Walt Disney Animation Studio has had their upcoming short-film leaked. The leak known as Paperman is a very mysterious and ambiguous project as we are yet to receive an official announcement or details from Disney except the name, some hype from film makers and its rating thanks to a MPAA ratings bulletin which awarded the short film a G rating.
The mystery doesn’t stop there, it just begins as a bunch of film makers flock to the social scene via Twitter and personal blogs stating that they have seen the film and have nothing but incredible things to say about it. One of these film makers includes Pixar animator Catherine Hicks, check out her tweet below:
I saw Disney’s new short “Paperman” yesterday. I have never seen anything like it before. Absolutely incredible. Hard to describe.
— Catherine (@cathicks) February 10, 2012
Catherine then had a follow up tweet:
Another film makers opinion I stumbled across was from Patrick Osborne’s blog who is a key animator at Walt Disney Animation, he had a quote on the subject matter:
Quote: Patrick Osborne: December 29th 2011
We’re finishing up a rather exciting project at Disney in the next few weeks. It’s been keeping me pretty busy and away from this blog. The short is called Paperman. Directed by John Kahrs, the short will be running the festival circuit next year. We’re very proud of this one and can’t wait to show the world.
Upon further googling I came across an interesting article from animatie.blog.nl (A Dutch website) who had some information about what they personally found surrounding this mysterious short: (Google translation)
The short film was mostly very ingenious in the field of software and the simulation of 3D animation. The new technique is described as groundbreaking and would the motion capture technique wiped from the map.
Stitch Kingdom is saying sources have told animatie.blog.n that:
‘this Paperman thing uses a software and an approach to 3d animation that is truly a gamechanger. When people see this, anyone who uses Mo-Cap will look RIDICULOUS.’
Animatie.blog.nl is linking Paperman to a more ambitious feature length film from directors Ron Clements and John Musker (whose resume consists of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet and The Princess and the Frog) and it’s this connection that has my excitement and interest level of this little project increasing. These two directors are amazing at what they do (just re-read the films that they have directed together) and if their are starting to experiment with revolutionary animation techniques we could have another feature film worthy to be added into the ‘Disney Classics‘ hall of fame.
Check out the image below from the MPAA ratings bulletin announcing the film:
The final film maker has provided the most interesting information so far. Eric Daniels is an Oscar and Annie Award winning Disney animator and his contribution to the mystery included linking the Stitch Kingdom article mentioned above to his Facebook page stating that the upcoming Paperman short film is using technology that he helped create. The process that Eric Daniels is talking about is regarding his ‘Deep Canvas’ animation technique that he used for Disney’s Tarzan. This technique allows animators to paint the environment over a CG model, this will then allow the computer to track the images and re-create it as the camera moves through the 3D space. This process is what got Eric Daniels his Oscar in 2003 and an Annie Award in 1993 for technical achievements. Check out the video below describing the process and to get an idea of what to expect in Paperman.
Tarzan Deep Canvas Demo
Stay tuned for an official announcement, image or more leaked details.
- ESRB: G Rating
- The film was discovered by Bleeding Cool who did some snooping around the MPAA Rating website
- John Kahrs is directing Paperman and he formerly worked at Pixar. His most recent work includes the character animation of Rapunzel in Tangled
- Scott Watanabe is a Visual Development Artist on the film. He worked on Tangled and the upcoming feature film Wreck-It Ralph
- Kristina Reed is the producer and has worked on Treasure Planet, Shrek 2&3 and Kung Fu Panda
- The short will be composed by Christophe Beck who composed the most recent Disney film The Muppets
- The short to be played before Wreck-It Ralph is yet to be announced. Paperman could possibly be the film to play before it