Originally played ahead of Wreck-it Ralph, Disney has now released Paperman online in its entirety. The short film has been nominated for Best Animated Short Film at this year's Academy Awards.
Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with Paperman. 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. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Paperman pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.
Watch the entire short film, below:
Source: Walt Disney Studios
UPDATE: Apparently, the video has been taken down from YouTube and is no longer available online for viewing. Check out the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph Blu-ray release , available March 5, 2013, to see the short in its entirety.