Studio 4°C Animates Google's 'Doodle Champion Island Games' Opening
posted on by Alex Mateo
Google announced on Friday the "Doodle Champion Island Games, a series of Olympics-themed minigames that will feature on the "Doodles" on the search engine's main page. Tokyo-based Studio 4°C animated the opening cinematic and designed the characters.
Google streamed a behind-the-scenes video, which includes insight about the project from Studio 4°C.
The staff for the animated videos include:
- Director, storyboard, character designer, key animation: Takahiro Tanaka
- CGI Director, compositor, editor: Masaya Inaba
- Art director, background: Hisako Akagi (Orange Co., Ltd.)
- Color stylist, color coordinator: Wakako Takahashi
- In-between supervisor: Hidemi Okusaka
- In-between: Miyu Nakazawa, Chiharu Haraguchi, REVOROOT, qIXIE Studio, Studio Hibari Osaka Studio, STUDIO GIMLET, STUDIO MASSKET, STUDIO・MOO, M.S.C, StudioL, OLM Asia
- Desital ink, paint: D-COLORS, Studio Step, DEFA, M.S.C, STUDIO MASSKET, jumondou
- Legal, coordinator: Ayumi Inoguchi
- Animation assistant producer: Sayuri Yoshiyama, Moruto Yamashita
- Animation producer: Tomoko Ogiwara
Qumu composed the music.
In the game, players join one of four color teams. They play as Lucky the calico in a 16-bit world, and compete in seven sport mini-games to defeat sport champions and obtain sacred scrolls. Players contribute to a real-time global leaderboard.
The Tokyo Olympics were originally scheduled for July 24 to August 9, 2020, followed by the Paralympics from August 25 to September 6. They were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and rescheduled to July 23 to August 8, 2021 and August 24 to September 5, 2021, respectively.
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