Disney has finally released Paperman, the directorial debut of John Kahrs, who was previously an animator on Tangled and Ratatouille. The short played before Wreck-It Ralph and was easily the best animated movie of the two. It’s a 2D animated short — nominated for an Oscar — that makes use of hand-drawn and CG techniques.
Director John Kahrs told Cartoon Brew that the origin of Paperman “really came out of working so much with Glen [Keane] on Tangled.” After looking at the work of Keane — a classic Disney animator who worked on The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast and Aladdin, among many other projects — Kahrs found himself with a new appreciation for traditional animation and drawing techniques. “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 answer was yes. It just required a technology that no one had actually created yet.
Disney has shared a series of short clips about the process, which I encourage you to check out if you’re into animation because the short is fairly ground-breaking in that regard. [via shortoftheweek]