Interest Domo's Goda Makes Plug Stop-Motion Anime
posted on 2011-08-26 17:15 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Tsuneo Goda, the creator of the internationally known mascot character Domo-kun (Domo), is working with Nissan Motors to create a series of stop-motion anime shorts based on a mascot character PLUG (pictured at right). The shorts are a part of Nissan's "The Planet Zero" project, which aims to provide information about electric vehicles. The shorts' title character has a plug for a head and represents a zero-emission world.
The Planet Zero website is currently streaming three stop-motion shorts: including two 53-second prologue shorts and a 12-minute "PLUG, the New World" video, which will also be screened at Canada's Ottowa International Film Festival in September.
The Japanese stop-motion animation studio dwarf inc. has also created a website with video interviews with Goda, who designed the PLUG characters and directed the shorts, stop-motion animator Hirokazu Minegishi, and producer Noriko Matsumoto. The website also provides information about the making of the PLUG shorts. The website is available in both English and Japanese, and all interview videos have English subtitles.
Goda created Domo-kun as the mascot for the Japanese public broadcaster NHK, and he oversaw the stop-motion shorts that dwarf inc. animated. Goda's other works include the Komaneko film. Goda appeared at San Diego Comic-Con in July.
Image © Nissan/dwarf inc.