Disney’s Paperman Animated Film Released Free Online [video]
It's not often that an Academy Award nominee is released for free online for everyone to view it before The Oscars. This time around however, Disney has made available "Paperman" which is an full animated short film for all to see. The Paperman video is available on YouTube and we've included it below for you to watch in it's full 6 minutes and 35 second glory.
In addition to being an Academy Award nominee for Short Film (Animated) it won the Annie Award for best short. Winning Annie Awards before The Oscars is a big deal because it shows a higher probability of winning. The very top Annie winner, "has gone on to win the Oscar 73 percent of the time" Brooks Barnes states in the NY Times blog titled, "Wreck-it Ralph Scores Big at Annie Awards."
The director John Kahrs is getting his first Academy Award nomination for the animated short film Paperman. The film is produced by a small team at Walt Disney Animation Studios. It is described by Disney as a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques.
The animated short is a story of love and how it can always find a way. The "Paperman" movie starts off with a man and women running into each other at the train station as their papers get mixed up. The piece of paper that stays consistent through the six-minute romantic heart tugger is the only hint of color with red lipstick as a kiss. The lipstick stained paper keeps the paperman's thoughts on his potential new lover.
You go on the journey with the Paperman as he tries to gain attention from the women he mysteriously met. Throwing paper airplanes to try and catch her attention he eventually gives up. That's when the magic of love takes hold and forces the man and women together for their moment when they find each other and gaze deeply into each other's eyes.
The Academy Awards has released John Kahrs response to the Awards Nominee Questionnaire.
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The questionnaire is shared as follows:
Nominee Name: John Kahrs
How did you find out that you'd been nominated? My brother texted me as the announcements were airing. He must have seen a list online immediately.
How did you react when you heard the news? I was thrilled, running around the house, waking up everyone.
Where did you grow up? The Hudson Valley in Upstate New York.
Where did you go to school? I did a Bachelor's Degree at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, Canada.
What's another interest of yours outside of movies? Aviation, making stuff in the garage.
What was the first movie you ever saw? That's tough... But for some reason "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" comes to mind.
What is your favorite film or films? Also tough, but "Seven Samurai", "It's a Wonderful Life", "The Shining", "Jaws" and "Bambi" would be a good desert island collection.
When did you decide you wanted to make movies? As soon as I realized I could make my own flipbooks...around 8 years old.
Who or what inspires you? Miyazaki, Kubrick, good engineering, and lone flights on the way to faraway places.
What advice do you have for others who might want to follow in your footsteps? Stop wishing for it, start DOING it.
What would be your dream movie project? I think I already did it... It was called, "Paperman."
Have you decided yet whom you're bringing to the show? My wife Gennie, of course!
Did you watch the Oscars growing up? Yes, often.
Do you recall a favorite Oscars moment? Watching my mentor... Chris Wedge, accept the animated short award for "Bunny."
What are you most looking forward to on Oscar Night? Just being that room - what an honor!
Do you use social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and if so, what are your accounts? @john_kahrs (Twitter)
Very happy about the Annie on Saturday night! Huge thanks to production crew who made Paperman so much better than I could ever expected!
— John Kahrs (@john_kahrs) February 4, 2013
You can watch the Paperman full animated short for free below:
Paperman - Full Animated Short Film
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.