Today I went to go see “Wreck-It Ralph” at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.
The theater is historic and beautiful, and Disney really makes the whole show an experience, complete with song, dance, and a museum in the basement that featured props and stills from “Wreck-It Ralph”.
The movie was just ok.
It was fun to see a film about video games, and because I was a 90’s kid who grew up with video games like “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Street Fighter 2” it was welcome and enjoyable to see a film that touched upon my childhood memories.
But, overall, it was only an ok film, much closer to a “Shrek” film than a Pixar story.
However, before the movie was an animated short called “Paperman” that made me weep.
The animation was stunning and the story was simple and perfect.
I don’t know what it was exactly that made me cry so hard during “Paperman”.
The story is about a young man and young woman who meet on a train platform. It is in black and white (with a hint of red) and set in a highly stylized 1950’s New York City.
Perhaps it reminded me of my time in NYC, and of seeing beautiful girls at the train platform — making brief eye contact, shying away — and then watching them disappear back into the crowd.
Perhaps it was seeing a film that looks hand drawn. “Paperman” is CGI made to look like traditional animation, but it felt so much more real to me than standard CGI.
Perhaps it was just nice to see a story so well told.
Whatever it was, it floored me. Still now, many hours since leaving the theater, I am feeling emotional over this short film.
I can’t wait to see it again.