Remember how I posted about micro-moments in love and how (according to science) it’s possible to fall in love with a stranger? Well, Disney has an adorable Oscar-nominated short called Paperman that illustrates this point.
The six-minute piece revolves around a hapless, kinda schlumpy and definitely awkward young man and his brief encounter with a beautiful young woman on a train platform one weekday morning in the city. A piece of paper marked with her red lipstick entrances him all day, so when he happens to see the nameless woman he desires in an office building across from his, he attempts to get her attention by flying an astounding amount of paper airplanes to her.
Of course this doesn’t quite work out as planned and the rest of the short is full of that Disney magic we’ve all come to know and love. The above clip is just a smidgen of the short. The whole short had been up, but it’s nowhere to be found now. Guess you’ll have to wait until March 5th to check it out if you had not already when it comes out as part of the Wreck It Ralph Blu-Ray combo set.
Anywho, I think Paperman is brilliant and a lovely ode to those unexpected heart palpations that sometimes accompany that first glimpse of an intriguing stranger. Atlantic Cities writer Sara Johnson takes a more sour view of the short.
It’s a sweet story. But despite the happy ending, it leaves with the sense that without a deus ex machina intervention, missed connections in cities will remain as such. It’s a bit of tragedy in the love story.
There are lots of “missed connections” in densely populated areas such as Chicago and my beloved New York City, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Actually, I love that. It’s exciting to think that at any given moment you might run into someone and get that spark. I don’t think every “moment” has to end with a happily ever after. The spark itself is pretty awesome. Keeps life interesting.
I don’t know about you, but I adore my micro-moments in love.