If you happened to catch Walt Disney Pictures’ fantastic Wreck-It-Ralph in theaters last year, chances are you recall the animated short Paperman that played before the movie. The story of a lonely office drone who attempts to use paper airplanes to catch the attention of his crush, the poignant, charming short film was perhaps most notable for its unique style, which combined elements of computer and hand-drawn animation.
Paperman went on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Short that year and director John Kahrs was expected to develop a full-length feature for Disney. Now, according to the “unofficial” Disney Animation Twitter page, Kahrs has unexpectedly left the studio. Details of his departure have currently not been made available.
This is far from the first Disney-related shake-up as of late. Last week, it was announced that renowned animation filmmaker Bob Peterson (Up) was removed from the upcoming Pixar feature The Good Dinosaur, with a Pixar brain trust (including John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Mark Andrews and Pete Sohn) working on the film in the interim.
For those curious, you can watch the entire Paperman short below.