MUTE ╳ Job, Joris & Marieke

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MUTE is a humorously grim short by studio Job, Joris & Marieke. Follow a townspeople stricken with the inexplicable hindrance of having no mouths, and the twisted (accidental) solution to their plight. Accompanied by the voice talent of Fresku.

More official info as follows:

“MUTE is an animated short about a world populated by people born without a mouth. When a gory accident leads to the discovery they are able to create their own mouth by cutting themselves, this releases an enthusiastic chain reaction among the population…


This 4 minute cgi short has been created by Job, Joris & Marieke, a Dutch studio for animation, illustration, character design and music. In 2011 Job, Joris & Marieke made the music video ‘I’ll take you along’ for Dutch rapper Gers Pardoel which has been viewed over 15 million times. The music was made by Happy Camper, and all voices were done by Fresku!


MUTE premiered at the Dutch Film Festival in the Golden Calf competition and was screened at the Anim’est festival in Bucarest. More festival news can be found on the MUTE website.




You’ve guessed right! There are indeed three people in Job, Joris & Marieke; Job Roggeveen (1979), Joris Oprins (1980) and Marieke Blaauw (1979).


We met during our study at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. Job studied graphic design and Joris and Marieke studied product design. In 2007 we founded our studio in Utrecht.


When we start a project we always work together on the concept and the design. When we’ve decided which technique to use, we divide the work. It’s an organic process in which we all have a share. Roughly speaking; Joris and Marieke work on the animation and storytelling and Job works on the illustrations and music. This allows us to work fast and efficient. And that’s how splendid things are made!”

Watch the fully embedded short down at the bottom of this page.

Art Blog - Job, Joris & Marieke - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Job, Joris & Marieke - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Job, Joris & Marieke - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Job, Joris & Marieke - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Job, Joris & Marieke - Empty Kingdom

Complete short film for MUTE.

MUTE teaser footage.

MUTE, 2013

Job, Joris & Marieke