Street Fighter’s Chun Li Spinning Bird Kicks the Can in Stop Motion Video

Street Fighter Chun Li Animist Stop Motion

YouTuber Kenta “Animist” Shinohara uploaded a new stop motion video starring Chun Li from Street Fighter. Animist uses his poseable figures, camera talents, and editing skills to bring lifeless objects to life. Additionally, he uploaded a making-of video showcasing the behind-the-scenes production.

In addition to rigs and figures, Animist also uses post-processing effects to add impact to the blows. Particularly, Chun Li’s classic special moves from the Street Fighter series like Spinning Bird Kick and Kikosho get some added flair. The creator’s meticulous attention to detail in the final cut is impressive. Not only does he faithfully reproduce poses straight from the games, but he also captures little details like the camera zooming out to keep fighters in frame when they jump. There is a comical twist ending that we don’t want to spoil, so check out the stop motion short for yourself below.

Animist also uploaded an equally detailed making-of video of the shoot. It covers everything from unboxing the Street Fighter Chun Li figure to capturing footage to editing and rendering the final cut. His blog post also details how he added post-processing effects like the flame animation using software tools. Figure enthusiasts and creators should not miss out on Animist sharing his techniques in the below video.

In addition to Chun Li, Animist has uploaded many stop motion shorts starring various Street Fighter characters. We were big fans of the Sakura and Ryu video, though his Kirby video is possibly his magnum opus.

Oni Dino
Oni Dino is a Japanese-English translator, localization editor, and podcaster. He has several video game credits and regularly translates columns from Masahiro Sakurai and Shigeru Miyamoto. When not knee-deep in a JRPG and wishing games had more environmental story-telling, he's attending industry events and interviewing creative auteurs to share their stories.