Video: Lego Arcade

Video: Lego Arcade

Two of geekdom’s greatest loves unite in Michael Hickox’s Lego Arcade, a stop motion video using Lego pieces to recreate classic arcade games and set to the original sound effects.

Music Video: Little Bribes

Music Video: Little Bribes

It’s not the official video for Death Cab for Cutie’s “Little Bribes”, but this kickass video by Ross Ching should be; its a masterful blend of time lapse, stop motion, and live action tricks.

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Nintendo DSi Disassembly

Nintendo DSi Disassembly

The folks over at TechRestore have taken a stop motion sledgehammer to a Nintendo DSi, compiling over 1,000 images of Nintendo’s latest pride and joy in various states of undress.

The Coin

The Coin

Each Chinese New Year, a girl receives a lucky coin in one of her dumplings. After years of collecting the coins, she loses them and has an unsettling experience during her journey to a new land. Siqi Song’s stop-motion short is a beautifully-animated allegory about leaving home and adjusting to a new culture.

Oversleeping in 2050

Oversleeping in 2050

Animator omozoc loves to use stop-motion techniques to play with our expectations. In this clip, he imagines a future where breakfast, coffee, brushing your teeth, shaving your face, and getting dressed all happen with the push of a button. Toast even butters itself. Just don’t forget to push every button before you leave the house.

Evil Blood Book Trailer

Evil Blood Book Trailer

Rogier Wieland Studio created this captivating stop-motion promo clip for Trombosestichting, The Dutch Thrombosis Foundation, who is distributing a free e-book to help educate people about the dangers and warning signs of blood clots, wrapped up in the guise of a noir thriller.

LEGO in Real Life 5

LEGO in Real Life 5

BrickBros Productions is back with another episode of their stop-motion LEGO in Real Life series. This time, a man heads into the office only to find that everything around him is gradually turning into bricks. Was it all a dream, or is he stuck in the LEGO Matrix? The T.Rex game was a nice touch.

Brick-built Dragon Boat

Brick-built Dragon Boat

LEGO My LEGOs uses stop-motion to show off the assembly of a really cool Chinese dragon boat model, complete with mechanical oars. This impressive looking model isn’t actually a LEGO kit, but comes from a company called Xingbao. The 3325-piece kit is a veritable bargain at just $68 from Brick Me up Scottie.

LEGO Millennium Falcon Builds Itself

LEGO Millennium Falcon Builds Itself

If you’ve got enough money in the bank, you can always buy and build the LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series Millennium Falcon for yourself. Or you could just watch LEGO My LEGOs do it for you in this fun stop-motion video that makes it look like the 7,541-piece model assembled itself using The Force… or possibly midi-chlorians.

Large LEGO Pizza

Large LEGO Pizza

A while back, Bebop made a stop-motion animation of a pizza made of LEGO bricks. But what’s better than a LEGO pizza? An extra large LEGO pizza like the one in this delicious looking follow-up video. We’re just looking forward to all of the cold plastic leftovers tomorrow.

Rebooted

Rebooted

Phil is a skeleton. He quickly rose to fame on the big screen as a stop-motion superstar. Then, modern effects put him out of business. Michael Shanks’ (aka “timtimfed“) charming short film is a fun blend of live-action, animation, and VFX, and a loving tribute to the great Ray Harryhausen. Behind the scenes here.

Stick Match

Stick Match

William Crook’s 23-second animated clip might be short, but it’s an impressive and clever bit of stop-motion. The premise is simple, but effective: imitate the action of striking, lighting, and burning a match using nothing but a twig and some appropriately colorful leaves.

Paper Sheet Dance

Paper Sheet Dance

Blackhand typically uses his X-Acto knife to build stuff out of cardboard. But in this clip, he used his sharp hobby blade to cut out silhouettes from 1400 pieces of paper, transforming footage of a dancer’s moves into a stop-motion animation. Original video here.

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Second to None

Second to None

(Gore) Vincent Gallagher’s darkly comedic stop-motion short film tells the story of the two oldest men in the world, and the jealousy that erupts from the second-place winner, who will stop at nothing to claim the prize from his twin brother, born just seconds ahead of him.

Wes After Animation

Wes After Animation

(PG-13) Wes Anderson has always had a very precise and fastidious aesthetic. But after making Fantastic Mr. Fox, his style changed in ways that made his subsequent movies even more magical. The Discarded Image and Beyond The Frame teamed up to explore how his stop-motion learnings affected even Anderson’s live-action films.

Bort Sampson

Bort Sampson

LEGO builder Baron Julius von Brunk created this deranged stop-motion short which envisions an alternative universe version of The Simpsons, in which Bart, er Bort likes to sniff gasoline fumes and burn down lemon trees. Can Milhaus stop him before he destroys Sprungfeld?

Dual of the Dyad

Dual of the Dyad

Filmmaker and Star Wars fan Mason Drumm used stop-motion animation to recreate the pivotal lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren in The Rise of Skywalker. The 2 minute film includes some really great tricks, including confetti water splashes, and a rippling water machine. Behind the scenes story here.

Skiing at Home

Skiing at Home

Skier and filmmaker Philipp Klein was preparing to go on a trip to the mountains when shelter-in-place orders hit his country. But instead of complaining, he decided to do some freeride skiing right in his living room, with the help of some props and stop-motion to capture the snowy action.

The Exterminator

The Exterminator

Stop-motion animator Keshen presents an action-packed LEGO short. Watch as our protagonist minifig (who looks strikingly like The Stig) hacks his way into a mysterious building, and locates a high-value, artificially-intelligent bounty. The only trick, it wants desperately to annihilate him.

Max’s Journey to the Moon

Max’s Journey to the Moon

Tom Wrigglesworth and Matt Robinson of Wriggles and Robins created this fun stop-motion animation that tells the story of a boy’s action-packed journey to the moon, using pancakes as their medium. They cooked up about 600 pancakes to capture the action, though we’re not sure how many of those they ended up eating.

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Gadgets Deconstructed

Gadgets Deconstructed

Dina A. Amin loves to disassemble everyday items, and neatly arrange their components. In this clip, she turned this process into a stop-motion animation, deconstructing a Walkman, a phone, a hairdryer, and a camera. She also likes to play a game where you guess how many parts are inside before it’s disassembled.

How to Make Jewelry

How to Make Jewelry

Stop-motion animator Alex Unger of Guldies shared this brief, but well-executed test video in which he demonstrates how he gets jewels out of rocks. In this case, the jewels are simply beads you could buy at any craft store. If only it was this easy to extract precious gems in real life.

SIN – Maestro

SIN – Maestro

Animator Bebop usually makes silly, but well-executed stop-motion films about food. But this clip is a bit more esoteric and abstract than their typical work. That doesn’t make this short film starring a disembodied hand any less compelling. We’re not sure what it all means, but it’s a cool work of visual art.

The Silly Duck Wizard

The Silly Duck Wizard

There’s something about the craft that goes into stop-motion animation that makes it so special top us. In this short clip by Terry Ibele of Terrymation, we meet a goofy wizard who seems to only know how to cast a single spell. The character is brought to life wonderfully through the voice of fellow animator Davey Swatpaz.

Utopia

Utopia

It took animator Guldies over six months and 2500 still images to complete this weird and wild stop-motion short film, which introduces us to a strange human/frog creature who begets all kinds of shapes and objects, all made out of clay.

Paper Mario Bros.

Paper Mario Bros.

Fans of Nintendo’s classic 8-bit game will love this hand-drawn animation, which lovingly replicates World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. Kisaragi Hutae 6 combined paper cutouts and line drawings in his notebook to create this awesome little stop-motion short.

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