Product Review: Disney’s Paperman
The Walt Disney Animation Studio Oscar-nominated short, Paperman, recently came across my desk. Picture it (in my Sophia from the Golden Girls voice): I was sitting here on Valentine’s Day; single, alone, and relatively unaffected when I get an email from Rene. Disney would like us to get the word out about Paperman, their Oscar-nominated short. All the words were in red and that cute pic above was glaring at me. Ut oh. ”Here we go,” I thought. Just as I was rounding the corner to home (baseball term meaning things are almost over) I now have to review something 1) Disney, 2) Valentine’s Day, and 3) Oscar-nominated. ”Nooooooooo!” I knew my hardened heart would just melt, but as the Good Enough tough-cookie that I am, I forged on. And I’m so glad I did. Take a look.
This short film is classic Disney. I love the throw back to silent pictures, the meet cute, and, sadly, the boy-does-impossible-for-girl-of-his-dreams (who he just met) spirit. I can see why this film is nominated for an Oscar. USA Today quotes The Hollywood Reporter blogger, Scott Feinberg, as saying Paperman is a “beautiful story that moves children on one level and adults on another.” I’d like to add that my very small, in-house child reviewer concurs. We were both pretty wrapped up in the movie’s plot, silliness and outcome.
It’s a six-plus minute film so it goes fairly quickly. I’d suggest you take a peek. I don’t want to be accused of giving away too many spoilers as it goes so quickly any and all info are spoilers!
I’m not much for Oscars, but I will be pulling for John Kahrs and the Walt Disney Animation Studio’s, Paperman, even if they did trick me into once again believing in love on Valentine’s Day.
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Ella Rucker is the mother of one of the smartest, funniest two-year-olds she’s ever met. She is currently assistant to the head GEM which means hats-a-plenty including writing, editing, and producing for Good Enough Mother. An Ohio native implanted in NYC for the last 13 years, Ella has achieved one of her many dreams by writing. Her musings (she’s amused they’d be called “musings”) can be found at other places on the web so make sure you follow her on twitter @ellalaverne for all the information.