Super Human

Super Human

Counter656 used their talents to create a stop-motion music video for Van Ness Wu, who comes to life in action figure form, taking down an army of papparazi action figures hellbent on capturing his image. The music isn’t exactly our cup of tea but the animation is top notch.

Woodswimmer

Woodswimmer

Brett Foxwell’s enthralling music video for Bedtimes‘ ambient track is a stop-motion short created from numerous photos of cross-sections of wood and tree limbs, as they are gradually sanded down. Individual photo prints from the film can be purchased on his website.

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Illusion of Choice 2

Illusion of Choice 2

(PG-13: Lyrics) Marquese Scott, BluPrint, iGlide, and AndreAndroiidRucker follow up their incredible dance video from 2012 with another sick set of robotic and slow-motion maneuvers. We want to see these guys in a dance-off with World Order.

G Active: Water Made Active

G Active: Water Made Active

Cole Paviour, James Medcraft, UNIT9, and Machine Shop teamed up to devise a fountain which “prints” 3D liquid images. Combined with camera gear from ARRI Rental and Mark Roberts Motion Control they turned the images into a stop-motion animation. BTS here.

Early Man (Teaser)

Early Man (Teaser)

The latest stop-motion animated film from Nick Park, of Wallace & Gromit and Creature Comforts fame. It’s set in prehistoric times and features the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, and more.

Buddy Thunderstruck (Trailer)

Buddy Thunderstruck (Trailer)

Netflix keeps the original content rolling with this goofy-looking stop-motion animated series about a dog who loves to race semi trucks, and the quirky array of characters in his life. From the animators behind Robot Chicken, and the creators of Care Bears. Yup. Drops 3/10/17.

Nitro Warriors METAL

Nitro Warriors METAL

Director Paul Greer and Vanguard Pictures present another action-packed, CGI-free, stop-motion animated short created with toy cars as the characters. Oddly enough, their nemesis is… a glove. Watch it alone, or as part of the Nitro Warriors Anthology.

My Life as a Zucchini (Trailer)

My Life as a Zucchini (Trailer)

An award-winning stop-motion animated film about a boy with an unusual name, and his journey to fit in at a foster home after the loss of his mother. The French/Swiss film been redubbed in English with voices by Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page and Amy Sedaris.

Kubo: Behind the Scenes

Kubo: Behind the Scenes

If you haven’t seen Kubo and the Two Strings yet, you must. It’s simply one of the greatest achievements in animation ever. Then watch this 16-minute behind the scenes reel, which shows off some of the stop-motion, miniatures, VFX, and voiceover work that went into the film.

Dan Sultan: Magnetic

Dan Sultan: Magnetic

Dropbear Digital’s incredible music video for Dan Sultan’s track Magnetic was created through a mix of 3D printing, stop-motion, and projection mapping techniques to bring the singer’s digitized avatar to life. The behind-the-scenes photo album is equally fascinating.

Super Mario x Rubik’s Cubes

Super Mario x Rubik’s Cubes

We can’t imagine how many hours it took the guys from juggling troupe Synchronicity to create this stop-motion Super Mario Bros. tribute video, created entirely by rotating the faces of hundreds of Rubik’s Cubes. Though this isn’t exactly the first time they’ve done this.

Edmond

Edmond

(PG-13) Contemplating suicide, a man with cannibalistic tendencies remembers the defining moments of his life. Director Nina Gantz’ award-winning stop-motion short is creepy yet tender, and filled with visual and emotional juxtapositions.

Magic Clay

Magic Clay

A wonderfully executed stop-motion short by animator Guldies, which makes a few simple hunks of modeling clay appear to come to life. We still haven’t figured out how he did the parts where the clay appears to jump completely off of the surface.

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Building a LEGO Death Star

Building a LEGO Death Star

A wonderfully satisfying stop-motion time-lapse of the construction of the 4,016 piece LEGO Death Star, captured by Bart van Dijk. We love the way he morphed each frame of the build, so the bricks don’t just pop in, and instead emerge smoothly.

Human Skateboard

Human Skateboard

Stop-motion animator PES dusted off one of his classic clips, and remastered it in HD for us to enjoy. This spot for Steve-O’s now defunct skatewear brand Sneaux will put a smile on your face in exchange for just 30 seconds of your day.

Infinitiude

Infinitiude

Scott Portingale’s stunning short film is an abstract look at the evolution of matter and energy, created using a mix of time-lapse, high-speed, and stop-motion photography. Incredibly, the images were were made with fluids and handmade props, not CGI.

Making a Maple Cloud Bowl

Making a Maple Cloud Bowl

Frank Howarth is back with another awesome build – this time, he’s created a wonderful turned bowl using walnut and maple, with CNC cloud-shaped forms set into the sides. The stop-motion and orbiting time-lapse of the build is just the icing on the cake. (Thanks Victor!)

Hardboiled (Trailer)

Hardboiled (Trailer)

Director Peter Sluszka’s upcoming stop-motion comedy takes on cop drama tropes, replacing the typical human cast with puppets that look like food. The film recently raised some production funds on Indiegogo, so hopefully we’ll see the whole 20 minute movie soon.

PES: Game Over in HD

PES: Game Over in HD

In 2008, stop-motion master PES scored one of his biggest YouTube hits with Game Over, which recreated the death scenes of five video games: Centipede, Frogger, Asteroid, Space Invaders and Pac-Man. This 1080p version makes it easier to marvel at PES’ genius.

OSSA

OSSA

Dario Imbrogno’s fantastic animated short film embraces, rather than hides the mechanisms that underlie the creation of stop-motion films, exposing the armatures and skeletal joints of its protagonist – and even the almighty puppetmaster behind the scenes.

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Star Trek: The Beginning of the End

Star Trek: The Beginning of the End

The universe is under attack by The Red Empire, a race of robots intent on wiping out all organic life. It’s up to the crew of the NX-01 Enterprise to stop them. Jürgen Kaiser’s stop-motion fan film is an incredible achievement and a true labor of love. (In German w/subtitles)

Manoman

Manoman

(PG-13) A neurotic attending primal therapy literally coughs up every emotion he’s repressed. Simon Cartwright’s amazing and intense stop-motion short film is like Fight Club if Tyler Durden was a real being. Aaaahhhhh!!!

LEGO Ghostbusters

LEGO Ghostbusters

While it seems that most of the universe has already made up their minds about the new Ghostbusters movie, this LEGO stop-motion short from Digital Wizards is nothing but spectacular, paying tribute to the 1984 classic, and packed with lots of fun minifig cameos.

Sleepy Steve

Sleepy Steve

Meet Steve and his army of helper robots, ready to help him get ready for the day even if he’s barely awake. A funny stop -motion short film by Meghann Artes (Speed Dating). We’ll take 10,000 of that rug robot please, thanks.

Sydney 500 Tilt-shift

Sydney 500 Tilt-shift

Photographer Keith Loutit used his trademark tilt-shift time lapse to turn the 2010 Sydney Telstra 500 V8 Supercars event into a race for ants. We like to imagine Keith is a wizard and is actually bringing toys to life. The celebration scene in particular is unreal.

Creative Spark: Deborah Cook

Creative Spark: Deborah Cook

Deborah Cook (Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Boxtrolls, Coraline) is a costume designer who specializes in making clothes for stop-motion puppets. She spoke with the Oscars about what her job entails, the challenges of designing small scale clothing and more.

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