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February 04, 2013  | by: Jennifer Chien
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Paperman was directed by John Kahrs, who has also worked on many critically acclaimed Disney animated films such as Toy Story 2, Ratatouille, and Tangled. Originally, this was shown in theaters, prior to the screening of Wreck It Ralph. It has been released online only a few days ago, and has gone completely viral with over 8 million views.

Even though it’s probably part of the studio’s strategy to release the short online due to it’s nomination in the Animated Short Oscar category, it’s great that more people are now able to see this special animation, and see why it deserves an Oscar. With a beautiful hand drawn animation, the story takes us back to around the 1940′s, about a tale of boy-meets-girl.

Beginning in New York City, a man and a woman meet on a train platform. They have one of those clichéd moments, but before either can act upon it, the train whisks them apart. After his many failed attempts to get her attention by paper planes, he was about to give up when Disney put their magic into it. All the paper planes that landed in some alley magically led the man and the woman to find one another, going back at the train.

One thing I liked most from this seven minute short is how the story is simple and timeless. The silent black and white short reminded us the power of music through the lack of words. The way the romantic story played out also sends a message for all those singles (just in time for Valentines day) to have faith in the cliché, that no matter how ridiculous the situation, fate can bring two people together. Watch it below, if you haven’t already.

 

Do you think Paperman will take home the Oscar?

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