Film fans hail Disney's "amazing" 'Paperman' - watch
The short film has been nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the Oscars
The animated short was originally shown in theatres before Wreck-It Ralph at the end of last year - but in the wake of it being nominated for Best Animated Short Film at this year’s Oscars, Disney have released it online in full.
Director John Kahrs told Cartoon Brew that he had the idea for Paperman after working with classic Disney animator Glen Keane on Tangled. "I thought, why do we have to leave these drawings behind? Why can’t we bring them back up to the front of the image again? Is there a way that [CGI] can kinda carry along the hand drawn line in a way that we haven’t done before?"
Kahrs' blend of 2D and CGI animation has been a hit with Twitter users and critics alike. The Telegraph's Tim Robey has said: "Paperman is the best thing Disney has done in years", while The Huffington Post described it as "a funny, charming thing of beauty". See a selection of awestruck tweets below.
Looks like the Disney I remember. Love the look of this piece ‘Paperman’, Disney’s new Animated Short Film pulse.me/s/hZoyX— Micah Yost (@micahyost) January 31, 2013
Beautifully animated - I dare you not to cry. Disney’s wonderfully sweet Oscar-nominated short ‘Paperman’bit.ly/WCWaZr— Helly (@IAmHellsBells) January 31, 2013
Paperman is absolutely amazing. Sweet and touching. Well done Disney!— Fran ☺ (@FraLovesUk_13)
This is Disney's Oscar-nominated short 'Paperman' - It is absolute perfection j.mp/Wy2AvI— Aston Ward (@aston_ward) January 31, 2013
The silent short tells the story of a young man and woman who meet by chance at a train station but go their separate ways before they have the chance to get to know each other. It's not until later that the Paperman realises that the woman works in the building across from him and tries to attract her attention using paper aeroplanes.
Find out if Paperman wins an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film on 24 February 2013.