Paperman

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I love animation. Here’s one good Oscar-nominated reason why, courtesy of Disney studios.

Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he’s the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


9 Comments

  1. Rob Collins

    Wonderful! Watched this between worship services this morning. Honestly, I thought of my own wife and all the magical, miraculous occurrences that had to take place for me to find her.

  2. Nathaniel Miller

    A friend and I discussed this short after seeing it before Wreck-It Ralph (a great film in its own right). We were so enamored with it and mesmerized by it that we actually forgot why we came to the theater in the first place. When the Disney opening with the castle came up for Wreck-It Ralph, we were both felt like “Oh yeah, we came to see this.”

    That is the magic of this and many great animated shorts. Though its story is brief, we get totally lost in its world.

    Thanks for posting this!

  3. aimee

    Okay, so I don’t love animation.

    But I do love great animated shorts. The time constraints seem to bring out the best in storytelling.

    My almost 4 year old couldn’t stop giggling and our 8 year old boy, who has been making paper airplanes in the past few weeks before we watched it today, is now imagining that his skills might bring him a wife one day. Bring on the animation in short form.

  4. Michael Crosswhite

    This is the reason that I love the Rabbit Room:

    When I was a kid, I used to go out in the yard and play Ninja Turtles with my friends. No costumes. No real weapons to speak of, though, maybe a stick or something. We didn’t have some masks our parents bought at Wal-Mart. Nope. Just a good ol’ imagination. It was a blast. We had good guys and bad guys, plot twists and in the end, the good guy won.

    Yet, the older I get, the more tempted I am to no longer interpret the world in terms of light and dark, but in terms of real and unreal. The Rabbit Room reminds me that this is a sad reality of adulthood. It reminds me that I should fight that temptation. Even with this short, as the airplanes begin guiding the two towards each other, my adult brain said, “Ok, this just got crazy.” Yet, once again through imagination and creativity, I’m reminded that this world isn’t about real and unreal, but light and dark, good and evil. And that, a man dying on a cross and rising from the dead is pretty unreal, but it is the greatest light this world has ever seen.

    So thanks, Pete, for reminding me of that. I’m gonna go play Ninja Turtles now.

  5. Matthew Benefiel

    Paperman is awesome. I liked it when I saw it in theaters along with Reck it Ralph (which is also awesome). Sadly enough, nay proudly enough it made me tear up a little. I’m getting sappy these days. Getting married and having four kids seems to have that affect on me. But really, Paperman delivered a sweet message with no dialogue which is what makes it great, and it makes me think more and more that Disney swiped Paperman and Reck it Ralph from Pixar and gave them Brave instead.

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