Amazing Stop Motion Video Made with a Desk Toy and Google Street View

Address Is Approximate is a beautiful and creative stop-motion video by Tom Jenkins of Theory Films. Here’s the one-sentence synopsis:

A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View.

No CGI was used — all the animation you see in the video was done by hand and captured on a still photograph using a Canon 5D Mark II!

  • Anonymous

    Google should add a ‘view as movie’ feature to Maps, a simulation of an upcoming roadtrip.
    I believe they were working on such a feature with sattelite/3D view?
    I’d like a streetview version like this, very nicely done Tom Jenkins!

  • Adam Robinson


  • directorspence

    Like the idea, but it was mostly live action with some stop motion.

  • Jack Welsch

    Wow! Awesome short, Tom — nicely done!

  • Flgraphics

    the best use of stop motion I have ever seen. huge props to Tom!! love this

  • Ren Bostelaar

    I like this, but I’m really skeptical that what we’re seeing on-screen is really Google Street View. A bit of it is, sure, but the majority of it is plainly video.

  • Havard Fandrem

    Any proof, professor?

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  • Tran-Shawn Yu

    I’m quite sure its not street view… street view jumps from point to point, what the video showed was actual video footage. 

    That said, I don’t think the description is technical fact, rather the “story” of the video.  It seems to me the video was made with stop motion scenes with edited in video displayed on the imac. 

    I still really enjoyed the video, well done!

  • Austin Taylor

    This is wonderful! Just too short – I could watch for much longer but I fully appreciate the many hours that must have gone into this!

  • Marty Pouwelse

    The title for this article is misleading. It’s outlining the synopsis for the film, rather than describing the method in which it was made. Regardless, the film is quite gorgeous!

  • Aus_Guy

    Amazing Stop Motion Video Made with a Desk Toy and Google Street View’Nop, seems pretty accurate actually.

  • Richard H.


  • Nelson García

    Award worthy… definitely.

  • Anonymous

    Nope. I think the street view was twixor-ed, you can see the artifacts, especially to the sides.

  • PedroStephano

    Sheesh A work of art gets picked apart. Just enoy it for gawdsake people. It’s wonderful

  • Christine Turner

    The little toy really came to life!  Loved this video!

  • Steven Blackwood

    Most excellent. Firsy saw this linked to at Gizmodo. Funny and moving. Toy Story in miniature.

  • val escobar

    Im betting many of the, “ya but..” comments come from people lacking true vision. Filled only with so called techno bits. Therefore, for them, it will be long time coming for any real photogenic art, perhaps.

  • Thex

    Don’t care if it was street view or not. It works, and is just brilliant. Kinda makes me want to be the little guy, and make my escape………. 

  • Paul RG Haley

    Very enjoyable and really don’t care how it was made – just glad someone had the thought process to do it.  Well done.

  • Ianws

    Only wish I had done this little stop/start motion story of the dreams of a desk toy – brought a warm smile to my face – the music chosen added to the experience – liked it so much bought the album – thanks Tom :)

  • Eric West

    Very cool.  Street View or not, it was very well done stop motion.

  • Marius Gherghe

    The music is fantastic!

  • Makayla

    Made me feel. Idk, very nice!