Paperman won Best Animated Short Film at the 2013 Oscars.
Paperman is a 2012 black-and-white animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and directed by John Kahrs. The short blends traditional animation and computer animation.
The movie centers on an urban office worker finds that paper airplanes are instrumental in meeting a girl in ways he never expected.
Watch the animated short here:
Posted on YouTube during the height of Valentine's Day week, the short garnered 13.6 million views in just a few days — that's after a theatrical run with the popular Wreck-It Ralph — and suddenly made director John Kahrs arguably the next big thing in animation.
Kahrs used a hybrid of 2D and 3D animation techniques for Paperman, taking the hand-drawn line work and having it ride and move on top of the flat space of the screen.
His goal was to take the animation that was a big part of the Disney legacy and do it in a new way for the 21st century. "I had some very silly ideas about how that would happen, but some brilliant engineers and software designers at Disney figured it out," said Kahrs to USA Today.