|New still for Disney's animated short, "Paperman."|
Photo: Walt Disney Animation Studios
This week, Walt Disney Animation Studio’s released three new stills for the upcoming short, Paperman, to be shown with “Wreck it Ralph” this November. There has been a lot of talk about this short. What makes it unique is that part traditional hand-drawn animation and computer-generated animation. The animators in each genre worked together using a new proprietary program called Meander to create the short. According to a press release, these artists used a new technique called, Final Line “to add a level of grace and expressiveness never before seen on the big screen.”
This new experiment is under the direction of first-time director, John Kahrs, but he is hardly new to the studio. He spent 10 years at Pixar and supervised the animation on the Disney princess hit film, Tangled.
Paperman tells the story of a lonely young man living in New York City who meets a beautiful woman during his morning commute. Once the trip is over, the man is convinced that the girl of his dream is gone forever. Then he sees her in a window of a skyscraper. He must rely on his heart, imagination, a stack of papers and a little luck to get the girl.