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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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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:

Les avions de papier See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Meander, a vector-based drawing program developed by Walt Disney Animation Studios, was first tested in this short to give it the hybrid 2D/3D look. See more »

Crazy Credits

The Disney logo is in the black-and-white artwork of the short, and has a paper airplane flying over it. See more »

Connections

References The Red Balloon (1956) See more »

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Delicate, charming and sweet
9 February 2013 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Oscar nominated, this short film is a simple story of two people who have a chance meeting only for fate to intervene to ensure it is more than just that. As such it has the potential to be corny and therefore hard to care about, but it manages to be quite touching. The plot stretches a bit with the paper planes essentially coming to life rather than just being a device but this was the only place where it pushed me. The sight of the main guy being held in his seat by the planes didn't really work for me and I would have preferred a bit more of a "passive" device (eg I preferred the woman's interaction with her plane) but mostly I went with it because I was into the short film.

This engagement was achieved by the delicate touches provided in the music and the animation, both of which are excellent. Without so much as a word the film unfolds in mostly black and white and it has a great look to it – I have seen people posting screenshots from this film and some of them are beautiful enough to hang. The music plays in the background and resists the urge to overegg the material so it never feels like it is being used to guide your emotions in a cynical or undeserving manner. It takes you where you know it will go but the manner in which it does it is charming and pleasing; it will not have you in tears but it is delicate, charming and ultimately sweet and that is quite the achievement in a wordless 7 minute animation.


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