John Kahrs developed the story on storyboards and wrote the original draft of Paperman. However, he admitted that the writing was really a collaborative process because he constantly received creative input from a “peer group of directors”. Lasseter, who served as an executive producer on the film, also made frequent contributions. The main character, George, was inspired by George Bailey from the film It’s A Wonderful Life (1946). According to Kahrs, Bailey, like George, “experiences the full gamut of life, from the highest highs to the lowest lows. He’s a real guy; he gets frustrated. He’s got dreams.