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Check Out Disney’s Oscar-Nominated Short, “Paperboy”

Submitted by on January 31, 2013 – 9:43 am5 Comments

If you saw Wreck-It Ralph in theaters, you probably caught Disney’s whimsical short “Paperboy” before the movie. Depicting two retro New Yorkers brought together by magical paper airplanes (hey, it’s Disney), Paperboy is now nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short; and yesterday, Disney released it on YouTube.

“Paperboy” is not only an adorable little love story; it apparently represents some big breakthroughs for animation. Using a technique called “final line advection” and custom software, director John Karhs and team were able to blend CGI and hand-drawn images in completely new ways.

In a behind-the-scenes video, Karhs explains he wanted to better incorporate the consistency of CGI animation with the character of the “artist’s hand.” The software can help facilitate this by filling in frames amazingly accurately based just on a starting frame and ending frame drawn by the animator. In my opinion, Karhs and his team did a great job bringing together different techniques of animation.

The footage at the end offers great, side-by-side examples of how the final product is a combination of hand-drawn images and CGI.

What do you think? Does “Paperboy” deserve Oscar gold?

[via Mashable]


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