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'Paperman' Director John Kahrs Leaves Disney Animation

Oscar-winning Paperman director John Kahrs leaves Disney Animation in an amicable split in order to develop his own projects.

Paperman director John Kahrs has left Disney Animation, according to the “officially unofficial” Disney Animation Twitter account, which sent out a tweet last Friday:

Kahrs is the director of the black-and-white animated short, Paperman, which won an Academy Award in 2012. The short film, which blends 2D and CG animation techniques, was originally played in front of Wreck-It Ralph.

No word yet on where Kahrs is headed, but The Wrap reports that the split is “amicable.”

“I will miss working with them, and feel lucky to have played a part in the revitalization of the studio,” Kahrs reportedly said. “They have an abundance of projects; an incredible development slate, but I’ve decided to develop my own projects and pursue directing elsewhere.”

“It was very amicable — they were very gracious about that — and I believe we all left the door open,” he added.

“John is an incredibly talented filmmaker and artist and all of us here at Walt Disney Animation Studios are proud of his vision for the stunning and innovative Paperman,” a studio spokesman reportedly said in a statement. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Watch Paperman, below:

(via Cartoon Brew)

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.