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Alternative story lines and reviews for the Disney short film ‘Paperman’

Have you caught Paperman yet?  It’s a short, black and white, silent Disney animation about a couple who meet at a train station one morning.  Students at International House Santa Clara watched the film in class last week (on Valentine’s Day!) and followed this up with some writing about the movie which we thought we’d share with you here.

The first texts here are stories based on the first minute of the film.  Ana’s text, below, is an alternative plot for the story from the point when the male character realises the wonderful girl he’s just met has gone…

How can I find her?  How can I get to see her again?  All I have is this lipstick mark on a piece of paper.  I don’t have an address, a phone number or even a name to find her on facebook.  What can I do?

Hold on, I have an idea.  I could use the trace of her saliva from the lip marks on the paper!  My friend John has a chemistry laboratory and can help me trace her from her DNA!  I’m determined to find her…she’s the one!  My soul mate, my princess.

Now I’m here in the lab, waiting for the results.  It’s a waste of time looking for someone that I’ve only seem just once.  NO!  I have to be positive!

After 5 hours I finally have the results… Her name is Jennifer Aniston!  The name sounds familiar to me.  Now all I need to do is find her on facebook and I’ll invite her for lunch someday.  I’m so happy!

Joana’s story is next.  This version starts a little bit earlier – at the point when the girl steps onto the train.  Joana’s writing takes us into the thoughts of the young man as he wonders what to do…

Should I go after her?  Should I give up?  I know what to do!  I’ll take a picture of her now while she’s on the train and ask people if they know who she is.  But wait.  No, she wouldn’t like that.  She would be angry with me.  Oh God!  The train’s leaving.  She’s going away!  I’ll miss my chance!  Oh, I can’t see her any more… I’ve lost her.

Here I am, alone on the platform.  I can still smell her perfume.  How can I get to see her again?  Hold on!  I’ve got an idea.  I’ll find her.  You know how?  Today, on the eight o’clock news, I’ll interrupt the broadcast and say “Hi, it’s me… Paperman…if you’re the girl I saw today, you’ll know who I am… come to the station restaurant in one hour – I really need to talk to you.”

It’s the perfect plan!  But wait, there’s just one problem… if I break into the TV studio the security guard will probably throw me out.  Perhaps I’ll end up in hospital.  Will it work?

Next up, another version of the story from the point where our hero stands looking at the departing train.  Here’s Andre’s version with a cliffhanger, what do you think will happen at the end?

“How can I get to see her again?  I must find a way.  I know, I’ll call a friend who works at the newspaper.  He can write a report about the girl who kissed the flying piece of paper at Central Station.  He can put my phone number in the newspaper and I’ll meet her back here – the place we first met.”

The days passed.  Not a sign.  Not even a message.

He was constantly looking at his phone.  Every time a message or a call came through he thought “This is it!”

But it never was.

A few days later, as he was walking up the same station platform at seven in the morning on his way to work.  There she was, leaving the train.

His heart stopped for a second… it seemed like hours.

And last but not least, here’s Inês’ story which takes place a few days after the station scene…

How can I get to see her again?  That thought is still stuck in my mind, haunting me night and day.  Two days have already passed.  I’ve been walking the street trying to find her face in the crowds, knocking on doors in the hope that I’ll find her.

Why didn’t I act faster at the station?  I didn’t tell her anything because I didn’t want to ruin the moment.  If and when I find her I just want to tell her one thing:  “I don’t know you, but I’ll always be yours.”

I’m tired from running up and down every street in town, up and down stairs, round and round in circles but at the same time, I feel free, like a bird lifted from the floor.  It’s this sense of freedom that I get from experiencing this moment!  The thrill I get from knowing I might, at any moment, see her, find her and tell her how I feel.

Finally, some students decided to write a review of the film rather than work on the story.  Here are two reviews, first from Carolina and then from Andreia.  Warning, these reviews might contain a few spoilers if you haven’t seen the whole film yet.

This story, about a man who unexpectedly meets a girl at a train station, is quite beautiful.

I believe that anyone of any age would enjoy  it, even if they might not think it will appeal to them since it is silent, romantic and old-fashioned.  Personally, I enjoyed the idea of the papers bringing the two characters back together just because they were the things that made them meet in the first place.  I also liked the music which was especially important in bringing emotion to the film as it is otherwise a silent movie.  I have to admit that I didn’t think the ending was as good as it could have been because it didn’t really give the story a conclusion.  However, I believe that it was a nice idea because you can imagine what could possibly have happened next.

This isn’t really an animation to compare to others like Shrek or Up! just because those are funny and easy to watch movies.  I don’t think that dialogue would have made the film any better since the storyline wouldn’t be so interesting.

To sum up, I would recommend this film for its mix of a good plot and lovely music.

The story is about a boy trying to find a girl he met by chance at a train station.

If you are a fan of love stories, you should definitely see this film.  It’s the cutest love story I’ve ever seen – really sweet.  But, on the other hand, if you aren’t a fan, it might sound a bit lame.

For me, the movie turns out to be so romantic because of the silence and the beautiful soundtrack.  There’s no need for dialogue between the characters.

So, in short, Paperman is worth seeing if you’re a romantic person and, even if you’re not, you should still give it a go – it’s only 7 minutes long!


