Movie Thief

Movie Thief

Updated Jul 23, 2014 at 10:58AM EDT by Don.

Added Jul 20, 2014 at 04:01AM EDT by mona_jpn.

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About

Movie Thief (Japanese: 映画泥棒, Eiga Dorobo) is a nickname given to a Japanese anti-piracy mascot. Online, the camera-headed figure has been a popular subject for parodies and fan art.

Origin

In 2007, the “No More Movie Thief” (NO MORE 映画泥棒)[1] campaign against covert filming in movie theaters was launched by the “Let’s Go to the Movie Theater” Committee, an agency formed by Japanese movie industry organizations. In the anti-piracy video series, Movie Thief is depicted as a camera-headed man who attempts to film a movie screen while performing a dance. Starting in 2010 addition, Movie Thief ads began showing the mascot being arrested by a police man with a red patrol lamp on his head. While the mascot’s official name is Camera Man (カメラ男, Kamera Otoko), he became known as “Movie Thief” among viewers. In a similar vein, the antagonist is known as Police Man (警察官 or 警官) or Red Lamp Man (赤ランプ男), though his official name is Patrol Lamp Man (パトランプ男, Patorampu Otoko).



Spread

In 2010, a fandom for Movie Thief began flourishing online. Initially, Fujoshi female otakus created “Yaoi” (“boys’ love” in English) illustrations between Movie Theif and Patrol Lamp Man on pixiv[2] and Nico Nico Seiga.[3] On Nico Nico Douga (NND), many hand-drawn animations or Miku Miku Dance covers inspired by the anti-piracy ads have been uploaded.[4] Additionally, doujin comic books for Movie Thief has been published on Comiket since 2012. In 2013, the first annual Movie Thief-specific doujin event was held.



Cover Art of the 1st Doujin Anthology Comic

Official Merchandise

Initially, the “Let’s Go to the Movie Theater” Committee refused to make any merchandise with the Movie Thief character as he was created to be a villain in the anti-piracy campaign,[6] In January 2013, a Japanese dance performer O-ki[7] revealed his role as the mascot and performed the Movie Thief dance in during a lunchtime live TV program (shown below, left). In December of that year, the Japanese movie company TOEI began offering official partnerships for Movie Thief merchandise.[8] Under this license, figures[9], T-shirts and small toys[10] for Movie Thief have been released since February 2014 (shown below, right).




On July 1st, Movie Thief launched an official Twitter[11] account for a summer vacation movie season promotional campaign, which earned more than 90,000 followers in the first week.[12]

Notable Examples

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Left: Fullmetal Alchemist Opening Parody | Right: Ghost in the Shell Opening Parody

Left: X Shakes Cola | Right: Attack on Titan Opening Parody

Illustrations





Search Interest

External References

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[1]Wikipedia – NO MORE 映画泥棒 (Japanese)

[2]pixiv – Search results for the tag 映画泥棒

[3]Nico Nico Seiga – Search results for the tag 映画泥棒 (Japanese)

[4]niconico Douga – Search results for the tag 映画泥棒

[5]Official Site for “Movie Thief” Doujin Comic Event (Japanese)

[6]TOKYO Web – 東京新聞:劇場CM ビデオカメラ男 映画を盗撮 “悪の化身”:放送芸能 / 04-30-2010 (Internet Archive, Japanese)

[7]crank-in.net – 「映画泥棒」の中の人、正体が判明!「笑っていいとも!」でダンスTV初披露 / 01-28-2013 (Japanese)

[8]TOEI.co.jp – 「NO MORE映画泥棒」映画館でおなじみのキャラクターが、ライセンシー募集を開始! / Posted on 12-26-2013 (Japanese)

[9]Anime News Network – Anti-Piracy "NO MORE Movie Thief" Mascots Get Full-Scale, Posable Figures / 02-07-2014

[10]Laughing Squid – ‘No More Movie Thief’ Action Figures Based on a Strange Japanese Anti-Piracy Ad Campaign / 01-22-2014

[11]Twitter – 映画泥棒(ことカメラ男) (eigadorobo) / Launched on 07-01-2014 (Japanese)

[12]web R25 – 映画泥棒Twitterが大人気 / 07-03-2014 (Japanese)

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