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Stop Motion

Super Soaker Restoration

Super Soaker Restoration

Restoration already takes a lot of care, time and effort. Hand Tool Rescue did that with a Super Soaker from the 90’s and chronicled the whole thing as a stop-motion film, taking over 4000 photos in the process. We love the bit about the last screw.

Giangrande: Free to Roam

Giangrande: Free to Roam
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Giangrande’s inspiring folk track Free to Roam is complemented beautifully by Gianluca Maruotti’s stop-motion music video. The claymation imagery was created using with the scenes playing out against a flattened backdrop. Be sure to watch the behind the scenes video too.

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PES: The Fish

PES: The Fish

A fish forms from the plastics ingested by a dead turtle. The master of found object stop-motion PES comes back from a long hiatus to raise awareness about how marine – and human – life are affected by plastic waste.

Wallace Loves Cheese

Wallace Loves Cheese

Stop-motion animator Lawrence Becker of SamplerTimes Studios got his hands on a 40-pound block of sharp cheddar cheese. But rather than getting out the crackers right away, he decided to sculpt a model of one half of the duo of Wallace and Gromit before snacking.

8 Stop-motion Tricks

8 Stop-motion Tricks

Want to make your own stop-motion animation? Animator Edu Puertas shows off a few simple tricks using household items like tape, wire, aluminum foil, and pillow stuffing to embellish your creations with, and give them a more finished look.

The Way Things Are (Trailer)

The Way Things Are (Trailer)

A brief look at the silly sense of humor of Juan Pablo Zaramella, whose upcoming 52-episode TV series Así Son Las Cosas (The Way Things Are) takes us inside the secret lives of everyday objects, brought to life through the magic of stop-motion animation.

Michna: Solid Gold

Michna: Solid Gold

Christophe Thockler created this minimal, but nonetheless captivating stop-motion video using 8,500 individual photos of rocks collected from around the world. It serves as the perfect visual for Michna’s warm and inviting EDM track.

Learning to Sculpt

Learning to Sculpt

Buttered Side Down tries his hand at sculpting clay, but like most of his videos, things quickly run off the rails, and his clay creations end up rebelling against their maker, and eventually getting the upper hand.

LEGO: The Great Escape

LEGO: The Great Escape

Nukazooka presents a fantastic LEGO fan film that’s as good as anything we’ve seen on the big screen. It’s a story of two minifigs attempting to escape their playroom at any cost – even if it means facing down a terrifying furry monster.

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.

Indomation

Indomation

A man falls asleep while watching Jurassic World, only to find himself face to face with one of the movie’s dinosaurs. Jurassic Park fan Mason Drumm and his friends spent over 90 hours making this tense stop-motion short film.

Hedgehog’s Home

Hedgehog’s Home

Director Eva Cvijanović’s award-winning stop-motion short film offers up a charming tale of a hedgehog who loves his home to no end, and a pack of hostile woodland predators who don’t understand the value of a happy and cozy place to call their own.

Bashton & Megalopolis: Scandal

Bashton & Megalopolis: Scandal

Filmmaker Pablo Mengin (aka Megalopolis) created this intense and surreal music video for NYC rapper Bashton by painting 2000+ images over the course of 18 months. Each of the video’s individual frames could serve as a framed work of art all on its own.

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Distortion

Distortion

Animator Guldies Konst’s latest stop-motion animation was made using 2500 individual still images of painstakingly-shaped Plastilina clay. Combined with the clever use of sound effects, each element of his surreal short film takes on a sense of mass, material, and scale.

Fabricated

Fabricated

Director Brett Foxwell spent 10 years working on this incredible stop-motion film in which inanimate objects work together to bring a biomechanical alien world to life. We can only imagine how much work was involved given the smoothness of each creature’s movements.

In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell

(PG-13) “From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell.” Fabio Friedli and YK Animation Studio’s amazing and fast-paced stop-motion animation captures ideas big and small, all in under 5 minutes.

