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Short films attached to animated features are nothing new. Studios did it years ago to pad the run time of usually shorter animated efforts. Then Pixar brought back the lost art, giving us such memorable (and Oscar-winning) shorts as Tin Toy, Geri’s Game and For the Birds.
Now it appears Disney will get back in the game by attaching the animated short Paperman to November’s eagerly anticipated video-game story Wreck-It Ralph. The studio has shared the first few images from the short to give us an idea what the visuals will look like. We have them for you below.
Paperman will use a groundbreaking new technique that merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques. The short will be helmed by first-time director John Kahrs, whose black-and-white story follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City who uses a stack of papers to get the attention of the girl of his dreams.
The images, at the very least, are gorgeous. It’s fantastic when hand-drawn animation – a throwback to a creative time now gone – is used to breath life into the past, and I can’t wait to see how Kahrs imagines a long-gone New York City in his short. It’s hard to really tell what else the director has in store, but we’ll be able to find out soon enough. Could Disney possibly tease Paperman in full as part of its Comic-Con panel? It’s very possible, and if that happens, we’ll bring all of the information here to you.