Awesome Stop Motion

Yarn Netflix Intro

Yarn Netflix Intro

Anyone who’s watched Netflix has seen their familiar intro with their logo and the “ta-dum” sound. Animator Kevin Parry challenged himself to recreate the logo using stop-motion. He used yarn as his primary material for both the logotype and the colorful lines that emerge at the end of the sequence. Money shot at 5:27.

LEGO Batmobile Animation

LEGO Batmobile Animation

Animator, LEGO, and Batman fan Idan Kotzen created this fantastic animated short celebrating some of the various Batmobiles over the years. The stop-motion and clever use of lighting give the cars a great sense of movement, as LEGO Batman gives chase to the evildoers of Gotham.

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Setting up a Rube Goldberg machine and getting it to all work perfectly can be quite difficult. Filmmaker Tomohiro Okazaki took a different approach to making their machine, building an impossible chain-reaction sequence using stop-motion animation.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (Trailer)

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (Trailer)

Remember Marcel the Shell? Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp’s adorable and introspective mollusk is getting his own feature film. The movie follows our inquisitive pal Marcel as he sets out on a journey to find his family. Marcel stomps his tiny feet into theaters on 6.24.2022.

Unboxing Amazon Music

Unboxing Amazon Music

This wildly inventive 60-second promo spot for Amazon Music combines a variety of different filmmaking techniques including stop-motion, 2D and 3D animation, rotoscoping, and even puppetry – each executed with top-notch quality. Directed by Stevie Gee & Essy May for Blink.

When You Only Have Two Points of Articulation

When You Only Have Two Points of Articulation

When it comes to action figures, more points of articulation are usually better – especially when it comes to dancing. But what happens when your figure can only swivel its head and bend at the hips? TheCrafsMan SteadyCraftin shows us that it’s not just about your moves, but also your attitude in this charming animation.

Stop Motion Matchstick Animation

Stop Motion Matchstick Animation

Animator Tomohiro Okazaki of Swimming Design offers up a series of soundless stop motion scenes, each of which features matchsticks as its central focus. Okazaki’s fastidious and precise animation work is simply out of this world, and the motion is some of the smoothest we’ve ever seen in a frame-by-frame animation.

Cooking a Wool Pizza

Cooking a Wool Pizza

Stop-motion filmmaker and artist Andrea Love shared another one of her wonderfully creative short films. Using nothing more than a needle, felt, and her creativity, she baked up a tiny textile pizza that looks good enough to eat. Her Belgian waffles look yummy too.

Fiat Lux

Fiat Lux

Visual artist Darren “Darius Twin” Pearson is known for his long-exposure light paintings. He has a particular fondness for skeletons. For the short film Fiat Lux, he captured more than 680 hand-painted scenes, then assembled them into an animation. Each of the 11 scenes is also available as an NFT.

Orgiastic Hyper-Plastic

Orgiastic Hyper-Plastic

Filmmakers Paul Bush and Lana Tankosa Nikolic created this inventive short film entirely from everyday plastic items. It’s a colorful statement on just how much plastic we use as a society and was created for Plastic Change, a Danish organization working to reduce our dependence on difficult to recycle plastics.

Needle-Felting a Giant Bullfrog

Needle-Felting a Giant Bullfrog

Artist and filmmaker Andrea Love created this gigantic bullfrog sculpture using a wire armature, foam, and needle-felted wool. She captured the two-day process as a stop-motion video, and the frog would go on to appear in the award-winning short film Tulip, a collaboration with children’s book author Phoebe Wahl.

Stop-Motion Woodworking

Stop-Motion Woodworking

Stop-motion animator Omozoc created this short film which makes it look like wood can be chopped up as easily as vegetables, nails can be tapped in with a spoon, and sanding could be done with a butter knife. The animation was made from 2854 individual images, and no computer visual effects were added.

Cutting Up a LEGO Fish

Cutting Up a LEGO Fish

LEGO fanatic I like home presents an incredible stop-motion video that shows how to break down a brick-built king salmon into a delicious sashimi dinner. The sequence is made up of more than 3000 individual photos. If you thought that looked tasty, be sure to check out his LEGO steak and cheese.

