The New America

The New America

Nando Costa’s stop-motion animated short only has about 800 frames, but it took him over 2 years to finish it. That’s because each frame was laser engraved onto a solid block of maple. The score was recorded by World Gang.

It’s Paper

It’s Paper

The video may look like a stop-motion animation using cut paper models, but it’s actually 100% computer generated. Pingo van der Brinkloev made the amazingly convincing 3D graphics using Maxon’s Cinema 4D.

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Ballpoint Barber

Ballpoint Barber

Watch a man inside a photograph manipulate his hair, beard and moustache a la Wooly Willy in this excellent reverse stop-motion short by Peter Simon. The song is by Paul Otteson. Take a look behind the scenes here.

Nitro Warriors 2: Afterburner

Nitro Warriors 2: Afterburner

A follow-up to their earlier miniature action film, Vanguard Pictures helps us relive our youth with a stop-motion chase created with toy cars and trucks. Though a flying jet-powered car is a bit of a cheat in a chase, don’cha think?

Donkey Kong/Escher 3D Chalk Art

Donkey Kong/Escher 3D Chalk Art

While we still ponder how we managed to draw a cube that one time in art class sophomore year, Chris Carlson impresses with this 3D chalk art time lapse of Donkey Kong versus Escher; bonus stop-motion scene included.

Man Who Was Afraid of Falling

Man Who Was Afraid of Falling

After dropping his beloved flower pot, a man becomes paralyzed by his fear that he too will fall. A moving stop-motion animated short film by Joseph Wallace that reminds us to face our fears and not let them stop us from living.

Instagramimation

Instagramimation

Paul B. Cummings & Eriq Wities of Friends in Faux captured 1600 still images and assembled them into an clever “interactive” stop-motion animation on the screen of their smartphone. See how they did it here. (Thanks Nathan!)

The LEGO Movie (Teaser)

The LEGO Movie (Teaser)

Think Toy Story, but with only Minifigs. While we wish it were shot in stop-motion, it’s all CGI. But with Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman on board, we’ll still go see it.

Sticky Man

Sticky Man

Young Eduard Taberner started his Sticky Man stop-motion animation project two years ago at age 15, and recently completed it. We admire his dedication and enjoy the simplicity and humor in his handmade drawings. Bravo.

Plastic & Flashing Lights

Plastic & Flashing Lights

A man made of wire breakdances on a landscape filled with paper pop ups in this funky stop-motion video by Patator Prod. The song is Plastic & Flashing Lights by Professor Kliq.

The History of Typography

The History of Typography

A stop-motion animation about the origin and the pivotal developments in the field of typography. Ben Barrett-Forrest does a great job of explaining the differences and the rationale behind different typefaces.

Micro Mayhem!

Micro Mayhem!

(Gore) We don’t advocate the roadkill hood ornament aspect of this stop-motion chip, but we couldn’t resist the insane vehicular combat between the two tiny wheeled opponents in this animation by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. oo. oo.

World’s Smallest Movie

World’s Smallest Movie

Hardware giant IBM made the world’s tiniest animation using carbon monoxide molecules. The stop-motion short was made using 5,000 atoms and can only be seen when it’s magnified 100 million times. Watch the making-of here.

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Filth (Red Band Trailer)

Filth (Red Band Trailer)

(NSFW: you name it) James McAvoy plays a corrupt and scheming policeman who’s up for a promotion and will stop at nothing and no one to get what he wants, in Jon S. Baird’s Filth.

Post-it Note Arcade

Post-it Note Arcade

Michael Birken says he used 4,800 Post-it Notes to make 5,722 still images of retro gameplay footage to make this stop-motion film. It looks way too clean to our eyes, but however it was created, the end result is fun to watch.

Slow Derek

Slow Derek

Dan Ojari’s award-winning stop-motion animation about Derek, an office worker who has difficulty keeping up with the 1070mph speed of the Earth’s rotation beneath his feet.

Paper War

Paper War

A clever stop-motion short made by animation students from the Communication University of China. It would’ve scored a 10 in our books if not for its stereotypical (and unnecessary) plot.

Katachi

Katachi

An “everlasting chain of convulsing memories.” Such is the music video for Shugo Tokumaru’s song Katachi. Kijek/Adamski made the jaw-dropping stop-motion using about 2,000 pieces of PVC plates.

Super Mario Beads 3

Super Mario Beads 3

An amusing stop-motion animation by Marcus and Hannes Knutsson starring Mario as he makes his way through the real world. Created frame-by-frame using Perler beads. Watch parts one and two.

Quest for Energon

Quest for Energon

KRE-O has been making a series of amusing stop-motion short films featuring their Transformers toys, centering around the Decepticons stealing Energon, and the Autobots getting sweet revenge.

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Dropped

Dropped

Stop-motion animation is neat and all, but Vimeo user Greg Condon’s “drop-motion” animation is a groundbreaking technique. Or not. Though we really can’t figure out how he pulled off some of it.

Cadbury: Screme Eggs

Cadbury: Screme Eggs

Cadbury jumps on the zombie bandwagon with this hilarious stop-motion commercial clip called “Last Stand” for their special Halloween-edition Creme Eggs candy. Goo goo goo goo goo!

Time to Go

Time to Go

Seamus Spilsbury and the gang at Oh Yeah Wow created this painstakingly-animated stop-motion clip for Wax Tailor and Aloe Blacc, as a crocheted quadropus(?) makes its way through the city.

The Maker

The Maker

An award-winning stop-motion short by Christopher Kezelos, The Maker is about a creature racing against time to accomplish the most important task of his life. The score is Winter by Paul Halley.

Partir

Partir

Partir (“leaving”) is a tale of two inseparable characters told through hand-drawn stop-motion animation. The quote at the end reads,“Just now, I heard the heartbeat of a tiny raindrop.”

LEGO Houdini

LEGO Houdini

17-year-old LEGO-maniac Dylan Woodley (aka Insomniac’s) stop-motion video for Foster the People’s Houdini makes us wish all music videos were made with LEGO blocks and minifigs.

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