Those who saw Disney’s WRECK-IT RALPH were treated to one of the best animated shorts of all time before the feature began. PAPERMAN was absolutely breathtaking and conjured “all of the feels.” Walt Disney Records’ single for the short is now available for digital download from all major providers. Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,” “The Hangover” Part 1 & 2) composed the uplifting and light-hearted original music for the animated short film. “Paperman” is one of the ten films on the short list being considered for an Academy Award™ nomination.
“I tried to combine some traditional musical colors (like strings and harp) with more modern electronic elements in a way that felt sonically unique, while still evoking romance, longing, and a hint of magic,” said Beck. This was a great way to complement the mixture of old and new techniques in the animation.”
Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with “Paperman.” Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.
Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Paperman” pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction. Beck described,
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“with no dialogue, and a black-and-white period setting, it was a great opportunity for music to shine and take center stage in the story-telling.”