New Stop-Motion Anime by Domo-kun's Goda

Meet PLUG, the latest creation by Tsuneo Goda!


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Yes, the man behind the world-famous Domo-kun is back and at it again, with a new box-shaped mascot that is just as lovable. In dwarf.inc's new stop-motion series for Nissan's zero-emission campaign, we discover a delightful world known as "The Planet Zero", where PLUG and his friends wake up to new adventures every day.


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Named for exactly what he is, PLUG literally recharges while he sleeps, attaching his head to a power socket. When he is full of energy, he enjoys leisurely runs around the city in search of some fun.

Besides PLUG, we are introduced to his pet DOC, and his sweetheart, a nature-loving girl called eNEL. A cute, strong-willed girl, she brings him around the planet in search of new friends and exciting encounters.


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On their travels, they meet other quirky characters such as the giraffe-like PRAFFes, the giant TAIYO-SUN who sleeps in the sunlight, and even the dangerous LIION, a large black cat that attacks others for energy.


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So far, the series includes two 53-second prologues and a 12-minute video titled "PLUG, the New World", which will also be screened at Canada's Ottowa International Film Festival later in September.


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With its stunning sets, charming characters, and original, imaginative storyline, what's not to like? And to top it off for nature-lovers, the characters all run on clean energy, in support of a meaningful environmental cause.


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But the fun doesn’t stop here! Fans of the anime series can visit their interactive website, http://the-planet-zero.com. Here, we are invited to step into PLUG's shoes and explore his home planet.


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Once there, you are free to click around and discover various little treasures, from the stop-motion shorts and character introductions, to simple mini-games where you can try your hand at hopping between melting icebergs, or help TAIYO-SUN catch the sunshine for solar power.


Image from http://the-planet-zero.com/


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What's more, you can take a peek behind the scenes at this website by dwarf.inc - http://www.dwarf.co.jp/making/. Featuring exclusive video interviews with director-designer Goda, stop-motion animator Hirokazu Minegishi, and producer Noriko Matsumoto, it also hosts a gallery of the designs and storyboards behind the animation.


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That's not all! Those who love PLUG and his friends will be pleased to know that more content has yet to come on the Planet Zero website, so stay tuned!


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