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Motion Factory

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A behind the scenes look at the world of stop-frame animation. From sugar-cube men and wooden robots to the more traditional clay characters, discover them all and contribute to a real stop-frame animation at this interactive and fun exhibition. Enjoy! Parisianist.

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About this place

3 bis rue Papin,
 75003 Paris
Line 3/4 - Réaumur Sébastopol Line 3/11 - Arts et Métiers Line 4/8/9 - Strasbourg Saint Denis

Sunday : 12:00 pm - 18:00 pm
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Monday : Closed Tuesday : 14:00 pm - 22:00 pm Wednesday : 14:00 pm - 20:00 pm Thursday : 14:00 pm - 20:00 pm Friday : 14:00 pm - 20:00 pm Saturday : 14:00 pm - 20:00 pm Sunday : 12:00 pm - 18:00 pm

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Visiting the Gaîté Lyrique’s latest exhibition Motion Factory is like taking a break in the green room with the quirky stars of various animated films. But these aren’t just animations, these are stop-frame animations. From sugar-cube men and wooden robots to the more traditional clay characters, all of these are brought to life on-screen using the most advanced digital technologies. Visiting Motion Factory will not only give you a behind the scenes view of how these fascinating films are made, but you can even join in the creation process by participating in the film Motion Factory is creating as part of the exposition.


When you first enter the exhibit you are invited to watch a number of short videos (tear-jerker alert: the Bear & the Hare made me shed tears, it’s so adorable!). Then after watching you can step behind the screen to discover how these films were made. At each film’s station you can see a variety of interesting objects like original sketches, models, color palates, video interviews and more. You also realize that there are some professions that you never realized existed – like professional sugar cube movers. Who knew?

New Technologies

Motion Factory continues on the basement level where the majority of the exhibit is located. But don’t start thinking that this expo will get redundant. Stop-frame animation is no longer limited to clay, plasticine and textile. Materials such as sugar cubes, sand, wooden figures, human models and much more are combined with traditional stop-frame animation techniques and then animated even further with the digital technologies of today. You can watch old-school drawn cartoon characters walking through model forests, human models with faces that explode into sand and wooden robots that interact with digitally designed birds. The exposition even includes some recent well-known television campaigns such as Chipotle’s “Back from the Start” and Salvation Army’s “Shelter” by Johnny Kelly. 

Live Filming

Add “Stop-Frame Animator” to your resume by stopping by the live filming. Motion Factory is creating a video throughout their exhibition. You can join the professional of the day to move different clay figures bit by bit and add your own contribution to the film. Make sure to check out the table behind you, filled with the various creatures being used in the animation. 


Last stop: the video room where you can lounge on comfy low sofas and watch more stop-frame animations on the big screen. Hands-down, one of the best exhibitions this season and a must do with kids.

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