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Paperman (2012)

G  |   |  Animation, Short, Comedy  |  2 November 2012 (USA)
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An old-time American man tries to get the attention of an attractive young lady where he needs to find creative ways to communicate.



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Credited cast:
Jack Goldenberg ...
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Jeff Turley ...
Boss (voice)
Meg (voice)


An animated short that 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. Written by Walt Disney Animation Studios

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Upon its victory at the 85th Annual Academy Awards, Paperman (2012) became the first Disney animated short film to win the Best Animated Short Film Academy Award in 43 years since It's Tough to Be a Bird (1969), as well as the first Disney animated film (feature-length or short film) made by Walt Disney Animation Studios to win an Academy Award since Tarzan (1999). See more »

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The arch that is created over the castle during the end credits is headed by a paper airplane. See more »


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I have to admit I got a little teary eyed!
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'PAPERMAN': Five Stars (Out of Five)

A Disney animated short film (that debuted in theaters before 'WRECK-IT RALPH') that tells the story of a New York office worker (sometime in the mid-20th century) who falls for a woman he just met, on his way to work, and is drawn to her through paper (paper airplanes to be more specific). It was directed by first time director John Kahrs (who's other film experience has been in the animation department for Disney animated features) and written by Clio Chiang and Kendelle Hoyer (the duo also worked on the script for Disney's 2011 'WINNIE THE POOH' animated feature). It's a black-and-white short and combines traditional hand-drawn animation with computer animation. I absolutely loved the film; it's about as good a short film as I've ever seen (live action or animated)! It's so emotionally moving and beautifully magical that I have to admit I got a little teary eyed. At 7 minutes it's hard to rate in comparison with feature length films, so to say this is one of the best movies I've seen all year might be an overstatement, but it's definitely one of the best shorts I've ever seen!

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