Honda’s 70th Anniversary Unfolds in “Origami” – Stop-Motion Movie is an Amazing Tribute

By Steve & Tamami Laser; with Nahoko Osuka reporting from Japan

Have you ever tried to fold an origami fan, swan, or soccer ball? How long did it take? Imagine the task of creating a short film to celebrate Honda’s 70th anniversary where everything from motorcycles to cars, the Honda Jet, buildings, people and Asimo the robot is made of paper.

The film traces Honda’s 70-year history in a lighthearted fashion starting with the first product to carry the Honda name – the A-Type auxiliary bicycle engine, to the famous Super Cub motorcycle, to cars like the Honda Fit, an outboard boat engine, an agricultural tiller, Asimo, and finally the Honda Jet.

Take a look at Honda’s amazing “Origami” film that was produced the old-fashioned way with stop-motion photography. (video: Honda)

Honda says that Origami was completely filmed in stop-motion without the use of fancy techniques like computer graphics. It’s just paper, paper everywhere, including the backgrounds and the streets.

Explaining the story behind Origami, Honda says, “Origami gives form to the imagination. One piece of paper holds limitless possibilities. A crease is left after a fold. Every crease signifies Honda developing its technologies. Each Origami is made by hand, and animated by hand. Each frame is full of Honda’s passion.”

“The Making of Origami” video (above) highlights the production process for the stop-motion movie and the crew that worked long hours (from Aug. 16 to Sept. 9, 2018) in Japan. (video: Honda)

Honda says that from the beginning, the company has strived to realize its dreams, and “bring smiles to people. Honda will always believe in ‘The Power of Dreams.'”

We were surprised to see the scale of the props used in the film where some of the paper buildings, in the scene shown above, are taller than the production staff.

Soichiro Honda

“Do not fear failure by challenging, but failure by doing nothing,” said Soichiro Honda (above) founder of Honda Motor Co. Ltd. The company was formed on Sept. 24, 1948, in Hamamatsu-city, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan with 34 employees including Honda (shown above in 1988 at the company’s 40th anniversary). He was born on Nov. 17, 1906, in a village outside Hamamatsu. Honda passed away on Aug. 6, 1991 at the age of 84.

Today, the Honda company is a global powerhouse with reported worldwide sales (for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018) of 31.04 million units (19.49 million motorcycles, 5.29 million automobiles, and 6.26 million power products). In Oct. 2017, Honda celebrated the 100 million-unit global production milestone for the Super Cub series of motorcycles.

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