This amazing movie Maru and Mari was created entirely by one high school student.
An incredibly realistic stop motion short video was released online last week by a very talented final-year high school student, Kiyotaka Mizukoshi. It took Mizukoshi 10 months to produce the “Maru and Mari” film, with five of those months dedicated to creating the miniature film sets and character pieces, and the other five months taken up with filming and editing the 4-minute movie. The stunning handcrafted figurines and movie sets look amazingly lifelike.
You can check out the film here:
Maru and Mari are two robots, with Maru being the blue boy robot, and Mari being the pink girl robot. Maru has been ordered by his teacher to stay behind after class because he received a score of “10 or less” on his test. Maru receives a message from Mari reminding him that they had arranged to meet at 5:30 p.m. after school and he is “late”. Maru then proceeds to devise hilarious ways of sneaking out of the classroom without his teacher noticing.
▼ You can see from this picture how small the sets were, despite looking so real.
撮影中〜！ 締め切りまであと1ヶ月☆ 『想定通り』終わりそうにないです笑 https://t.co/zgPliS4mlv—
Mozu (@rokubunnnoichi) September 30, 2016
The attention to detail in the film is stunning and you could be forgiven for thinking that the movie was filmed in a real classroom.
▼ Mizukoshi took his film set to his high school festival.
実は昨日今日と文化祭やってました！ 僕の制作ブースにもたくさんの方が遊びに来てくれて、驚いてくれたり、褒めてくれたり、色々お話したり、とても楽しかったです！この教室のセットは上野で開催される卒業制作展に展示する予定なのでお楽しみに… twitter.com/i/web/status/7…—
Mozu (@rokubunnnoichi) September 25, 2016
▼ The filming process.
今日は王様のブランチの取材を受けていました！放送はあさって土曜日の13時〜14時の間だそうです！「1/6サイズの教室」を使ってコマ撮りしている様子を詳しく紹介しています！もちろん他のジオラマも出ますよ！ 絶対見てね！！笑 https://t.co/WJMEFGdRec—
Mozu (@rokubunnnoichi) August 04, 2016
Here is what people have been saying about Maru and Mari online:
“It doesn’t even look like stop motion – this is an incredible production!”
“You’re just a genius”
“The movements in the video are too smooth”
“I thought it was CG!”
“The detail in the classroom objects are fantastic”
Mizukoshi had previously won a TBS film festival award for a 2-minute stop motion movie entitled Out Of Order using the same Maru character. You can check out Out Of Order here:
With so much talent, we hope the creative 18 year-old creator of these stop motion projects gets to one day work for Aardman animation studio, which he says is his ultimate goal.
If you liked Maru and Mari and want to see some more good-looking stop motion videos, you might want to take a look at this video of the girls from idol anime Love Live! or this clip of Shibuya’s famous scramble crossing. The tiny details are absolutely mesmerising!