I just finished watching Adam and Dog, the last of the five Oscar-nominated animated short films I had not seen. Yesterday I watched Fresh Guacamole and Head Over Heel and after I post this article I’m going to give Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” a second watch along with the following short film, Disney’s Paperman, which I’m quite certain is going to be this year’s Oscar-winning animated short film.
Disney is giving you a chance to watch the complete short online for free, accompanied with the following description:
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 OscarÂ®-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.
If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s sweet, romantic and truly a great short film.