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LEGO Dinosaur Slow Motion

LEGO Dinosaur Slow Motion

Stop-motion animator Kevin Parry shows off a neat rig he built using LEGO pieces. The highly-articulated dinosaur skeleton looks amazing as it comes to life in this brief frame-by-frame sequence. Given the green screen, we imagine he’ll be adding a background to the scene.

REPEAT: A Stop Motion Short

REPEAT: A Stop Motion Short

During the 2020 lockdowns, Alexandre Poncet of StopMotionFrance took some time to play with his action figures. While he was at it, he created this smooth animated short that features Robocop trapped in a time loop paradox with ED-209, Captain Kirk, Pac-Man, and Kylo Ren.

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.

Stop-Motion Tattoo

Stop-Motion Tattoo

Montréal tattoo artist Phil Berge creates animated tattoos by inking individual frames then photographing them in sequence. His most incredible work so far is this 76 tattoo scene based on Max and Dave Fleischer’s 1933 classic Betty Boop: Snow White, featuring Cab Calloway. His Simpsons sequence is awesome too.

AKIRA Motorcycle Stop-Motion

AKIRA Motorcycle Stop-Motion

Animist creates some of the smoothest stop-motion animations we’ve seen. In this clip, they recreated Shotaro Kaneda’s classic motorcycle scene from AKIRA, complete with lightning bolts and smoke. Though Kaneda’s quick moves have a different motivation here. The behind-the-scenes footage is worth a watch too.

Stop-Motion Run

Stop-Motion Run

Lord Victor Haegelin aka Patagraph shared behind-the-scenes footage of an awesome stop-motion loop they created on that follows a runner’s journey. The top half shows the top-down footage of the puppets being rigged, while the bottom half shows the finished piece. Flip to the second slide for a look at the animatic it was based on.

Maneuvers

Maneuvers

Filmmaker, skier, and animator Sämi Ortlieb combined his passions to create this unconventional take on a ski action film. Through the use of stop-motion techniques, its skiers traverse obstacles that didn’t exist a split-second before they arrived at them.

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8-Bit Trip 2

8-Bit Trip 2

It’s been more than a decade since Swedish band Rymdreglage released their stop-motion LEGO animated video 8-Bit Trip. Now they’re back with a follow-up video that celebrates 8-bit and 16-bit games (and haircuts). It incorporates some cool 3D effects achieved with a motion-controlled camera rig.

Bench

Bench

Professional animator Rich Webber’s stop-motion short is “a film about sharing.” The story of two strangers on a park bench serves as a standalone comedic film with a great punchline but works on another level, satirizing the relationship between society’s haves and have-nots.

Phil Tippett’s MAD GOD (Teaser)

Phil Tippett’s MAD GOD (Teaser)

Phil Tippett is the stop-motion genius behind scenes like the marching AT-ATs in The Empire Strikes Back and ED-209 in the original Robocop. Now, some 30 years in the making, his passion project is complete. MAD GOD is described as a sci-fi/horror “set in a Miltonesque world of monsters, mutants, and mad scientists.”

Stop-Motion LEGO Pizza

Stop-Motion LEGO Pizza

Stop-motion animator Bebop cooks up a delicious pizza with the help of some unconventional ingredients, including 2×2, 2×3, 2×4, and other studded plastic blocks. The 2-minute film is comprised of roughly 3,300 photos, and an unknown quantity of LEGO bricks.

A Very Brief History of Stop-Motion Animation

A Very Brief History of Stop-Motion Animation

México-based animation house Hobby Creative Studio demonstrates the similarities and differences between stop-motion animation from the 1920s through today. Using the same scene – a pirate skeleton guarding his treasure – you can see how the medium has evolved while still retaining its core values.

Ride

Ride

(Flashing images) Motorcycles take the spotlight in Paul Bush’s stop-motion short film, which pays tribute to the motorcycle design and culture of the 1950s and 1960s. Bush created the effects by swapping bikes between frames, and featured quite the assortment of motorcycles thanks to Jose Pereira’s Museu das Motas in Portugal.

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