Jim Henson's colorful animation of jazz drummer Chico Hamilton's
piece, "Drums West".
Morph is a plasticine man
, star of many short animated films made for the BBC from the 1970s onwards by Aardman Animations
, who would later use the similar techniques for Wallace & Gromit.
A Kickstarter campaign
last year has paid for 12 new one minute episodes. [more inside]
) is "basically ... the story of Drake and Lil’ Wayne
[as told with an anthropomorphic banana, hot dog bun, and stick of butter]. ButterKrust is 100% based on Wayne – Nana Splits isn’t based on anyone real but his relationship to ButterKrust is based on Drake’s relationship to Lil’ Wayne. The most important thing I wanted to express in this video is the relationship between them, how tight they are and how much Nana Splits looks up to ButterKrust.
" That's the story from Julian Petschek
, who is studying at The California Institute of the Arts. [more inside]
- A Stop Motion Animated Short
. "The mechanical life form Ohm inhabits a bleak and devastated planet. The thousands of mechanical creatures of this world share a single cycle of energy. In this cycle, Ohm is a rogue element. His nature is to devour and absorb others. When one day a gargantuan foreign object appears in the skies. Drawn in by mysterious creatures of light, the Ohm tracks them across the planet, changing the known order of matter, time and space." [Via]
, an animated short film from Australia about the process of grieving and the lessons learned from adjusting to loss, made using stop-motion animation and recorded interviews with real people.
Jamestown Baloos (1957) [SLYT]
by Robert Breer [PDF]
) "is a frenetic, three-part stop-motion animation that features an army of everyday forms and figures — geometric shapes, a piece of string, newspaper clips, a pin-up girl, even Napoleon Bonaparte — flashing across the screen. Placed in increasingly compromised situations and choreographed to a jingoistic tune, the figures essentially become puppets of their former selves. Such unrelenting visuals recall not only Fernand Léger’s early experimental film, Ballet Mécanique
(1924), as Breer himself has mentioned, but also early twentieth-century Dadaist collage. Dada artists like Kurt Schwitters and Hannah Höch created witty, unapologetic works that reflected the chaos and violence of modern existence. Jamestown Baloos
serves, as their works did, as a pointed indictment on the absurdity of war."
Junk Head 1
- Start with the stop motion animation look of an old Tool video, add in a bit of that Jeunet/Caro style humanity and humor, weave in some Cronenberg-like WTF creatures, and wrap the whole thing in an interesting story, and you have yourself a very cool short from Yamiken Hori
It all started on Christmas Eve 1965
(Google books preview), as a cold and wet Michael Bond was doing some last minute shopping. He had missed a bus, and ducked inside a department store to get out of the sleet. It was there that he saw a small bear, all alone on a shelf. On a whim, he picked it up as a stocking stuffer for his wife. The couple named him after the Paddington railway station that was near where they lived at the time. A few months later, Bond turned to Paddington to break his writers block, and the Paddington books
were born. Paddington was turned into the UK's favorite animated character
thanks to the 56 five-minute long episodes and three longer specials
that were originally aired in the 1970s and 1980s, and are online in one form or another. [more inside]
Making Of The Bear and The Hare
- For the John Lewis Christmas advert Hornet/Blinkink directors Elliot Dear and Yves Geleyn took the two most traditional and time-honored animation processes – stop-motion and traditional hand-drawn 2D animation – and combined them to create something innovative and unique.
Every frame of "The New America"
was laser engraved into a block of maple then photographed.
While at Cal Arts, before blogs and websites freely shared content, as animation students we would watch short films in a dark cage like room called the Palace. Projected onto the wall we screened “rare” short films, on bulky ¾ inch video cassettes or on mystical DVDs that a teacher had brought in. Of all the shorts we watched in the dingy palace there was one that was etched in my brain as both brilliant and completely insane.
It was called “The Big Story,”
and it starred three stop motion versions of Kirk Douglas: one as the young up and coming hero, another as the star in his prime, and the third the wise but curmudgie old man. [more inside]
Today saw the release of the first trailer for The LEGO Movie
, and there are some interesting things to note about it. [more inside]
Eine murul / Breakfast on the Grass
is a stop-motion animation answering one of Art's most enduring mysteries: why are those people sitting like that? (SLVimeo, 4:30)
Journey Through A Melting Brain (The Stratacut of David Daniels)
David Daniels is the master of strata-cut animation
, "a form of clay animation in which a long bread-like "loaf" of clay, internally packed with varying imagery, is sliced into thin sheets, with the animation camera taking a frame of the end of the loaf for each cut, eventually revealing the movement of the internal images within.... [I]n strata-cut, you build your imagery not just in X, Y, and Z space, but also considering time as a dimension, and the most important one." Daniels' films
are mesmerizing explosions of color. In an interview with Art of the Title, he discusses the history of the process, his own trajectory, and how to make your own strata-cut animation
(in a video demo at the bottom of the page).
