Burbank, California (June 15, 2012) –This past Friday, Walt Disney Animation Studios disclosed that the short Paperman will appear on the big screen ahead of Wreck-It Ralph in most nations worldwide on November 2nd of this year. Ralph is the studio’s latest project that has already generated a large amount of interest around the web, mainly due to its numerous cameos from famous video games and the film serving as a love letter to gaming culture. It stars John C. Reilly as Ralph, a former arcade game villain who after thirty years reforms himself to attempt to be a hero.
Some of the characters featured in Wreck-It Ralph include: Cyril (The House of the Dead), Qbert (Qbert), Bowser (Super Mario Bros.), Cammy White and Chun-Li (Street Fighter), and Kano (Mortal Kombat).
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. The short makes its theatrical debut in front of Wreck-It Ralph on Nov. 2, 2012.
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John Kahrs is the director behind Paperman, while Kristina Reed will produce. The animated short, presented in a minimalist monochrome style, combines the worlds of CG and traditional hand-drawn animation to create a captivating tale of love at first sight involving a young man and a woman he has spoken to only once. His fate takes a surprising twist after spotting her again from the window of his office; he decides to persue her. Paperman is set in New York City in the mid point of the 20th century.
Meander was the program utilized for the short by a team of 2D and CG artists led by Kahrs, who joined Disney Animation Studios in 2007. The primary artistic technique adopted is referred to as the final line advection, a process in which animation expresses itself in greater leaps and bounds in visualization.
Paperman debuted worldwide on the first night of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, June 4, 2012. Its appearance in the United States will be during the Los Angeles Film Festival, June 17.
Source: Walt Disney Animation
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