Animation? I love it. Animation with an old-school feel? I really, really love it.

If you've been by this blog once or twice, you might know that I keep company with a very handsome and exceedingly imaginative cartoon writer and Disney man. Thus I think a lot about Disney, and Disneyland, and I find inspiration there for my own writing.

Oh. Here's one inspiration: I have The Wilfair Hotel's phone number in my head. The number is an homage to the phone number of the Carthay Circle Theatre, which is the real theatre where "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Fantasia" had their premieres.

Before it was torn down in the '60s, Carthay Circle was located not far from the corner occupied by the fictional Wilfair Hotel. Just a short walk, really. So the spirit of Carthay Circle, and its vital role in promoting fantasy, imagination, and love, is very much a part of the spirit of The Wilfair's real Los Angeles neighborhood, for me.

You could say that I fold the theatre's memory into The Wilfair's very DNA.

So, yes. I adore animation, very much, and I was quite taken with "Paperman," the short that appeared before "Wreck-It Ralph" in the fall.

Disney Animation posted it online last week. Hooray!

If you've read any of the Wilfair books, you will likely recognize a few elements your lady Alysia is rather enamored with. In no particular order they are: buildings, windows, neckties, romance, workplaces, rolled-up sleeves, wind, secret messages. And the overall vintage feel to a new work.

Cheers to Christophe Beck's optimistic score, too!

Do you have a favorite animated short? I politely demand you share at once, so we can all be made better for it.

(Favorite moment? The guy's "aw, c'mon!" look at 2:33. Laughing. Also love the sweet end credits.)


Ginny said...

LOVED Day & Night with Geri's Game and Boundin' right behind!

Caitlin said...

This was the best thing to happen to me all day.

I'm crying.

Wilfair Book said...

Ginny: "Day & Night" is the best! I remember seeing it on the big screen and thinking "is this even possible?" You sound like a very serious Pixar fan! We will have to discuss all one day at Trader Sam's. ;) (I was just there on Saturday and tried my first Hawaiian beer.)

Caitlin: Your comment makes me cry.

Erika said...

My favorite short of all time is this one:

It's called "Out of Sight" and it gets me everytime!

The husband came tearing into the room telling me I had to watch "Paperman" tonight so it was a special treat! How awesome is that short?? love, Love, LOVE

bess said...

I can't wait to watch this! I'm at work (shhh, don't tell them I'm commenting on the internet)

Favorite animated shorts include Wallace & Grommet - especially 'A Close Shave' and "The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore"

The first time I saw it, I was so touched that I burst into tears in front of a group of 5th graders. Not my finest hour but it was very moving for someone who has always loved and needed books in her life.

Wilfair Book said...

Erika: That was absolutely beautiful and it got me as well. Definitely sharing with my husband. He will love it!

Bess: Holy cow -- that amazing little film is from none other than William Joyce! What? How did I not know about it? Thank you so much. It's gorgeous and tear-summoning, too.

Let's have a whole post about Wallace and Gromit. Sound good? Because I have many things to say. "The Wrong Trousers" kind of changed the course of my brain development, in a very positive way.

Erika said...

Bess, that link was fantastic!

bess said...

Yay! So glad to share. "Morris Lessmore" was a big deal in North Louisiana when i was there because Moonbot Studios is in Shreveport. There aren't tons of things that make that part of the state notable so we really made the most of it.

Wilfair Book said...

It's my goal and each and every Halloween to have a yard that looks like Mr. Joyce's yard. I always come up short.

Chiara said...

I really loved La Luna. The scenery and themes are wonderful I think.

Wilfair Book said...

Ohhhhh, "La Luna"! The theater I saw it in was completely hushed. No one even wanted to cough or clear his throat.

Agree, the scenery and themes won me over, too. The soft, muted light of each star. Gah.

We should probably talk full-length animation soon. I know people here have Favorites, capital F.

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