what Kahrs is up to next, but we’ll report on it when info becomes available. Having an Oscar-winning short on his reel should make getting the next job easier, however.  [Cartoon Brew]

If you caught Wreck-It Ralph last fall — and considering its $182 million domestic box office gross, there’s a good chance you did — you’ve probably already seen Paperman, Disney’s buzzed-about 2D animated short. But if you missed it, or if you did see it but are just eager to relive the magic, you’re in luck. Disney has uploaded the six-minute film in full to YouTube, and you can enjoy it after the jump.

Using a combination of hand-drawn and CG techniques, the mostly black-and-white movie follows a man and a woman who meet by chance on their morning commute. They part ways before they have a chance to speak, but when he sees her in the office right across the street from his, he spends the rest of the day attempting to reconnect. Click through to watch the video.

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Disney Animation Studios latest short film, Paperman, has been generating a ton of buzz since screenings began earlier this summer. Directed by John Kahrs, the film uniquely blends hand-drawn and computer generated animation to create a strikingly beautiful vision of mid-century New York City. There, “a young man relies on his heart, imagination, a stack of papers—and a little luck—to win the girl of his dreams.” It’ll hit theaters nationwide November 2 as the short film attached Disney’s featured animated film, Wreck-It Ralph.

/Film was lucky enough to see Paperman at an early press day for Wreck-It Ralph (which we’ll have MUCH more on in the coming days) and figured it was worth a video blog. After the jump watch myself and Ben Pearson from FirstShowing.net discuss Paperman. Read More »

As if there weren’t already enough reasons to look forward to Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, here comes one more. We’ve already told you about Paperman, the hand-drawn/CG hybrid animated short that’ll be premiering in front of that feature, and the insane amount of great buzz it’s already received. (Well — a lot of that early talk was from Pixar employees, but still.) Today we’ve got the first look at actual images from the short, and like the early concept art, they’re striking in their retro simplicity. Check them out after the jump.

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Since its earliest rumblings, we’ve been following a new project by Disney Animation Studios called Paperman. It’s a short film directed by John Kahrs about “a young man in NYC relying on his heart, imagination, a stack of papers—and a little luck—to win the girl of his dreams.” The short is scheduled to premiere in theaters with Wreck-It Ralph this November.

Paperman is now finished and will reportedly debut in Los Angeles and France this month. Several new images have come on line, and the short also screened at Disney’s Pixar Studios, leading several employees there to tweet all about it. Check it out below. Read More »

Earlier this year we brought you news of a new Disney short called Paperman that will play at festivals and likely in front of the video game-inspired film Wreck-It Ralph. The short is directed by John Kahrs, a former Pixar employee who also worked on Tangled, and there have been whispers that the short will feature a unique look and animation technique.

Now the logo has been revealed, and we know that the basic story outline is “the story of a young man in NYC relying on his heart, imagination, a stack of papers—and a little luck—to win the girl of his dreams.” But there is a lot more info available, which you can read below.

Update: We’ve got the poster now, too, and it is lovely.

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Disney’s Short Film ‘Paperman’ Revealed

Most of the time, when Disney makes a project, it’s impossible to hide. For example, in the coming months they have some teeny, tiny films like John Carter, The Avengers, Brave and Oz: The Great and Powerful scheduled for release. Even their short films, such as the popular Toy Story Toons, La Luna or Tangled Ever After, get a considerable amount of pre-release attention. So it comes as a bit of a shock that, buried at the bottom of an MPAA news release, is a G rating for a short film from Disney called Paperman. What is Paperman? There’s not much info out there, but there is some. Read More »