PAPERMAN Full Animated Short Film

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Check it out, thanks to the Disney Animation.

Director John Kahrs revealed that he was influenced by Glen Keane’s work on The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast and Aladdin, among many others projects. He told Cartoon Brew:

I thought, Why do we have to leave these drawings behind? Why can’t we bring them back up to the front of the image again? Is there a way that CG can kinda carry along the hand drawn line in a way that we haven’t done before?

The way of blending the hand-drawn animation with CGI in the space of the story is the result of new tool called Meander. It is a vector based drawing program that allows and artist to manipulate every line after they’ve drawn it — something that Kahrs described as ‘just like painting on the surface of the CG.’ Or, in other words, the team modeled and animated the short, which then 2D artists took to paint over.

Even if you’ve got a heart of steel, it’s worth it just to see what Kahrs does alongside his team.

Paperman Image

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  • brenon45 says:

    I see this poping up on lots of wesites, and I have to agree, this was a amazing Short film by Disney,combining the styles of Black and White with a 3D design, it was Dramatic, and very Exciting to watch, they did outstanding on this Film video.

  • Dan2dan says:

    Cute enough story, but I’ll never understand the desire to get CGI to mimic hand-drawn animation.

    Like trying to get an oil painting to look like a photograph.

    • Storyteller says:

      Dan2Dan what does CGI look like? It doesn’t have one look. It’s used widely to imitate. Here’s another, for this short, if they used hand drawings, they would have to draw every single frame. With CGI they don’t need to and can do less work but push things much farther.
      Overall, it’s just so they can. Art isn’t about do A and as long as that works, just do A. If someone though an oil painting was a photograph, it would speak a lot of the skill of the artist and the viewer can be amazed at the trickery.

  • Frank says:

    Do you think it would influence anyone to release it online?

    The academy voters will watch it anyway, right? Popularity would or wouldn’t matter?

  • Levautre says:

    This was… too beautiful…

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