Island

Island

Max Mörtl & Robert Löbel’s short film takes us to a strange island when unusual creatures dwell. The stop-motion and 2D animated clip charmed us with its endearing character design, and David Kamp’s clever sound design brought it all together.

The Predator Holiday Special

The Predator Holiday Special

It’s Christmas time, and The Predator has found its way to the North Pole, terrorizing every reindeer and elf that stands in its way. But is Santa gonna just sit there and take it? No way. Sit back and enjoy this new stop-motion holiday classic, courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

Making Stop-motion Sushi

Making Stop-motion Sushi

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs is loaded with wonderfully-inventive stop-motion animation. Among the many scenes is one where a pair of hands artfully create a meal of sushi. Now, go inside that scene, created by Andy Biddle and Tony Farquhar-Smith over the course of 32 days.

Lost & Found

Lost & Found

A knit toy dinosaur sees the love of its life in danger, and will do whatever it takes to save his one and only, regardless of the consequences. Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe’s stop-motion short is an emotional ride as good as anything from Pixar. Behind the scenes here.

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Making The Shivering Truth

Making The Shivering Truth

If you haven’t watched the pilot of The Shivering Truth, take a few moments to pop it open in another tab. Then come back and watch this equally engrossing behind the scenes reel that reminds us just how much work goes into producing original stop-motion animation.

The Shivering Truth (Pilot)

The Shivering Truth (Pilot)

Adult Swim and Vernon Chatman’s new stop-motion series is described as an “omnibus of painfully riotous emotional parables dripping from the deepest caverns of your unconscious.” And from what we saw in the first episode, they nailed the description. Premieres 12/9/18.

G-AAAH

G-AAAH

Animator Lizzy Hobbs’ stop-motion short film pays tribute to the late Amy Johnson, a woman whose day job was working as a typist for a law firm, but whose real claim to fame was a record-breaking 9,500 mile solo flight from England to Australia in 1930.

Hi-Five the Cactus

Hi-Five the Cactus

Animator Chris Thomas spent the last 10 years painstakingly creating what he calls “The World’s First Stop-Frame Animated Western.” While we’re not sure of that claim, what we are sure of is that it’s a one of the most insane things we’ve watched in a long time.

Said the Whale: UnAmerican

Said the Whale: UnAmerican
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The stop-motion music video for Said the Whale’s pop track features a meticulously planned and edited sequence of 2250 still photos which were sequenced to create the illusion of motion within the frame. It took a team of 6 over 80 hours to put together the clip.

Enough

Enough

Have you ever had the urge to touch a fire, just to see how it would feel? How about slapping the heck out of a noisy commuter? Film student Anna Mantzaris gives life to those and more sociopathic urges in this darkly comic animated short. Bill Burr would love this.

Captain 3D

Captain 3D

A comic book superhero springs to life from the flat pages of his book when he sees a damsel in distress (and popping out of dis dress) in this lighthearted, wonderfully-animated stop-motion short film by director Victor Haegelin.

Fishwitch

Fishwitch

Adrienne Dowling’s animated stop-motion short is a delight, telling the story of a grumpy iceberg inhabitant who catches an unrelenting merman in her net. We couldn’t help but think of The Shape of Water when we watched this. Behind the scenes video here.

Ant-Man vs. Ninja Turtle

Ant-Man vs. Ninja Turtle

Stop-motion animator counter656 presents an unlikely battle between two heroes we never thought would cross paths. Watch as Marvel’s size-shifting Ant-Man takes on TMNT’s purple-bandannaed Donatello in an epic fight that’s just asking for a sequel.

LEGO in Real Life 3

LEGO in Real Life 3

BrickBros Productions is back with another great LEGO stop-motion clip. This time, it’s not their food they’re playing with, but power tools and LEGO lumber. We don’t recommend running your bricks through a table saw.

Dancing without Moving

Dancing without Moving

Ryan Higa knows he can’t dance very well, but that doesn’t stop him from trying. In this clever and complex video, he contorted himself into positions for 4000 still images to produce the illusion of true dance talent via stop-motion. BTS video here.

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