Thursday, January 31, 2013

Disney's Paperman seamlessly blends 2D and 3D animation

Using 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 the Oscar®-nominated short, "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.

You can see the whole film at YouTube here:


  1. Love the short, my main issue with it is why go through all the trouble of making the short have a 2D look in 3D. Why not make it in 2D or 2D/3D hybrid?

  2. Could this be a step towards the turning point, where the technical medium become unimportant for animators

    So animators that work with Paper/TV-Paint/Maya or other, can work together. Using their prefered medium for animation and letting the software match up the different inputs to the desired output?

    I am very curious!!