Frank Howarth's woodworking videos
are a joy to watch. Even if you know nothing about woodworking, the stop-motion animation he incorporates into them is a treat.
Dustincropsboy's first (and hopefully not last) stop-motion animated Lego film is a charming story of romance
. He also made a poster for it
Artmaking, a love story.
How viral I Have Your Heart
film brought two creators together from worlds away. [Different Kim Boekbinder video previously
The Eagleman Stag
is an award-winning stop motion animation film directed by Mikey Please with a striking visual aesthetic. The website for the film offers a "How It Was Made" video
that is, in itself, highly engaging, but comes with a warning: "BEFORE WATCHING THIS, WATCH THIS
. THEN ASK YOURSELF IF YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW." If that link puts you off "making of" media, then perhaps you can watch more of Please's work: Spectacular View
, Seven Legs
, Animation Tag Attack EP-10
, title sequence for The Rabbit Lover
, Picasso Pictures Christmas Card
, an animated short film that visualizes the nested scales of the physical universe (a la
the Powers of Ten
) using stop-motion-animated food. [more inside]
, a creative and delightfully disturbing animated advent calendar (some images possibly NSFW). Via.
Super Mario Beads 1 2 3
(mlyt) [more inside]
"Jan Švankmajer is a major figure of contemporary East European animation whose surrealistic, often macabre work owes more to the nightmarish visions of Kafka and Buñuel than to the sunny daydreams of Walt Disney and his creative progeny. Noted for investing otherwise ordinary objects with ominous overtones, Švankmajer reached his widest audience to date with a feature-length adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice" (1988) which blended animated and live-action footage--a technique he had earlier used to hair-raising effect in "Down to the Cellar" (1983).
" -- TMC
. Often credited with influencing the Brothers Quay, they hadn't actually seen his work until relatively late in their careers, as they mentioned in an introduction to their documentary on Švankmajer
(YT playlist). More of Švankmajer inside. [more inside]
Mysteries of Vernacular
is a series of delightful papercraft animations about etymology, by filmmaker Jessica Oreck
. Four of a projected 26 videos, one for each letter of the alphabet, have been completed so far: Assassin
, and Clue
: a short, stop-motion film by Hayley Morris. [via
In the official video for "Get By" by Delta Heavy,
animator Ian Robertson found new ways to 'play' with some familiar games (scroll down for entertaining Production Notes). Robertson's previous works include the stop-motion "Lyrical Spread" and "A Beard Film"
and the live-action "The Phone Box"
from imaginative independent Argentine animator Juan Pablo Zaramella
), a short film using pixilation
(stop motion using live actors) to tell a light
humorous story. via Colossal [more inside]
"An egg and an apple build competing broadcast towers that vie for the attention of a transistor radio." [Via]
Address is Approximate.
"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."
The book covers at Paris's famed Shakespeare and Company bookstore come to life in this stop-motion collaboration between director Spike Jonze and designer Olympia Le-Tan, Mourir Auprès De Toi
(To Die By Your Side). [more inside]
But a commercial featuring two of MetaFilter's favorite things: knitting and stop motion animation. Also, there's a cat. The making of
La parenthèse urbaine.
A stop-motion journey around an abandoned Paris railway line (SLV)
In September 1964, Jonny Quest
began what was to be its only broadcast season on ABC with this rousing opening sequence
(audio disabled). That sequence has now been recreated -- cut for cut, with the original music -- in high-definition stop-motion animation
. [more inside]
"These giant monsters of the past are seen to breathe, to live again, to move and battle as they did at the dawn of life!" The Ghost of Slumber Mountain
(1918), by Willis O'Brien
“Highbrow critics talk in ornate polysyllables about the ingenuity and art of the German filmmakers. If they condescended to witness the nonsensical genius of a Charley Bowers comedy they could drool dictionaries.” Educational Pictures Press Book for THERE IT IS, January 23, 1928
is a genius of silent film and animation that never got the level of attention of his peers Buster Keaton
or the Fleischer Brothers
. You'll have to search hard
to find him
in film literature
. But watching his work—as a bird lays a Ford Model T
or a scruffy ghost tortures a Scotsman and his insect sidekick
—you can see the inspiration for the later sight gags of Ernie Kovacs, the visual non sequiturs of Looney Toons, the cut paper trickery
of Terry Gilliam and surrealist Andre Breton citing one of Bowers' shorts as the most influential film of 1937. [more inside]
Sephiroth the World's Enemy [SLYT]
A Final Fantasy stop-motion video. Also: a behind the scenes look
at the toys & animation, involved.
Some early test shots
from legendary filmmaker and animator Ray Harryhausen's
unfinished film, Evolution
. [more inside]
(notes on) biology
, a short stop-motion animation (5.39) by ornana films, features a robot elephant. You have to wait a bit, but it's worth it. Stuff gets good at about 2.25.
, a lovely stop-motion film by animator Kirsten Lepore
[NSFW], explores a long-distance relationship fueled by communication via not-so-instant message. [Kirsten Lepore previously