“Paperman” Director John Kahrs Joins Paramount to Direct “Shedd”

John Kahrs, who left Disney abruptly after winning the Oscar for Paperman, has landed at Paramount’s new animation group, where he will direct the feature Shedd.

Per Variety’s report, the concept is being kept under wraps for now, but newcomer Tripper Clancy has been tapped to write the script, which is based on an original idea from Paramount’s Film Group president Adam Goodman.

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Paramount Animation was set up in summer 2011, following the success of Rango, as well as testy contract negotiations with DreamWorks Animation over film distribution rights. When DreamWorks chose Fox over Paramount in 2012, Paramount’s animation division took on a renewed importance. The division won’t have its first title ready until February 2015 when it releases the second SpongeBob Squarepants feature.

Prior to directing Paperman, Kahrs had animated at Pixar on such films as A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. At Disney, in addition to directing Paperman, he served as animation supervisor on Tangled, and animated on Bolt, Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen.

No release date has been set for Shedd.


  • David Kang

    This is so cool! I am already excited for this!

  • http://tresportfolio.tumblr.com/ Tres Swygert

    Congratulations John Kahrs on your new leadership role – lookin’ to see you and your team do great stuff for this project!

  • Strong Enough

    Wow. I wonder what happened. First he was in charge of the future of Meander then all of a sudden he leaves. Now Disney is coming out with Moana in the style of Paperman in 2018. wtf?

  • Revy

    Congrats to John Kahrs taking on new creative challenges! That’s the way to do it, would love to work with him on a project one day.

    Somewhat related: I wonder what’s the latest on Doug Sweetland’s directorial efforts? Last I heard, he was at Sony doing The Familiar’s, but haven’t heard a peep about him in a while.

  • Dig

    That hot ginger is gonna kick out the jams! Go John!

  • Megan

    Really excited to see what Paramount can bring to the animated features game. I think that a little more competition has never hurt Disney or DW :)

  • Matt Jones

    I hope this is the eagerly awaited sequel to ‘Dredd’ ?

    • jonhanson

      It’s actually a prequel to House

  • Lucky Jim

    John Kahrs is a good dude. Couldn’t be happier for him.

  • George Comerci

    Sounds interesting! Too bad the concept is being kept under wraps, but it’s all the more intriguing :)

  • Roberto Severino

    Good. A bit of competition never hurt anyone.

  • Giganoto

    What could shed possibly be about? I really have no idea but, hey sounds cool :D