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 According to Stitch Kingdom, Walt Disney Pictures has uploaded its Oscar nominated short Paperman to Youtube for free, legal viewing.

The short, which played in theaters before Wreck-it Ralph, uses a unique blend of traditional hand-drawn animation and CGI to tell the story of office workers George and Meg's first meeting. 

To watch the short, click here
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 This year was extremely fruitful for Disney, both financially and critically (even when one discounts the wild success of Marvel's The Avengers) as Pixar's Brave, Frankenweenie, and finally Wreck-it Ralph pulled in positive reviews from critics and cold, hard cash from audiences, with only Frankenweenie failing to make a profit. Wreck-it Ralph alone broke a Disney record, having brought the company its most successful opening weekend for any Animated Canon movie ever. 

Now, as 2012 wraps up, all three of Disney's newest animated movies are being honored with Annie Award nominations. All three films pulled in Best Animated Feature nominations and numerous others, earning Disney 27 separate nominations in total for film categories only, the most for any single studio. Dreamworks, which has hit a financial hard point with weak stock performance due to its projected $50 million loss for Rise of the Guardians, is in second place with 13 nominations including Best Animated Feature for Guardians.

Other competitors for Best Animated Feature include ParaNorman, Hotel Transylvania, Pirates! Band of Misfits, and GKIDS Studios' The Rabbi's Cat

Paperman, the short film that intricately blended traditional and CG animation and played before Wreck-it Ralph, has also been nominated for Best Animated Short

The Annie Awards also gives recognition for achievements in storyboarding, video games, television shows, and much more. In non-film categories, Disney has also received nominations including some for Motorcity, Tron: Uprising, and Gravity Falls.

For a complete list of Annie Award nominees for animated productions, please click here.

So tell me, what do you think of Disney's performance this year? Do you think 2013 will be better? On a side note, are you surprised that Rise of the Guardians is performing so poorly at the box office despite very good critical reviews? Did any of the nominations surprise you? Discuss, my pretties, discuss!

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