Animation enthusiasts can dream of experiencing the joy of being a stop-motion animator and help adorable characters come to life. They will be able to find that out first-hand, at Netflix’s new Content Studio Pavilion at KidZania in Fukuoka, Japan from 31 July.
KidZania is an interactive city that combines inspiration, fun and learning through realistic career experiences. The Netflix-sponsored pavilion at KidZania immerses kids in the world of the upcoming Netflix series Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure, and enables them to explore the career of a stop-motion animator.
“We are pleased that by joining KidZania Fukuoka as a sponsor, children and their families living in Kyushu will be able to feel closer to Netflix and have the unique experience of seeing what it’s like to work at a production studio,” said Netflix Japan business development director Masato Shimo.
Kids aged three-to-15 will work together in teams of six to create an original story by placing the characters Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma in Nakasugi Land, and producing a short video using the same stop-motion technique seen in the Rilakkuma series.
Stop-motion is a film-making technique where objects are shifted slightly in each individually photographed frame. When the frames are played back quickly, the subjects of the film then appear to move fluidly.
As part of the hands-on experience at KidZania, the young participants will be able to see their finished video in its full glory on a big screen in the theater room.
New animated series Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure premieres worldwide on Netflix on 25 August. In the series, Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, Kaoru, and Kiiroitori visit a theme park that is about to close. There, they take part in many escapades and meet different characters over the course of this heart-warming eight-part series of 15-minute episodes.
Our KidZania Pavillion marks the first in-person experience for Netflix in Japan and is designed to give fans of Rillakuma an unforgettable encounter with the characters and stories they love. We hope to inspire a new generation of animation enthusiasts.