Heavy Equipment

Named after a small pine tree in Japanese, Komatsu is an international heavy equipment manufacturer founded in 1921. Fabricating construction, mining, forestry and military equipment, Komatsu established itself as a global leader that pushes the bounds of innovation by employing cutting-edge technology to engineer some truly impressive machines. To highlight new features and build brand loyalty, they entrusted Zookeeper to create a number of animations to showcase their new products. 

Komatsu Dozer
Komatsy Construction Helmet Animation

Bouncy House

Komatsu needed an eye-stopping way to head up their new merchandise shop for their European division where they sell scale models, apparel and all sorts of fun gear. We imagined an actual physical shop with merchandise inside and clouds above, then built it in a 3D space using Blender and set it in motion with a dynamic, unforgettable bouncing-into-place action.

Precise Animations

Instead of a hard-to-manage video shoot, Komatsu wanted to create animations they could feature on their website and social platforms that would highlight their next-generation proprietary features, like intelligent Machine Control that enable its operators to improve productivity and efficiency. Animating a number of videos like the ones below, we had to be extremely precise in both the illustration of the exact machine details and in the animation of all movements, which had to faithfully replicate the construction equipment’s operation.

Custom Illustrations

Using photos and videos as reference, we created a slew of illustration of the heavy construction equipment. 

Komatsu Dumptruck Original Custom Illustration

Rolling into motion

After we illustrated each specific piece of heavy equipment, we took the illustrations into After Effects and put them in motion.

Komatsu Construction Dumptruck Animation

Social Stickers

Komatsu enlisted us to create a series of more than a dozen animated GIFs that would be used for text replies or posting anywhere on the internet—a great way to extend and personalize the Komatsu brand, and create fun interactions with customers. 

Komatsu Crawler Excavator Animation
Komatsu Sticker Animated GIF
Komatsu Mobile Crusher Animation

Technology in Motion

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their intelligent Machine Control technology, Komatsu called upon to create a promotional video using existing footage energized and weaved together with motion graphics. We also produced versions in Spanish, German and French for customers across Europe. 

Komatsu iMC Infographic

Infographic Poster

To go along with the video, we designed an infographic poster to promote the key technical features of the groundbreaking technology. 


Thank you and your team for the great work.

–David B., Komatsu

Excavator Animation