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Disney’s Paperman Now Online

January 30, 2013

papermanThis is by far one of the best short films I’ve seen this year, and I’ve seen an awful lot of them. It’s one of the best things Disney has done since the Pixar takeover, in fact. As was its destinty from the moment information about it began to leak out, it was nominated for a Best Animated Short Film Oscar earlier this month. I can’t imagine it not winning.

It’s a simple story, told in a simple style, and though its animation looks simple, it’s incredibly detailed. Usually you’ll get great animation OR great storytelling, but Paperman’s director John Kahrs knows his shit on both sides and has created something wonderfully breathtaking, funny and innovative all at the same time.

Here is what I wrote about it in our year end top animated shorts list:

Though I chose to do this list alphabetically, Paperman is one of the best films I’ve seen in years of any genre, length or artistic discipline. The film adheres to the Disney style of magic, employing the paper airplanes in the same tone that Mickey did 50 years ago with his enchanted brooms, while also forging new ground stylistically with its brilliant multi-layered mottled ink-and-paint style. I can’t speak highly enough of this film.

(via: Cartoon Brew)

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