Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is out this weekend and that story picks up a full ten years after James Franco accidentally started the end of the world by trying to cure Alzheimer’s. Reportedly there isn’t much more than a pre-credits “the world ended” rundown in the movie but just in case you wanted some more info 20th Century Fox have teamed with Vice and Motherboard to bring you three short films set in the first, fifth, and tenth years of that decade.
These aren’t required viewing for the film but they are required viewing if you like film, I think.
The fine folks at Valve have done short films before –including a a whole series to introduce each class– but this is something a little different. The red team find out they only have a few days to live and this is how they decide to spend it. The film is called _Expiration Date_ and you should watch it.
Paperman is a Disney Animation short film that came out in theatres with Wreck It Ralph back in the fall. Now they’ve released it online for free, and here it is thanks to [Disney Animation Studios](http://www.youtube.com/disneyanimation):
What a great, sweet little film. The basic story is that a man meets a woman on his morning commute but they are separated before they can speak. He then notices her in the office across the street from his and spends the day trying to get her attention.
Trying to get the attention of the object of your affection is a situation that most of us have been in, but this is a pretty cute take. There’s no dialogue but everything is communicated gorgeously through body language and actions.
The mix of 2D and 3D animation techniques means that the whole things just flat out looks gorgeous too.
Paperman already won the Annie Award for best animated short and it’s nominated for an Oscar in the same category.