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  1. Pui Pui Molcar - Wikipedia

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    The series is aired as a two-minute-plus short animation segment on the children's variety program Kinder TV. Each short focuses on a world where people drive sentient vehicles that are hybrids between guinea pigsand motor vehicles. Though each episode's story varies, the core focus of the series focuses on the Molcars' antics and sometimes a bit of solving problems for their friends and their drivers. Episodes sometimes include parodies of famous movie genres for comedic effect.

    Tomoki Misato is a stop motion animator and director born in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from Musashino Art University in 2016. Though he made short films, he became famous in the animation industry when he directed the award-winning short My Little Goatin 2018, which he produced over a ten-year period. It was praised by critics for both its animation and story. As an upcoming director, he began working with Pui Pui Molcar after being approached by Noboru Sugiyama, the executive producer at Shin-Ei Animation in an offer with Bandai Namco Entertainment to produce a short animation series that would air as one of the segments in Kinder TV. His original plan was to create a 30-minute short film but decided to create an omnibus short series instead.According to Misato himself, the series' quirky design and animation as well as its premise came from an idea back in 2019. He recalled that "if the car were a cute guinea pig, will the frustrating events that occur while driving be solved?" H...

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    Pui Pui Molcar aired in TV Tokyo as one of the segments in the Children's Variety Program Kinder TV on January 5, 2021. Each two-minute episode is aired at 7:30 AM. Bandai Namco Entertainment streams the show officially in YouTube for free. Muse Communication also licensed the series outside Japan to be aired also in YouTube in South and Southeast Asian territories. Netflixis streaming the series in North America and other select territories excluding some parts of Asia starting March 25, 202...

    Film

    A compilation film titled Tobidase! Narase! Pui Pui Molcar(Japanese: とびだせ!ならせ! PUI PUI モルカー, Hepburn: Tobidase! Narase! PUI PUI Morukā, "Jump out! Break in! Pui Pui Cavy-Car")is scheduled to be released in theaters on July 22, 2021.

    Merchandise

    Within the series' airing, several merchandise tied to the series were announced. Eikoh announced the characters of the series will be released as part of the Mochikororin Plush Mascot line of mini plush toys on February 5, 2021. Good Smile Company announced a Nendoroid figure of Potato during Wonder Hobby 33. A virtual pet collaboration with Tamagotchi, the "Pui Pui Molcartchi", was announced for release in October 2021.

    Upon the series' release, it was received positively by both fans and critics in Japan. Naoki Ogi, an educational critic, stated, "Reading the story from music, movements, and facial expressions in an anime without dialogue stimulates the imagination of children. The message is not explained in words, but is good from an educational point of view." She also added, "The current COVID-19 pandemic may actually influence the series' rise in its popularity." Hakusai Kobayashi of Famitsu also praised the show for its animation and simple storyline saying "It has a high degree of perfection as an animation work. I'm guessing that's the reason the show has become popular." Kodansha's Japanese automotive magazine Best Carhas featured the series in a three-page article. Reception outside Japan is just as positive. Kara Dennison of Otaku USA magazine stated, "Pui Pui Molcar doesn’t involve any dialogue (at least so far): just squeaks. And what makes it accessible for little kids also makes it...

    Pui Pui Molcar (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
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