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Watch Paperman, the Animated Short that Premiered with Wreck-It Ralph

Paperman was nominated for the Best Animated Short Oscar, and now you can watch it in full, perfectly legally, from Disney’s YouTube channel. Cute!

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  • Jules.K.J

    I remember seeing
    this and I don’t think I did anything but roll my eyes at the cheesiness.

  • Ben Lundy

    My mom said to me a long time ago, “love is cheesy.” And when you think about it, it is. Made me loosen up a lot at the movies from that point on.

  • Emily Martin

    People are going crazy over this. The animation is great, I completely agree. But otherwise, I thought it was corny, and I was annoyed by how large the woman’s eyes were in comparison to the guy’s. Can animators please stop doing this?

  • Travis Fischer

    I was really into it right up until the paper airplanes became sentient… and pushy.

  • Kimberley T.

    I found it beyond ‘corny’ but insulting. The woman was trying to have a day at work/job interview/meeting, and some guy who saw her in passing (and is immediately smitten) was working to somehow disrupt this. I understand that we’ve been programmed to see this as cute as the man portrayed is shown to hate his job (an underdog of sorts?)… but blah.

  • ricincakes

    When I first saw this, I think I cringed the whole time. Something about it really annoyed me. Maybe it just seemed too predictable and formulaic–except for the paper planes coming alive which seemed a bit too random.

    Also I couldn’t stop thinking about how the girl looked like Ty Lee from Avatar: The Last Airbender.

  • Marty Shuman

    Not superb, but cute. Really reminded me of the “SIGNS” short from a few years back.

  • Devi Sage

    The animation is lovely, though I could do without more of that Mad Men 50′s styling and era designs in pop culture. It was not a great majestic and fantastic time for a myriad of reasons.

  • TKS

    Seriously, dude. She’s in an interview. Stahp.

  • Katherine

    Love this! I’m so glad you guys posted it. Didn’t get a chance to see Wralph and Disney shorts are one of my favourite things.

  • Anonymous

    I salute your mom’s wisdom. Count me in the enjoyment column. Quickly squelched my tired-grumpy “wtf?” at the paper airplanes getting all bullying. In my mind’s eye, I see Jimmy Stewart as Paperman. I like ye olde fashioned Jimmy Stewart movies. Mmmmm.

  • Anonymous

    I honestly was excited to see this but then quickly zoned out as this short dragged on. Not as good as the pixar shorts.

  • Joanna

    Guys, guys, we all know this stuff doesn’t happen in real life. That’s why they’re cartoons, and most people are smart enough to know the difference. You wouldn’t drop an anvil on someone in real life now would you?

  • jedi_penguin

    I thought this was utterly charming. Thanks for posting!

  • Ashe P. Samuels

    I loved this when I first saw it, but after taking a moment to do some thinking, his behavior is pretty aggravating. ‘Entitled to her attention’, ‘pushy’, ‘stalking’, are all criticisms I’ve seen lobbed at this, and as much as I adore the animation, these are things I can’t gloss over.


  • Ashe P. Samuels

    Ah, but it was for straight, cis, white men. Really, who else matters?

  • Betty Windsor

    To me, I just keep thinking…It’s PIXAR. I’m amazed that people can’t understand that. Good point Ben.

  • Rarity

    It’s Disney. All of their characters have large eyes and their movies are extremely corny. That’s what makes Disney…Disney. It’s unrealistic Disney magic. Deal with it.

  • Alerrison

    That was super cute. The animation is just ridiculously adorable. I think the best part for me was the people reacting to the sentient planes. There were some serious confused looks on those people.

  • Anonymous

    Yes yes all of this. ESPECIALLY irritated with the anatomical differences. :

  • Jerilyn Nighy

    Yeah, the time period my parents, and aunts and uncles grew up in should be shoved down the memory hole; their lives and experiences didn’t matter. They should’ve been born later. Anyhow, that is the 40′s you are seeing in Paperman, and “Mad Men” is set in the 60′s.

  • Ashe P. Samuels

    It’s just that it’s so cliche, right? Men are allowed a plethora of physical differences and quirks, while women are delegated to the Barbie fashion of ‘big eyes, petite features’. Over and over.

    Boring after a while.

  • Alana Boltz

    This exactly. Women really do look different from one another. Really. ;-)

  • TKS

    It’s not Pixar. It’s Disney. These are different studios. I understand the confusion, though. Wreck It Ralph was like a Pixar in that it was phenomenal, heartfelt, imaginative, and beautiful. Plus, they threw in the short after seeing Pixar’s success with them.

    Difference being Pixar’s are (usually) innovative and have an unique, interesting narrative. This one didn’t.

  • TKS

    See Wreck It Ralph. It is absolutely great. immediately made my top 5 Disney.

  • elala

    By this reasoning, every time period in history, including this one, is off-limits for use as artistic inspiration because people have been racist and sexist since the dawn of time.

  • James Gardiner

    Wait, I’m not suppose to be dropping anvils on people in real life?
    I, have to go right some wrongs.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t like the premise, and HATED the animation for the girl (by the way, why does he like her? She’s cute and kisses his paper. Gives meaning to his life. No other reason. Bluch) and his forcing his attention on her was annoying. Go downstairs, and wait like a decent person until her important interview is over.

    BUT when the airplanes came to life and causing come comic relief I did laugh. And she was happy to see him. It wasn’t one sided. Just a juvenile way of getting someones attention.

  • Laura Truxillo

    That was exactly what went through my head. Like, on one hand, yeah, it is kinda cute, and oh the wackiness and all the great animation and all, but…Dude. You are not entitled to her attention at whatever moment you decided to get it, Maybe the little papers knew that.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Yeah, guys never try to bug ladies at their places of business because they think said lady is cute.

  • Crystal Lynn

    I really liked Paperman. It seemed to capture
    some of that classic Disney magic, such as from 101 Dalamations and Cinderella. I enjoyed the choice to have the
    characters not talk, and the driving element was magical paper
    airplanes! I loved the animation style and the love story was quite

  • Joanna

    I’m not saying it doesn’t happen in real life per se. I’m saying in real life it’s somewhat inappropriate. In a cartoon it’s cute. Just how in real life dropping an anvil on someone is, well, dangerous. In a cartoon it’s funny. People can distinguish the difference.

  • Laura Truxillo

    People can distinguish the difference between cartoons and real life. But stories, especially repeated stories, are how we, as a society, learn how to behave in most situations. And stories like this (See that girl? She’s pretty. Go after her!) get told over and over and over and over andoverandoverandoverandover again, starting very early.

    No sane adult does something because they say it in a cartoon. But when this becomes the background hum of modern life, yeah, it has an effect.

  • Joanna

    And video games cause mass shootings. Gotcha.

  • Betty Windsor

    That’s exactly why I shouldn’t take muscle relaxers and get on the internet.

  • Ashe P. Samuels

    Who said anything about off-limits?

    Here’s the point my sarcasm didn’t get across: t’s not that these periods should not be touched upon, it’s that they are touched upon in very narrow, highly idealized ways, and quite often from the perspective of the privileged. It’s inaccurate as well as boring.