Walt Disney Records’ single for Paperman is available digitally today (Amazon or iTunes) for just $0.99. Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,” “The Hangover” Part 1 & 2) composed the uplifting and light-hearted original music for the animated short film. “Paperman” is one of the ten films on the short list being considered for an Academy Award™ nomination.
“I tried to combine some traditional musical colors (like strings and harp) with more modern electronic elements in a way that felt sonically unique, while still evoking romance, longing, and a hint of magic,” said Beck. This was a great way to complement the mixture of old and new techniques in the animation.”
Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with “Paperman.” Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Paperman” pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction. The short makes its theatrical debut in front of “Wreck-It Ralph” on Nov. 2, 2012.
Beck described, “with no dialogue, and a black-and-white period setting, it was a great opportunity for music to shine and take center stage in the story-telling.”
Christophe Beck is an Emmy-winning composer who recently scored such comedic hits as “The Muppets,” “The Hangover” (Parts I and II), and “Tower Heist.” In addition to big comedies—like “RED,” “Due Date,” “Date Night”—Beck has staged the drama for films like “We Are Marshall,” “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” “Elektra,” “The Sentinel,” “Under the Tuscan Sun,” and indie films including “Year of the Dog,” “Phoebe in Wonderland,” “Saved!” and the award-winning documentary “Waiting for Superman.” Beck just recently finished the scores to Paramount Picture’s “The Guilt Trip” directed by Anne Fletcher starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, and the Universal comedy “Pitch Perfect.”
The Canadian composer played piano from the age of five, studied music at Yale, and attended the USC film-scoring program under composers like Jerry Goldsmith. He started composing in television, at the personal recommendation of Buddy Baker, and was soon writing for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (which led to an Emmy nomination). “I don’t tend to look under the hood too much,” Beck says about his process. “It’s really very instinctual, from-the-hip and, from an actual process point of view, improvisational.”