HOLLYWOOD, CA – Disney cleaned up at the Oscars this year with wins for Pixar’s animated feature, Brave, directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and the John Kahrs-directed animated short, Paperman.
Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, the black-and-white Paperman follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting during his morning commute. Originally played ahead of Wreck-it Ralph, Disney released Paperman online for viewing in its entirety in January:
During the ceremony, Paperman Producer Kristina Reed threw a paper airplane off the balcony while Kahrs made his way up to the podium, earning herself a short walk with security staff.
Pixar’s Brave, which was nominated for eight Annie awards but lost the top prize to Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, won over Academy voters with outstanding character animation and animated effects, including Merida’s bewitching hair:
Congratulations to Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and the Pixar team for their incredible effort, as well as to John Kahrs for his groundbreaking work.