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Pop song rewrites for St Valentine’s Day – 4

Especially for you this Valentine’s Day, here are some more rewrites of pop songs with a romantic twist written by students at International House Santa Clara in February 2012.  Enjoy!

First up, is Mariana’s wonderful reworking of Perfect Two by Auburn…

Perfect Two by Mariana

You can be the police and I can be the thief
You can be the fork and I can be the knife
You can be the dictionary and I can be the word
You can be the chalk and I can be the board

You can be the watch and I can be the hours
You can be the fairy and I can be the flowers
You can be the bed and I can be the pillow
You can be the wall and I can be the window

Someone like you, I’d never seen
Boy you know, that your fate is with me
So baby ask me to marry
That is all I need

‘Cause you’re the orange to my tree
You’re the “Um” to my “brella”
You’re the water to my sea
And I want to be your Cinderella

And here’s the original that inspired Mariana’s rewrite:

Up next it’s a reworking of Adele’s Someone like you… (get your tissues ready, it’s a bit of a tear-jerker!)

On Valentine’s Day I have a present
I found the perfect one
And give it to you now
I heard that my nightmare came true
Guess you didn’t give me a thought
That I give to you your love
Why is it so important?
I love you all the time
Oh I want you
I hate to pass this day alone
So I have to cry and hide
I hope you’ll be with me
On this Valentine’s Day.

Here’s the original so you can sing along…

Coming up now on radio IH Santa Clara’s Valentine playlist, it’s Sofia’s rewrite of The one that got away by Katy Perry (“the one-o-one-o-one-one-o-one-o”)…

20 past midnight

When I woke up

I turn the light on

And looked at my phone

And then I realised

It was Valentine’s Day

Had no money for nothing

Even for a chocolate

I had to invent something special for you

Never thought that you wouldn’t want a gift…

With you I learned, we can’t see love

You have to feel it in your heart

With you I learned, we have to be loyal

So I don’t have to say it is Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day

On that day

I went to school

I ran to the field where you always are

But on that morning

You weren’t there

Someone said that you’d stayed at home

So I caught the bus to see your pretty face

And when I saw your face I jumped into your arms

It is, It is, It is Valentine’s Day…

I have no money to buy you a good car, no

Can’t stay away from you for too long, no

Now I say what you mean to me

You’re in my heart

Here’s the original…

Who said Mariah Carey was just for Christmas?  All I want for Christmas Valentine’s is you, lyrics by Carolina…

I don’t want a lot for Valentine’s
There is just one thing I need
I don’t care about flowers
That you might give to me

I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Valentine’s is…you

I don’t want a lot for Valentine’s
There is just one thing I need
And I don’t care at all for flowers
That you might give to me

I don’t need a lot of gifts
As proof of your love
You won’t make me happy with
With a chocolate on Valentine’s
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Valentine’s is…you
You Baby!

Oh I won’t ask for much this Valentine’s
I won’t even wish for letters
And I’m just gonna keep on waiting
Thinking that you will come

I won’t even think about
A big night on the town
I won’t even go to bed
Thinking of those roses that are red

Cause I just want you here tonight
Holding on to me tight
What more can I do?
Baby all I want for Valentine’s is…you

Oh all the lights are shining
So brightly everywhere
And the sound of passionate kisses
Grows everywhere

And everyone is kissing
I feel love in the air
And I have so much to share
So please bring me my baby

Oh I don’t want a lot for Valentine’s
This is all I’m asking for
I just want to see my baby
Standing right outside my door

Oh I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
Baby all I want for Valentine’s is…you

Here’s the original…

Right now, it’s Bruno time…here’s a Valentine’s version of Count on Me originally by Mr Mars but with new lyrics from Alexandra…

If you ever find yourself
Stuck in the middle of bad thoughts
I’ll cross your mind
To make you happy

And if you ever find yourself
Lost in the world
And you don’t know where
I’ll be the road
To bring you back

I’ll find out what I’m for
When you call me to help you in these moments

You can count on me
Like 1, 2, 3
I’ll be there
And I know when I need it
I can count on you
Like 4, 3, 2

And you’ll be there
Because that’s what friends are supposed to do

If you’re tossin’ and you’re turnin’
And you just can’t fall asleep
I’ll sing a song
Beside you

And if you ever forget
How much you really mean to me
Every day, I’ll remind you

You’ll always have my
Shoulder when you cry
I’ll never let you go
Never say goodbye
You can count on me
Like 1, 2, 3
And I’ll be there…

Next up, time to scream, it’s One Direction’s song One Thing rewritten as One Love by Mariana…

One Love

Something’s gotta be said now
‘cause I’m freaking out just to make you see
that I need you here with me now
‘cause you have one place in my heart

So get off, get off, get off my wave
and go into my heart instead
I don’t, I don’t, I don’t know what it is
but I need you with me
and you’ve got that one thing

Here they are…

So, that’s it, our Cupid’s countdown of Valentine’s Day musical delights comes to an end here.  We hope you’ve enjoyed them and have a very special Valentine’s Day.  Lots of love from everyone at International House Santa Clara.

P.S.  If you want more pop song rewrites, check out these:  A rewrite of Long Distance by Bruno Mars, Joana’s reinterpretation of The only exception by Paramore, and Vanessa’s Valentine-themed rewrite of We found love by Rhiana.

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