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Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Dave!My love of animation knows no bounds.

And while a part of me will always believe that the hand-drawn stuff will never be eclipsed as the ultimate expression of the art-form... there is no denying that the miraculous work being done by Pixar and others in the realm of computer animation bodes well for the future.

And then today I see that John Kahrs and Disney has come up with a way of making CG look very much like traditional hand-drawn animation with a beautiful and touching short film called Paperman...

Absolutely magical.

I've lost track of the number of times I've watched it.

No, it's not in the same league as a Hayao Miyazaki film. And I wouldn't say that it reaches the heights of Disney classics like Snow White and Jungle Book or even The Lion King and Lilo & Stitch. But the technology is young. And the results are mind-blowing. And there's no telling where this might lead...

Paperman Frame

My only worry being that this will be the final nail in the coffin for hand-drawn animation. And as great as this new technology might one day be, I think there will always be a place for putting a pencil to paper... then putting your heart into making something come to life, frame by frame...

Paperman Frame

Ones and zeroes has a hard time competing with that. But it's getting closer every day.

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  1. Oh!! That is just lovely!!

  2. joan says:

    I watched Beginners a few months ago and then asked my nephew, who works for MeringCarson, if he ever draws when working on a project. He said rarely but he just did a few days before. He said he misses that.

  3. bo says:

    I thought iTunes and the iPod would be the final nail in the coffin of vinyl, but there are still people out there dedicated to producing new records. There’s even a Record Store day.

    As beautiful as Paperman is – and I’ve watched it a bunch today, too – I think there will always be a place for hand-drawn animation. We may never have the raindrops on the pond from Snow White again, but I think handcrafted animation will be around for a while yet.

    Or at least there will always be a place for the Bad Monkey Cartoon Hour.

  4. bo says:

    Crap! I meant the rain drops in BAMBI, not Snow White.

  5. Sarah says:

    I loved the short. I watched it the other day and thought it was really cute.

    I didn’t know that it was computer generated though, I thought it was hand drawn. Interesting.

  6. Darci says:

    Thanks for this…is will be my Friday Fim for my 8th graders. A perfect example of story telling in a nutshell

  7. Sarkawt says:

    It’s really magical!

  8. George says:

    Great Short Film!

  9. Poppy says:

    That was very sweet, thank you for sharing.

  10. martymankins says:

    This was really well done. Love the story and the animation.

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