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Paperman (2012)

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An urban office worker finds that paper airplanes are instrumental in meeting a girl in ways he never expected.

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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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When the film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short, producer Kristina Reed began throwing paper airplanes adorned with lipstick marks off the balcony where she was seated. She was escorted out of the theater by security, but was allowed to return 10 minutes later after a short protest. See more »

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The Walt Disney Pictures logo at the end is shown in the same unique style of animation as this film. See more »

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2 February 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have been going to the theater on a pilgrimage for quite a few years now each January-February to see the annual showings of the Best Animated and Best Live Action Shorts. I am lucky enough to live in one of the few places in the country that shows it each year. Now what I am about to say might offend some, but it seems that compared to most years, this year's crop of animated shorts is not as good as usual. While I liked a few films, I didn't love any of them--and no really memorable film was in the lot (such as a couple recent winners, "Logorama" or "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore"). Now this is not to say not to see them--but none bowled me over, that's for sure.

I liked "Paperman" quite a bit. Although a computer-generated cartoon, it has a great look--much like a traditionally inked cartoon. But it also had a nice distinctive style--mostly in black and white and with an interesting retro 1950s style. I also liked the story--it was sweet. But it also was just nice--and not much more. Would I give it the Oscar? No...but it's probably about as likely to take it as two other shorts--"Head Over Heels" and "Adam and Dog". The other two films seem like long-shots at best. We'll see when they pass out the statues later this month.

UPDATE: "Paperman" did win the Oscar. Still, take my advice and try these two other films as well--they are quite good.


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