Paperman (2012)

This is a sweet short from Disney that I really liked – a perfectly simple story about trying to find someone after a chance meeting.

Paper links the two characters, and it’s both a tool and an impediment for a main character on his search. There’s lots of unity between that and the colour scheme, and the little touches of red are great of course.

There’s always a part of me that has a feeling that a short is often going to be an exploration of a new visual technique, and that the story will come an at times distant second, but I didn’t feel that here.

And so if you have about 7 minutes up your sleeve and maybe want to see some nice CGI + 2D blends, great composition and a sweet story, then take a look at Paperman.

4 Stars

14 thoughts on “Paperman (2012)

      1. This is definitely one of my favourites. There’s another that I can’t remember what it was called but it followed a person through their life. I’ll let you know if I can find it.

        Also, don’t know if you’ve seen the music video for Shelter by Porter Robinson + Madeon – I have the video embedded on my site, but you can find it on Youtube if you prefer ( It’s six minutes long and simply incredible.

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        1. I just watched your recommendation on Youtube. Wow! Very cool! I totally want this to be a whole anime series. Though I think it would probably be one of those super pretty anime that makes everyone cry at the end.

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      1. Do I ever! I love animated shorts. The first one I would recommend is Sketchy Duel by BirdBox studio that one’s really funny, and then Oktapodi is also good, Le Royaume by Gobelins studio, oh and the Mariner’s Revenge Song is also really good!

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  1. Even though I’ve been vocal in my criticisms of Disney, this does look intriguing. Also, I did have random thoughts about what would happen if Yomiko Readman from Read or Die was in that situation. Haha!

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    1. 😀

      I think you’d like this but I know what you mean, it’s always disappointing that such a thoroughly crummy company (to put it mildly) has completed good things too – especially being such giants in the history of animation.

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      1. Yeah, I totally understand that. As much as I rag on Disney for so many things, I don’t bash every single thing they’ve done and it’s not just because I put Lilo & Stitch on my Deggans Rule Top 7 list. Hahaha! It might be something for me to check out, but I wouldn’t review it.

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