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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
(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.
For Halloween 2020, animator Lawrence Becker created a stop-motion short featuring a miniature Will Smith carving a pumpkin with a tiny sword. This behind-the-scenes look at how he made it is just as awesome as the animation itself. Also, his stop-motion Danny Devito Penguin pumpkin would make Tim Burton proud.
Animator Omozoc has entertained us with his delectable stop-motion meals. But in this clip, he uses the technique and 1667 individual still images to show some artful but physically impossible ways to deal cards. We’re a little surprised that he didn’t literally cut any cards.
Monitogo Studios’ stop-motion LEGO brickfilm follows the story of two brothers and a son who take a dramatic risk to save a commuter train from crashing when a bridge won’t stay down and the warning signal fails. It’s a surprisingly moody and dramatic turn for a medium usually reserved for silly stuff.
Like many of us stuck at home during the 2020 quarantines, hehimboredlol got really bored. So they scribbled down their thoughts in the iPhone Notes app. After they got bored with that, they turned their repetitive ramblings into an animation. It’s also possible that they were lazy and just copied the text from this website.
The 1963 classic Jason and the Argonauts is known for its masterful use of stop-motion by the great Ray Harryhausen. CaptRobau was curious to know what the animation would look like at a higher frame rate, so he used motion interpolation software to smooth out the action. He did something similar to the original King Kong.
Game studio Kong Orange and Wired Fly Animation are working on this co-op puzzle game that puts players in the roles of Karla and Kurt, two friends on the verge of expressing their love, but who lose their ability to speak. Each character and background will be hand-animated using traditional stop-motion techniques.
As we’ve seen before, Kevin Parry loves his visual trickery. He’s also quite good at making stop-motion animations. In this short clip, he fools us into thinking he’s pulling off jumps and flips on a trampoline, when in fact, he’s just wriggling around on his floor. We’d be covered in dog hair if we tried the same on our hardwood floor.
Stop-motion animation expert Animist walks us through the process of posing an action figure of Street Fighter’s Sakura Kasugano, as she delivers a series of deadly blows to a Red Bull can. This making-of video is well worth a watch, but if you’re in a rush, you can skip to the finished sequence here.
Animator Victor Haegelin, cinematographer Jérémy Lesquenner, and sound designer Martin Flechtner created this amazing stop-motion short that pays tribute to Leonardo DiCaprio. The clip cleverly incorporates scenes from Catch Me If You Can, Titanic, The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street, Inception, and The Great Gatsby.