Watch Disney's Excellent Oscar-Nominated Animated Short 'Paperman'

Watch Disney's Animated Short Film Paperman
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

I just finished watching Adam and Dog, the last of the five Oscar-nominated animated short films I had not seen. Yesterday I watched Fresh Guacamole and Head Over Heel and after I post this article I'm going to give Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare" a second watch along with the following short film, Disney's Paperman, which I'm quite certain is going to be this year's Oscar-winning animated short film.

Disney is giving you a chance to watch the complete short online for free, accompanied with the following description:

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 the Oscar®-nominated short, "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.

If you haven't seen it yet, it's sweet, romantic and truly a great short film.

  • Bertram J. Krogh

    Saw this a few minutes ago, ComingSoon linked it :P I haven’t seen The Longest Daycare yet, can’t find it. I loved Adam & Dog and Fresh Guacamole, and I thought Head Over Heel was the best of the three. But Paperman is outstanding. The Animated Short Feature category has been one of my favorites for a few years now, last year’s winner The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is one of the best short films I have ever seen. Also, if you guys haven’t seen Le Maison de Petit Cubes, one of the previous winners in the category, it is heart wrenching as well.

  • Bradley

    This short film is fantastic. Saw it before "Wreck-it-Ralph" and loved it as much as the feature. Is there links available for the other animated shorts? Love to catch them before Feb 24th.

    • Brad Brevet

      They will be available on iTunes and various Video On Demand outlets on February 19. Click here for more details.

    • El Frostilico

      Most—if not all—of this year's nominated shorts will be screening in select cities throughout the world in the coming weeks, courtesy of the folks at ShortsHD. They will also be made available on iTunes (as well as other VOD providers) on February 19.

      You can go here —> for more info.

  • Colin

    Loved all the sweetness and innocence to it that Pixar often offers in their narratives. I could've done without the paper airplanes coming to life and chasing after the title character. Was a little too much of a fantasy for me personally. Very nice work regardless.

  • JN Films

    What a great short.

  • Dale

    Indeed romantic and very charming. I'm looking forward to seeing all the short film nominees this weekend at the Nuart here in L.A.

  • Cheetara

    This is exactly how Brad and I met.

  • David Gaillardetz

    I loved this one. I would rank them:
    1. Paperman
    2. Head Over Heels
    3. Adam & Dog
    4. Fresh Guacamole
    5. The Longest Daycare

  • Study Plus

    what it's all about? - two people falling in love; destiny.
    the good - It was very effective how the lipstick was in red, whilst everything else was in black and white. The kiss mark was the symbol of love!
    the bad - it could have had some dialogue
    worth seeing? - if you like stories about love, you will like this short film
    moral of the story - paper aeroplanes are useful!