Explorations in the Art of Stop-Motion Animation
December 29, 2004 2:23 PM   Subscribe

Stop-motion clips from some of Eastern Europe's greatest masters. From "DarkStrider, Explorations in the Art of Stop-Motion Animation".
posted by You Should See the Other Guy (12 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

The Phil Tippet interviews at the bottom (on Go-motion) are also interesting.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 2:29 PM on December 29, 2004


Also worth a look are the master of stop motion animation, Jan Svankmajer and his self-described proteges, The Brothers Quay.
posted by felix betachat at 2:35 PM on December 29, 2004

Those are awesome, thanks!
posted by swordfishtrombones at 2:38 PM on December 29, 2004

Links are dead. Boourns.
posted by diftb at 5:13 PM on December 29, 2004

we slashdotted it, i guess...they look great, and i second felix's recommendations.
posted by amberglow at 5:20 PM on December 29, 2004

Films from Jan Svankmajer and the Brothers Quay are available on DVD, I've rented some though Greencine.
posted by 445supermag at 6:55 PM on December 29, 2004

Man. Eastern Europeans are kinda fucked-up.
posted by neckro23 at 7:24 PM on December 29, 2004

These animators are my inspiration and the reason I'm into stop motion. Also, the link to Darstrider is a great resource, thank you.
posted by spaghetti at 10:17 PM on December 29, 2004

great stuff, and thanks for reminding me of The Brothers Quay. It's been a while and I'm hankerin for a new dvd :)
posted by poopy at 6:36 AM on December 30, 2004

Svankmajer's A Quiet Week in the House is one of my favorite pieces of film. Fascinating to see that it's just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks!
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 6:46 AM on December 30, 2004

Stunning. One of my favorite cartoons was 'Story of a Mole-rat' from Czech.

This also reminds me of a very popular Chinese stop motion film from late 70s, the hero of which, Afanti, was a wiseman figure from Uyghur folklore.
posted by of strange foe at 11:07 AM on December 30, 2004

How long before some of these are out of copyright? E.g. Jiri Trnka's masterpieces date from the '50s.

I'm thinking how few people get to see them nowadays, but how influential they could be if they could be freely shared around, and more people saw them.

Many of these you couldn't buy if you wanted to. There are some collections of Russian and Czech animation on DVD, but only Region 1 last time I checked. There are also extensive collections available in Japan, but without English subtitles.

I saw 'When the Leaves have Fallen from the Oak' in London about 6 years ago. Fantastic. It's just a short film, but it stuck in my memory.
posted by snarfois at 1:57 PM on December 30, 2004

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