Both the characters motifs in the short film is for them to see each other again. At the beginning the only title used is of the title, ‘Paperman’ which is in a simple handwritten script. It is a cute situation in which one of the man’s papers fly into the woman’s face, later causing it to have a lipstick mark. The groundbreaking combination of techniques never overwhelms the film or the story, and whilst it possesses numerous moments of beauty during its slender running time it is the story that remains King. Amidst an old London clock shop, a small, quirky mantle clock comes to the aide of the store's more expensive clocks when a thief breaks in and threatens to steal them away. A poor young girl has a burning desire to find comfort and happiness in her life. The Train Station: This is where the two first meet. Following a chance encounter at a train station with a beautiful young woman, a New York office clerk is given a second chance at making a meet cute connection when he spies the same girl in the opposite skyscraper. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. A group of snooty birds roosting on a telephone wire get their just deserts when a goofy bird drops in. Whilst it is undoubtedly dazzling it is pleasing how unshowy it all is. The titles informing the audience of what crew members took part in the creation of the short film appear at the end in a classic style of pictures of the characters talking in a coffee shop beside it. An example of this is how after he sees the woman at the window, he quits his job that he obviously hates and therefore destroys the boring cycle of his mundane life. View production, box office, & company info. Use of sound: There is no dialogue in the short film. Around the titles there are also iconic little paper airplanes flying around. Geri sets up a chess game to play his greatest opponent - himself. Looking for some great streaming picks? Paperman is a beautifully animated short, brimming was charming little touches and a big unapologetic heart. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Sometimes all you need is six short minutes to make your day. It fills you with that wonder you felt when you watched amazing animation for the first time. Was this review helpful to you? No frame is wasted and in a mere six minutes you are whisked away by this sentimental gesture and the possibility of romantic discovery. Therefore paper become an icon in the short film and the characters relationships as it is the reason they have a relationship to begin with. (2012). The significance of the main title is its simplicity, as that is what the short film is, simple. A hungry sandpiper hatchling ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. The titles informing the audience of what crew members took part in the creation of the short film appear at the end in a classic style of pictures of the characters talking in a coffee shop beside it. Paperman is a beautifully animated short, brimming was charming little touches and a big unapologetic heart. Jan Eyeline match shot when she leaves: What is significant about this shot is that during the shot-reverse-shot, the audience do not realise that the woman has left and neither does the man. Although many would have seen this much talked about animated short film in front of the theatrical release of Wreck-It-Ralph, Disney have kindly put it on YouTube for those, like me, who originally missed it. Paperman is a rated G short film directed by John Kahrs and produced by Walt Disney. The audience then see the man go to his mundane job which he obviously does not enjoy, then suddenly he sees the woman across the road in the opposite building. Therefore the audience are likely to expect that the short film is romantic before knowing anything about the story line. Brief Summary about Paperman: Paperman is a 2012 black-and-white 3D hand-drawn/computer animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.It is directed by John Kahrs. ( Log Out /  It’s a film full of well observed and gentle humour that packs a well earned emotional punch by its close. Iconography: Paper itself becomes a sort of icon in this short story, firstly because of the title itself and then because of how the two characters meet. This is due to Disney being a large company and being a member of the Big Six. This enables the audience to know that it is extreamely likely that the two people will meet again and there will be a “disney style” happy ending. The audience automatically assume that it is the woman, which it is, and the events of him trying to get her attention then occur. Around the titles there are also iconic little paper airplanes flying around. Title: To me this seems like a very classic way in order to finish a short film, and I very much enjoy that Disney has not kept its usual motif of having ‘The End’ at the end of the short film, as it is just the beginning for these two characters relationship. The Mans Office: By the mans facial expressions whilst in this location, it becomes apparent to the audience that the man does not like his job and finds it extremely boring. It looks and feels like an elaborate daydream, and even features a story not unlike the wish- fulfillment fantasies that compose our most wonderful daydreams. