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Awesome Stop Motion

Inside the Burger Vending Machine

Inside the Burger Vending Machine

Stop-motion animator tomosteen takes us on a trip inside a unique vending machine that serves up delicious burgers. Each tiny sandwich is prepared with love by a legless skeleton who works with a team of bird and kitty cat sous chefs. And if you think that sounds weird, it’s because it is.

Nitro Warriors Interceptor

Nitro Warriors Interceptor

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the short film, Nitro WarriorsSpaceCamperBike, Paul Greer’s Vanguard Pictures is back with another action-packed stop-motion car chase. This time, a truck carrying valuable cargo is pursued by a dragon car and a crew of malicious motorists. After the cops show up, a T-Rex gets in on the action.

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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.

Stop-motion Woodworking: Cafe Tray

Stop-motion Woodworking: Cafe Tray

Making things from wood takes time. But if you’re a stop-motion animator like Omozoc, everything goes much, much faster. In the latest video from their Stop Motion Woodworking series, they created a small tray using nothing a thumb and an index finger as tools.

Wendell & Wild (Trailer)

Wendell & Wild (Trailer)

This stop-motion film from Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Jordan Peele (Get Out, Nope) is the perfect addition to your Halloween watch list. It follows a teen (Lyric Ross) who is duped into releasing two demons into the world of the living – and those demons are Key and Peele. Drops 10.28.22 on Netflix.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio: Behind the Craft

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio: Behind the Craft

Unlike the CGI abomination that is Disney’s Pinocchio reboot, Guillermo del Toro’s take on the classic fairy tale was animated by hand using stop-motion puppetry. In this brief video, we get a look behind the scenes at the craftsmanship that went into the movie, and Guillermo’s rationale for sticking with traditional animation.

Super Mario 64 Intro in Claymation

Super Mario 64 Intro in Claymation

If you didn’t read the title of this video, you might think it was done with computer graphics. But ClayClaim created this spot-on remake of the familiar “It’s-a me, Mario” intro sequence from Super Mario 64 out of clay. Here’s the original for comparison.

When the Piano Plays You

When the Piano Plays You

The Flight of the Bumblebee is one of the most notoriously fast pieces of music you can play. Despite performing just a 1-minute excerpt of the classic, Vinheteiro spent 36 hours editing this video to make it look like his keyboard is doing all of the work, and his finger is standing still.

Pigging Out

Pigging Out

Please enjoy this hilariously weird little stop-motion short of a tiny pig devouring a sandwich, accompanied by the most infectiously irritating music since Nyan Cat. Apparently, this little piggy has quite the appetite.

Ray Harryhausen’s Stop-Motion + Live Action Movie Magic

Ray Harryhausen’s Stop-Motion + Live Action Movie Magic

The late Ray Harryhausen is beloved for his groundbreaking visual effects work in movies like Jason and the Argonauts. The Royal Ocean Film Society delves into Harryhausen’s mastery of stop-motion animation and how he combined it with live-action film footage to bring humans and creatures together on screen.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (Trailer)

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (Trailer)

A stop-motion retelling of the story of the wooden boy who wants to be real. Guillermo del Toro brings his dark sense of wonder with animator Mark Gustafson, and voice acting from Ewan McGregor, Gregory Mann, Ron Perlman, Cate Blanchett, Christoph Waltz, and Tilda Swinton. In theaters 11.22 and on Netflix 12.22.

Woodworking without Tools

Woodworking without Tools

No, this isn’t one of those primitive building videos where they create the tools they need to make things. Omozoc’s latest video uses stop-motion animation to make it appear that a woodworker is crafting an object using their hands as their only tools. If only we could use our fingers as tiny routers to curve the edges on things.

LEGO Battle of Verdun

LEGO Battle of Verdun

In 1916, French and German armies battled each other in one of the bloodiest fights of the first World War. JD Brick Productions reenacted a portion of this lengthy and grueling confrontation using LEGO bricks and minifigures in one of the most epic stop-motion shorts of all time.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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