Paperman Animated Short
Have you ever felt like another face in a sea of people? I can remember plenty of times where I felt like I was surrounded by people and yet completely in alone. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that feeling. Recently, during the #DisneyMoviesEvent I had the opportunity to see Paperman. And I knew I wasn’t alone at all.
Disney’s Paperman animated short will be shown before Wreck-It Ralph in theaters this weekend. It’s something that Disney hasn’t done in quite a while. But I think Paperman is the perfect choice for such a position. It’s a story of finding connections when you feel like just another face in the crowd. It’s also the result of new connections being made by the Disney creative minds.
After screening Paperman we had the opportunity to speak with producer Kristina Reed. She shared with us the story behind the film. It is all about a chance meeting and the possibility of connecting with someone to make the moment something special. She shared that director John Kahrs was inspired to tell the story very early in his career.
He lived in New York City and spent time travelling through Grand Central Station. He’d find himself moving through throngs of people thinking about why he wasn’t happier with his life. He was young, single, and living in the Big Apple. Every so often he would catch the eye of someone at the train station and he couldn’t help but wonder if it was the girl of his dreams.
So when the chance came up to bring the story to life, producer Kristina Reed was on the project. She was out to tell the story of two people finding a connection while bringing two types of animation together for the first time.
Line Drawing Meets CG
I’ll be honest. I don’t know much about animation. Shocker, huh? My background is in live theater and education. But I can appreciate a good animated film. I have also seen how animation has changed over the years. Kristina Reed came to Disney from DreamWorks where they were working on a hand-drawn film at the time. They were also working on a CG film and there was a lot of talk about the talent.
She shared that there has been a disconnect between the hand-drawn animation and CG. They were separated and nothing was quite as smooth as it could be. They were having to develop double the amount of content for artists and it just felt like they weren’t taking advantage of the talent at the Disney studios.
So the project was handed to Kristina Reed and together with John Kahrs, they brought the world of hand drawing together with CG. The result is absolutely stunning! The hybrid of the two techniques adds something special to the story of two people just trying to find that person that might be the one.
Tell me about how you first met someone important in your life. How did you make a connection?
Formula Mom Disclosure: Disney provided a trip to Los Angeles in return for my honest reviews of the movies and events mentioned. Most expenses were paid by Disney and no other compensation was given. All experiences and opinions are 100% my own.