Though all of these images have already been released on the short’s official Facebook page, Walt Disney Animation Studios have provided us with hi-res versions of concept art from its upcoming short, Paperman. Although all descriptions for the art state that they’re concept art, going by filenames, three of the images are in fact from the color script for the film while one is titled ‘first look,’ and at full resolution, definitely appears as if it may be an actual still from short.
Introducing 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 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.
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Paperman will be making its world and North American debuts in June at the Annecy and LA Film Fests and will be shown before Wreck-It Ralph when it debuts in theaters on November 2, 2012.