The smallest animated character in the world is designed with ULB researchers

The team of the Polytechnic School of Brussels (TIPs) participated in the realization of "Stardust Odyssey", a short animation film in stop-motion shot at the microscopic scale. The film presents the smallest volume character ever animated in stop-motion, 0.3 mm high.
This film is the fruit of the collaboration between the production house Darrowan Prod, the University of Franche-Comté and the Free University of Brussels and is a feat validated on November 13 by the Guinness World Records. The previous record was previously held by Nokia, with a figure of 10 mm high.
At this scale, it is impossible to have an articulated puppet. As a result, several hundred microscopic figurines were needed to break down the character's movements and bring him to life. They were printed with a 3D printer at the Free University of Brussels.
To film these tiny figurines image by image, the director had to resort to a scanning electron microscope used in Besançon within the FEMTO-ST Institute (CNRS, UFC, ENSMM, UTBM) of the University of Franche-Comté.
With "Stardust Odyssey", director Tibo Pinsard wanted to pay tribute to David Bowie, whom he considers a "polymorphous artist who has never stopped searching and innovating throughout his life."