Minipato (Mobile Police Patlabor Minimum) Theatrical Shorts
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.
Minipato is not available to stream legally anywhere in English.
Maiden Japan are currently the only company in the world with English language physical home video rights to Minipato. Currently it is only available on the "Patlabor The Mobile Police: Complete Collection Special Edition" blu-ray box set, which also includes the Early Days OVA, TV series, New OVA series and all three anime films. The Maiden Japan blu-ray set is only available in the United States of America, and therefore will only work on region A blu-ray players. If you don't live in United States of America, check your blu-ray player's instruction manual to see if it will play them. Please see the English Language Movie Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications of this series in English.
Amazon Prime Japan is currently streaming Minipato in Japanese. Amazon Prime Japan's current streaming rights only include Japan.
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.
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