Disney Animation has released a series of new photos giving us our first look at their new short, Paperman. The film was made using a unique animation technique called Meander that blends CG and traditional animation. According to EW the result "is a world seemingly sculpted out of sketches." The short is being directed by John Kahrs, a former Pixar employee who also worked on the Disney film Tangled. Here's what he had to say about the technique,
Drawing can have a really powerful, visceral effect on the viewer. You can create anger and surprise or anguish with just a few lines of a pencil. But it can’t just be the same thing it was. I think for 2-D to be revitalized, you have to figure out a way to make it new again.
The story follows an office worker tries to get the attention of the woman of his dreams by sailing handmade aircraft across the canyon of a bustling Manhattan street from his skyscraper to hers. Paperman is set to show with Disney's Wreck-it-Ralph.
To read more details on the making of the short and the animation technique they used for the film click here. It's actually a pretty interesting read if you're into art and animation.
Here's the synopsis:
Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short 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.
I can't wait to see how the final product turns out! It looks and sounds like it's going to be very charming.