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Minipato (Mobile Police Patlabor Minimum) Theatrical Shorts

Minipato Theatrical Poster

Released 30 March 2002 to 13 April 2002

Runtime: 14 mins (Episode 1),12 mins each (Episode 2 and 3)

Staff

Director: Kenji Kamiyama
Screenplay: Mamoru Oshii
Original Story: Masami Yuuki
Character Designs/Key Animation: Tetsuya Nishio
Original Story: Headgear
Art Director: Hiromasa Ogura
Music: Kenji Kawai
Production: Production I.G

A collection of three "super-deformed" theatrical shorts involving the characters of Patlabor. Over the course of three weeks one episode was released to theatres, playing before "WXIII Patlabor the movie 3". So essentially you had to pay three times to see all three shorts in the cinema. The animation was done using digital video of cardboard cut-out puppets on sticks. This was then transferred to a computer where backgrounds and additional animation and computer colouring was done. The animation and puppetry process was coined "flip-flop" animation by Mamoru Oshii who conceived the idea. Every time a character changes into a different pose, say from sitting down to standing up, the puppet flips over to reveal the next pose in the sequence. Mouth movements are animated in the same style using computer animation. Besides using cardboard cut outs, 2D and 3D computer animation, clay and photographs are used as well.

During the opening animation and through all three episodes, a caricature of Mamoru Oshii called "Oshii-dog" (a Basset Hound that looks like Oshii) appears. The yellow blimp from the second Patlabor film appears quite regularly in all three episodes. Cameos from Detective Matsui, Eiichi Hoba and a crow from the first Patlabor film, and Arakawa Shigeki from the second Patlabor film also appear in the opening credits. Director Kenji Kamiyama also directed the TV series "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex".

 

 

Availability
In English

Maiden Japan released “Minipato” only as an extra on the "Patlabor movie 3: WXIII" DVD and Blu-ray in the US. It is not available separately. The Maiden Japan DVDs and Blu-rays are only available in the US, and therefore will only work on DVD/Blu-ray players that are both NTSC compatible and will play region 1 DVD discs and region A Blu-ray discs. If you don't live in US, check your player's instruction manual to see if it will play the discs. Please see the English Language Movie Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications for this movie in English.

Title Format Catalogue Number
Patlabor movie 3: WXIII (US) NTSC DVD, Region 1, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MJ1946
Patlabor movie 3: WXIII (US) Blu-ray Disc, Region A, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MJ1956

 

In Japanese

"Minipato" is available in Japan from Bandai Visual on DVD. Unlike the Japanese version of "WXIII Patlabor the movie 3", the DVD does not come with English subtitles, nor an English dub. The DVD is only available in Japan, and therefore will only work on DVD players that are both NTSC compatible and will play region 2 discs. If you don't live in Japan, check your player's instruction manual to see if it will play the discs. Please see the Japanese Movie Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications for this movie.

Title Format Catalogue Number
Minipato NTSC DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue Only BCBA-1232

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