Kitten Mormitten
3D animation film, 10 minutes (Pilot episode)
Traditional and 360 video formats
Created with Unreal Engine
This is Kitten Mormitten
He is made from the old clothes by two kids - Gosha and Yulia, when they become tired of loosing they toys of each other in their common room.
That's how they decided that Mormitten would be their magical helper. And Mormitten took his job seriously.
Follow the adventures of a handmade puffy kitten in the magical world inside the old sofa and see how Mormitten brings back lost treasures under the pillow and fixes the relations between the siblings!

And here are Gosha (5 y.o) and Yulia (12 y.o.): they share common room and have to come to the terms with sharing the space together. But it is not always working according to the plan:
Every night Mormitten travels to the magical world under the pillow of the old sofa, goes through mysteries and adventures and brings back treasures to his creators!
But Mormitten is not alone in his adventures – he quickly finds his best friend – long lost dog Jojo, who served as a keychain-flashlight to Gosha until he lost her, and now she is the best tracker you could find in the whole "Under the pillow" universe!
We hope that you will enjoy the adventures of Kitten Mormitten and Jojo in our pilot episode and we'll be able to do a lot more together!
Formats of the project
We decided to create this project using
Unreal Engine, as it gives a better flexibility between various formats using the same assets and unverse, or better to say "Mormoverse" to create more ways of experience same stories for differenet audiences:
  • Animation film (Series pilot)
    Currently we are working on one 10 minutes episode for traditional media.
    Target Audience: Preschool, 3- to 5-year-olds
  • 360 degrees animation film
    Pilot episode of 360 animation would be made based on the story of the animation film, adapted to 360 format for VR headsets.
  • AR Book
    Using the same assets and AI instruments we are developing now, we are planning to release printed book with self-educative Kitten Mormitten and Jojo, who would help readers (kids) navigate through the story and solve puzzles, hidden in illustration to the main story.
  • Sewing Kit to create real Mormittens
    We encourage our viewers to sew their own kitten Mormittens, as well as
Timeline of the project
March 2019
Georgy Molodtsov and Belarus Studio "Feeling Digital" started to work on a pilot VR concept of the Storytelling VR Game "Under the pillow".
November 2021
By November 2021, pilot VR episode was pitched at:
Annecy Film Festival Digital Market;
NewImages XR Co-Production Market;
Cartoon 360 Animation Pitching;
Torino Short Film Market

it was nominated to:
Cannes XR - VeeR Future Award;
Stereopsia Crystal Owl Award;
and awarded with
Halo Award for the Best Art Game
January 2022
Development and Production of the short animation film in the Unreal Engine started, utilising the created assets and materials from the VR Game, but changing the look and feel of the characters and environment to fit the standarts of 3D Animation.
August 2023
After months of work and searchs for the best pipeline and workflow, animation fim "Kitten Mormitten" would be released in August 2023!
Where we are now
Currently the project is in production: we've recorder the narration, compose the music, created animatic and cinematic of the project as well as collected most of the assets and props needed for animation.
Unreal Engine is a helpful tool to shape the look and feel of the project on the early production and development stages: composition / pre-light and camera movements helps to compose the future film before you go into animation of the characters, which helps the creative team to find more interesting ways how to give a life to the characters and environment.
Creating the whole "decoration" in Unreal as a pre-production stage helps to visualise the world for all members of the remote team, as well as gives a huge push to render the final result as a 360 video animation, not only "framed" one.
Here are some work-in-progress moments (animatic/cinematic):
Story Origin
In 1993 Sergey Molodtsov, Russian journalist and father of two kids: Gosha and Yulia, wrote them a short fairy tale about the adventures of Kitten Mormitten. Sergey lived in another city back then and with the best he could do – his writing skills, he encouraged his kids to find a solutions to their everyday quarells. Kids were really inspired by the story and even sewed one themselves.

Seeing how the story influenced his own kids, he introduced kitten Mormitten to a much wider audience by giving him a page in a newspaper he worked in.

And soon thousands of kids were excited to share their own versions of the Mormitten's adventures, asked him advices, sent their drawings of the Mormitten and discussed topics about childhood and problems they face everyday - as they saw Mormitten as a friend, who can help them as well.
With this project we want to give the Mormitten a new life
We know that kids would love kitten Mormitten and his adventures, as well as the solutions he is trying to give to his kids, would give good hints to other children who are struggling to overcome obstacles in their life, but have no one to share their problems with!
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