Saw "Wreck-It Ralph" this weekend, and liked it very much, but my soul was shattered by the preceding short, "Paperman." The technical achievement is staggering. It represents to me the greatest leap CG animation has taken since early Pixar. For so long innovators have struggled to make things more realistic, but Disney took a left turn. The precision and technical possibilities of CG combined combined with the hand-drawn aesthetic is something I was holding my breath for and didn't even know it until I saw this short. And I think its is so appropriate that it is a love story about paper. The paper is how the characters meet, the paper is the vehicle for overcoming the obstacle, and then the paper becomes self-aware and facilitates the happy ending. Given the subject matter and the aesthetic, am I nuts to think that this is also a love letter to paper itself? By the end of this short, I had tears in my eyes for so many reasons. Bravo, Disney. Now do this again, but as a feature.
(PS- I know these characters aren't named Jim and Pam, but... Dunder Mifflin is a paper company. Paper again! It's too perfect.)