A lot of you really seemed to like Fastening Days, the YKK-produced anime shorts about children who use the power of zippers to make their hometown a better place. We asked YKK if any more were forthcoming. They don’t know at this point, but they did show us more cuteness: a stop-motion short called Zipper & Bears.
Produced in Japan and released earlier this year, Zipper & Bears is another story of helping others with zippers… but this time, our heroes are tiny knitted bears! A girl has fallen asleep with the window open, and the bears on her zip-up sweater come to life to try and keep her warm. It’s a tough job for a tiny bear, but they have a plan!
The short took 11 days to shoot and required 1,537 individual photos to bring the tiny bears to life. With the film being shown at 24 shots per second, a single day’s filming yielded about ten seconds of footage!
As for the bears themselves, there were 52 of them, all knitted especially for this shoot. Crew members had to move each little bear a tiny bit at a time between shots to create the stop-motion effects, and the bears were held up by wire rigs so they could march down their owner’s sweater.
If you want to learn more about the making of Zipper & Bears, check out the behind-the-scenes video!
Even though we may never get another installment of Fastening Days, it’s great to know that YKK is still making cute, fun films like this. Not only are they entertaining, but they also show that the company has real heart. Their message, regardless of format, seems to be a desire to enable others to help keep their loved ones safe and comfortable. And we’re definitely behind that.
What do you think of this new little short? Let us know in the comments!