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Paperman (2012)

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

Director:

John Kahrs

Writers:

Clio Chiang (story), Kendelle Hoyer (story)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Kahrs ... George (voice)
Kari Wahlgren ... Meg (voice)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kari Wahlgren was brought on to do the short because of her work in Bolt (2008) and Tangled (2010). See more »

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

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Sweet.
2 February 2013 | by MartinHaferSee 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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