January 31, 2013
Just when it seemed the future of animation was doomed to three dimensional trickery, director John Kahrs has pulled inspiration from the roots of hand-drawn cinema.
The following six-and-a-half-minute-masterpiece, Paperman was created using the traditional animation techniques perfected by Disney animator Glen Keane—who's work includes Aladdin and The Little Mermaid among others—melded with modern day CGI technology.
The resulting Oscar contender re-invigorates the look and feel of classic Disney animation and warms the heart with the simple story of a desk jockey and his dogged quest for love. Matched with great sound mixing and a fitting score, the short succeeds in transposing the feelings of a feature-length film into just a few glorious minutes.
Though the Fantasia-like paper flyers threw this viewer off just a bit, it is a Disney film after all, it's certainly a triumph in an industry where visual technology is quickly becoming visually sterile.
Paperman is up against the stop-motion awesomeness of Fresh Guacamole, Adam and Dog, Head over Heels and The Longest Daycare (featuring baby Maggie Simpson) in the Academy Award category for best animated short.