Feb 9, 2016 | By Kira

The list of 3D printed, stop motion films is getting longer and better, and they have even started to generate major Oscar buzz. Charlie Kauffmann’s Anomalisa, which used 150 3D printed puppets and 1,261 3D printed faces, is currently nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, and LAIKA has already won Oscar for its pioneering use of 3D printing in films such as ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. While this latest 3D printed stop motion film probably won’t be up for an Academy Award (although, who knows?), we highly recommend you give it a watch.

Run Baby Run! is a 2:50 minute journey, following a 3D printed, stop-motion baby as it ‘runs’ from location to location around the world. We see the baby traverse a forest, a cemetery, a beach, a snow-covered landscape, bridges, the ocean, the small streets of Bremen, Germany, and even duck under Chicago’s famous Cloud Gate (or ‘The Bean’). It’s almost as fun to watch as it is to see just how many locations you can spot for yourself!

This soon-to-be-a-viral-hit-video was created by popular video creator and animator Eran Amir, who has received millions of views on YouTube, and is known for creating mind-boggling and highly entertaining short narrative films.

Of course, while amusing to watch, we can only imagine how painstaking it must have been for Amir to create. In a special ‘Making Of’ video (played over a child’s voice singing a lullaby, of course), we see him first designing, 3D printing, and then carefully post-processing a series of twenty half-adorable, half-creepy 3D printed babies, each in a predetermined running position. Powder bed fusion 3D printing allowed for a high level of detail and quality for each individual model. He then had to design and manufacture a special rig that would hold each 3D printed model in front of his camera lens.

Next up, he had to physically visit a whole range of geographic locations, from a beach, to a peaceful grove of palm trees, where he got to work on the stop-motion aspect, painstakingly taking one photo at a time of each 3D printed running baby figure before moving forward slightly, swapping out the model, and starting again.

The Making Of video also reveals a number of failed prints—eerily deformed 3D printed baby models, which I’m sure he had no trouble explaining to the garbage collectors or anything.

All-in-all, it’s one of the most bizarre, yet amusing 3D printed stop motion films we’ve ever seen. And while I have no idea what kind of message, if any, Amir was trying to communicate (That we are all born to run wild and free? That the Evian roller babies are making a comeback?) one definite takeaway is that with 3D printing technology, there is truly no limit to what you can imagine and create.



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Michael Tuttle wrote at 2/10/2016 6:09:10 PM:

Maybe put the baby's mount in it's back so it does not appear in the video. Still very cool!

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