An office worker meets the girl of his dreams and uses a fleet of paper airplanes to get her attention.



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Complete credited cast:
George (voice)
Meg (voice)

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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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Release Date:

2 November 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Im Flug erobert  »

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Did You Know?


Paperman (2012) was the first animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios to win an Academy Award since It's Tough to Be a Bird (1969). See more »

Crazy Credits

A paper airplane flies off at the end of the closing credits. See more »


Featured in The 85th Annual Academy Awards (2013) See more »

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The love story with wonderful pictures.
14 February 2014 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

The tone of the picture is so cute that I was excited to start to watch this film . Papers are drawn lively, showing the passion of the man who has fallen in love. Paper airplanes flying from the window to the window are very beautiful. They are sometimes hit by a gust of wind, sometimes interrupted by a group of birds. A white paper airplane shines on the black and white screen. Also, the appearance of old city is wonderful and has certain atmosphere. The story is very common. A man is taken with a woman at the first meeting, so he is destined to find her and follow her, then his passion reaches her and they reunite. It's a 7-minute short film, however, it tells us the beginning of love and let us imagine the story which should be continued.

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