This November, Wreck-it-Ralph moviegoers will be treated to the new Disney short Paperman, from first time director John Kahrs. We have some newly released pictures to give you a first look at Paperman.
Together with Glen Keane and Clay Kaytis, director John Kahrs supervised the animation on the hit film Tangled (2010). He joined WDAS in 2007, after 10 years of working at Pixar Animation Studios on films like “A Bug’s Life” and “Ratatouille.” Kahrs was the lead animator for the character Sully in “Monsters, Inc.”
Director John Kahrs, takes animation in a bold new direction, in Paperman, with a revolutionary technique that merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques. The result, as you can see from the stills, achieves both an old fashioned look with modern appeal.
Paperman, done in black and white, is the story of a lonely young man living in New York City during the 1950s, whose life changes when he encounters the woman of his dreams. When the woman disappears, he’s convinced he’ll never see her again, but then he gets a second chance. When he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office, he’ll only have his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention.
Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, the Disney short Paperman takes animation in an exciting new direction. The short was created by an innovative team of 2D and CG artists with a proprietary program called Meander. Artists used a technique known as final line, to add a level of sophistication and expressiveness never before seen on the big screen.
The short makes its theatrical debut in front of Wreck-It Ralph on Nov. 2, 2012.
I don’t know about you but I almost feel like you can read the story just by looking at these beautiful images which are reminiscent of “old school” animation.