Kubo and the Two Strings (Trailer)

Kubo and the Two Strings (Trailer)

From LAIKA, the studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, comes another promising stop-motion movie. Kubo and the Two Strings is about a boy who goes on a quest to retrieve the armor of his father, who was the greatest samurai who ever lived.

Crafting Anomalisa

Crafting Anomalisa

A brief look at the making of the critically acclaimed stop-motion film Anomalisa. The crew made 1,261 faces and 1,000 props for the film. The final cut has 118,089 frames of handmade animation, and ended up taking three years to make.

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LEGO Captain America 3

LEGO Captain America 3

(Gore) Captain America fends off the Red Skull and his army of Nazi zombies. And then it gets much worse. YouTuber forrestfire101’s short film is one of the most complex and well-shot LEGO stop-motion animations you’ll ever see.

Speed Dating

Speed Dating

A woman who’s sick of being single tries out speed dating. But her desperation may have led her to a symposium of stereotypical jerks and freaks in Meghann Artes’ slapstick stop-motion short film.

Anomalisa (Trailer)

Anomalisa (Trailer)

A magical looking stop-motion animated film, written by enigmatic auteur Charlie Kaufman who co-directed the film with Duke Johnson, described as “a film about a man crippled by the mundanity of his life.” You may remember it from its Kickstarter campaign.

Imagination

Imagination

PermaGrin Films’ tribute to childhood is one of the most complex stop-motion/time-lapse videos ever. It was filmed over the course of one-and-a-half years and in various locations. We’re not fans of the Pure Imagination remix they used, but we can’t argue with the result.

Honda: Paper

Honda: Paper

Animator PES’ latest stop-motion film takes a different approach from his other shorts. This promo film, which shows Honda’s evolution, was created entirely from pieces of paper, each hand-illustrated, and arranged by a team of animators. BTS footage here.

Fantastic Mr. Blackalicious

Fantastic Mr. Blackalicious

Benjamin “Animal Robot” Roberts mashed up footage from Wes Anderson’s stop-motion classic Fantastic Mr. Fox with The Blowup by Blackalicious. The end result is a surprisingly perfect music video for the hip hop track.

Foxed!

Foxed!

James Stewart and Nev Bezaire’s wonderfully creepy and well executed stop-motion short follows a young girl who finds herself trapped inside the walls of her home, after being kidnapped by a group of evil foxes. Want more? It’s being made into a feature film.

Embroidered Animation

Embroidered Animation

Passover may be long since gone, but this stitched, stop-motion animation of Passover folk song Chad Gadya by Nina Paley and Theodore Gray was just too impressive to pass over. Buy the matzoh cover animation cells here.

Fabled Whiskers

Fabled Whiskers

Pete “Petey Boy” Simon created this whimsical stop-motion animation, in which his friend Tom Offer-Westort’s facial hair grows longer and longer as he makes his way through a magical book. Support Pete’s videos on Patreon.

Trailer

Trailer

(PG-13 language) Mascha Halberstad’s stop-motion animated short pokes fun at the overdone style of big budget Hollywood trailers, though in this case, there’s a slight mismatch between the hyperbole and the hero of the film.

Sony RX100 IV

Sony RX100 IV

The king of point-and-shoots returns with an even smaller body, thanks in part to its 20.1MP 1″ Exmos RS CMOS sensor. The RX100 Mk. IV can also shoot 4K video for up to 5min. at a time and full HD slow motion at up to 1000fps.

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Mussel Beach

Mussel Beach

Stop-motion master PES grills some mussels that he picked up from Muscle Beach. They’re really meaty, but we’re not sure if we’d want to eat them. A funny commercial for Lipton iced tea. What was the tea made of?!

Opiuo: Quack Fat

Opiuo: Quack Fat

Video artists Dropbear created the stop-motion animation for Opiuo’s electro-funk track Quack Fat using 240 audio cassettes, 5,600 feet of video tape, 108 floppy discs and an old Sony Walkman. The tapes and discs make good pixels.

LEGO_Adventure in the City

LEGO_Adventure in the City

A boy narrates what happens when a peaceful city is attacked by the dreaded Gray. Rogier Wieland’s awesome stop-motion short film for LEGO China keeps things fresh by constantly switching scales and perspectives.

Transformers Generation

Transformers Generation

Harris Loureiro spent six months making this stop-motion Transformers fan film, using nothing more than mech toys, cardboard, campy rock music and cartoon voice acting. Michael Bay could learn a thing or two from Harris.

Domino Etch-a-Sketch

Domino Etch-a-Sketch

Domino master FlippyCat uses his dominoes in a different way than normal, instead of just knocking them over, he uses stop-motion animation to make a gigantic working Etch-a-Sketch. Then he knocks them over.

LEGO Psycho

LEGO Psycho

Bricktease made this stop-motion LEGO recreation of the shower stabbing scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho. As a shot-for-shot remake, the tension is just as palpable as it was in the original movie.

The Boxtrolls End Credits Scene

The Boxtrolls End Credits Scene

Focus Features shares the final scene of The Boxtrolls, in which Richard Ayoade and Nick Frost’s characters unknowingly break the fourth wall, reminding us that stop-motion animation is incredibly tedious.

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Vibrations

Vibrations

Propadata Films created this stop-motion animation using over 10,000 hex nuts to paint a picture of manufacturing and the tools of industry. Though we can’t recommend using a flat-blade screwdriver on hex nuts.

Submarine Sandwich

Submarine Sandwich

Animator PES just released his latest stop-motion flick, and it’s a doozie. Submarine Sandwich is set in an old-fashioned deli, where lunch is made from just about anything other than actual food. We’ll have a football and cash, hold the slinkies.

Protect Ya Passwordz

Protect Ya Passwordz

MC SafeSearch wants to talk about taking care of our online passwords, but the music video isn’t exactly helping him. Collegehumor’s cheesy rap parody is a promotion for Stop Think Connect. Bobby Secrets, you a busta.

Construxon Time Again

Construxon Time Again

Stop-motion animator Adam Brown appropriately used the discontinued Construx building toys in the music video for Construxon Time Again, a song by synthwave artist Jacob 2-2 (an alias that may also be familiar to ’80s kids).

The Dancing Traffic Light

The Dancing Traffic Light

For many pedestrians, the don’t walk sign is merely a suggestion. Carmaker Smart found a way to make people stop. It set up motion capture booths where people danced, and turned them into eye-catching signs. Making of here.

Skeeball 3D Chalk Art

Skeeball 3D Chalk Art

We’ve seen several fun things from Chris Carlson, and the hits keep on coming, this time in the form of an anamorphic 3D painting of a SkeeBall game, with some fun time lapse and stop-motion.

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