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The other characters are also older than the protagonist which may mean that if the man had not met the woman, he would have been stuck in the same lifestyle forever. The Train Station: It appears like a circular narrative when the two people end up at the train station again. Directed by John Kahrs. So although it is circular which may be seen as repetitive (just like the man’s everyday life was life before he met the woman) the difference now is that they have met, as seen in the last two person frame shot in which they are looking at each other instead of the camera which is what they were doing in the first shot. Although no sound or color, this short film perfectly captures the beauty of love and fate. Coupled with Wreck-It Ralph, Disney’s Paperman is the latest animated short from the House that Mickey Built. Change ). 30, There is no “Hollywood craziness” in the short film ‘Paperman’, just two characters meeting. But their suspicions soon turn to curiosity, and they are delighted to find the joys of their budding friendship. © Letterboxd Limited. 15 of 23 people found this review helpful. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. An office worker meets the girl of his dreams and uses a fleet of paper airplanes to get her attention. Paperman Babies both human and beast are created up in the stratosphere, by the clouds themselves. However the story than becomes more optimistic when the planes begin to abruptly force the man towards the woman and one plane guides the woman to the man. Two person frame: This shot is one of the first and at that moment it seems very natural as it is simply two people waiting for a train facing the camera. The problem is, the food is buried in the sand where scary waves roll up. The short film also has characteristics of a comedy, as seen when the man is aggressively pushed by paper airplanes that then lead him to find the woman. 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. It ends with them having a coffee together. I definitely recalled feeling that feeling when I first saw Toy Story when I was 4.Wonderful short to play before Wreck-It Ralph (which plays more like a CRAZY, elaborate dream). Adam is using Letterboxd to share film reviews and lists with friends. Check out our picks for movies that (hopefully) won't keep you up at night. An animated short that 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. This may make the short films narrative appear circular as the shot type is also in the same location. It seems likely that going to this train station is part of the mans daily routine, which the woman effects massively as seen later on when he quits his job in order to find her. Although far from a sophisticated story few films, short or feature length, manage to convey their message with such grace, warmth and simplicity. With John Kahrs, Kari Wahlgren, Jack Goldenberg, Jeff Turley. However, the man seems to reject this mundane lifestyle when he refuses to do any work and instead tries to gain the attention of the woman. This plan does not work and the woman leaves the building, so the man runs out of his work in an attempt to find her on the street. He becomes extremely excited that he will be able to see her again and attempts to throw paper airplanes across to her in order to gain her attention. The volume of the music then rises as the man sees the woman again, which begins to drown out the sound of everyday diegetic sound. Enigma Codes: At the beginning, an enigma code forms when the audience are unsure on whether the two characters will ever see each other again, and if so how. Mickey, Minnie, Horace Horsecollar, and Clarabelle Cow go on a musical wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete tries to run them off the road. An office worker meets the girl of his dreams and uses a fleet of paper airplanes to get her attention. Inspiration Summary Cont. Due to the fact there is no dialogue in the short film, the audience are left wondering what there names may be and what their voices may be like. In Paperman, a beautifully animated short film, a guy and a girl experience meant to be love due to fateful and magical events. This makes the opening of the short film appear very friendly and sweet and a rhythm starts to build. Storyline: A man and a woman meet and have a cute encounter at a train station, but before the man has a chance to talk to the women she gets on her train. Add the first question. ( Log Out /  The effect of this is that we as an audience share the experience with the character of not seeing the woman leave, and have the same concern that the man may never see her again. Again he is unlucky until his discarded paper airplanes guide him towards her abruptly, and the woman follows a single airplane towards the man. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google privacy policy and terms of service apply. Its animation is breathtaking and you really have to watch it just to appreciate how great it is. Like Wreck-It Ralph, it's destined to be remember for a long, long time. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Desperate to keep warm, the girl lights the matches she sells, and envisions a very different life for herself in the fiery flames.