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 onTangled, 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.
Here’s a more thorough rundown of the short:
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 “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.
That’s a nice recap, though we’ve certainly seen other films that meld CG and hand-drawn animation. I’m interested to see what this offers, however, and the decision to go with a raw black and white look rather than a more polished modern all-CG aesthetic makes Paperman one to watch out for.