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Disney’s ‘Paperman’ brings back the old magic

Disney’s new animated short, Paperman, is only six-and-a-half minutes long, but it is also one of the most charming things I’ve seen in a long while. Seamlessly blending old school, hand drawn animation with CGI, the black and white film takes place in a 1950-era Manhattan, and spills a wordless tale of chance encounter and thwarted romance.

Paperman
Disney

It was directed by John Kahrs, whose animation style reminds one of old school Disney fare like 101 Dalmatians … not too surprising since he was supervising animator on 2010’s Tangled, which also modernized a classic style. To find out more about the making of this film from the director himself, click here.

It’s nice to know that amidst the HUGE buyouts of Marvel and LucasFilm, that Disney still knows how to churn out something this small and intimate. Here’s hoping they give Kahrs a shot a making a feature film in this style of animation. If he can pack this much charm into six-and-a-half minutes, imagine what he could do with ninety.

Haven’t seen Paperman? Check it out and leave your thoughts below.

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