THE BEST Stop Motion

Post-it Note Arcade

Post-it Note Arcade

Michael Birken says he used 4,800 Post-it Notes to make 5,722 still images of retro gameplay footage to make this stop-motion film. It looks way too clean to our eyes, but however it was created, the end result is fun to watch.

Dragon Ball Z Stop-Motion

Dragon Ball Z Stop-Motion

Animator John Huang whips out his action figure collection again, putting on a literally hair-raising battle between the Z Fighters, when supervillain Cell shows up. The animation was created from about 6,000 individual images.

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Stop Motion Chalk Tetris

Stop Motion Chalk Tetris

Artist Chris Carlson specializes in making 3D illusions using pastel chalk, paint and graphite. Watch him play a quick round of amazingly detailed stop motion Tetris. Note the shadows on the blocks.

LEGO Star Trek: Into Darkness

LEGO Star Trek: Into Darkness

A LEGO stop motion shot-for-shot remake of one of the teasers for Star Trek: Into Darkness made by Antonio and Andrea Toscano. The Benedict Cumberbatch minifig is spot on.

Slow Derek

Slow Derek

Dan Ojari’s award-winning stop-motion animation about Derek, an office worker who has difficulty keeping up with the 1070mph speed of the Earth’s rotation beneath his feet.

A Good Clay to Die Hard

A Good Clay to Die Hard

(Gore) Yippee ki yay Mother Russia! Claymation master Lee Hardcastle hypes up John McClane’s latest misadventure A Good Day to Die Hard with a recap of the vigilante’s explosive résumé.

Paper War

Paper War

A clever stop-motion short made by animation students from the Communication University of China. It would’ve scored a 10 in our books if not for its stereotypical (and unnecessary) plot.

Katachi

Katachi

An “everlasting chain of convulsing memories.” Such is the music video for Shugo Tokumaru’s song Katachi. Kijek/Adamski made the jaw-dropping stop-motion using about 2,000 pieces of PVC plates.

Stanley Pickle

Stanley Pickle

Vicky Mather’s Stanley Pickle is an award-winning (and trippy) short film about a man whose idea of life involves a rote existence, of routines and actions without meaning and intent.

X-Men Cartoon Stop Motion

X-Men Cartoon Stop Motion

Kyle Roberts and his pals made a stop-motion version of the intro sequence to the classic 1990s X-Men cartoon. It was made from ~4,000 stills, 60 backgrounds – and grown men playing with dolls.

LEGO x Battle of Helm’s Deep

LEGO x Battle of Helm’s Deep

Brotherhood Workshop’s entry to the Machinima Interactive Film Festival is an alternate take on the Battle of Helm’s Deep from The Lord of the Rings, casting LEGOlas as a well-meaning but dumb elf.

Super Mario Beads 3

Super Mario Beads 3

An amusing stop-motion animation by Marcus and Hannes Knutsson starring Mario as he makes his way through the real world. Created frame-by-frame using Perler beads. Watch parts one and two.

Quest for Energon

Quest for Energon

KRE-O has been making a series of amusing stop-motion short films featuring their Transformers toys, centering around the Decepticons stealing Energon, and the Autobots getting sweet revenge.

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Rot

Rot

This creepy but nonetheless awesome animation by artist Erica Luke was created by painting each frame on the face of its subject, transforming a lively girl into a fleshless skeleton in 30 seconds.

Vengeance Rhythm

Vengeance Rhythm

(Gore) The bloody music video for Vengeance Rhythm, a single by Two Fingers, a side project of electronic musician Amon Tobin. Say goodbye – or is it hello? – to your childhood memories.

A Hobbit Halloween

A Hobbit Halloween

The world of the Lord of the Rings is teeming with monsters and ghouls, which Merry and Pippin take advantage of to play a Halloween prank on Frodo and Sam. A funny short by Brotherhood Workshop.

Pumpkin Stop-Motion

Pumpkin Stop-Motion

A fun and Tim Burton-esque Halloween animation done by Auge de Vries by painstakingly carving 400 individual scenes into candle-lit pumpkins and stitching them together frame-by-frame.

Time to Go

Time to Go

Seamus Spilsbury and the gang at Oh Yeah Wow created this painstakingly-animated stop-motion clip for Wax Tailor and Aloe Blacc, as a crocheted quadropus(?) makes its way through the city.

The Maker

The Maker

An award-winning stop-motion short by Christopher Kezelos, The Maker is about a creature racing against time to accomplish the most important task of his life. The score is Winter by Paul Halley.

Partir

Partir

Partir (“leaving”) is a tale of two inseparable characters told through hand-drawn stop-motion animation. The quote at the end reads,“Just now, I heard the heartbeat of a tiny raindrop.”

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LEGO Houdini

LEGO Houdini

17-year-old LEGO-maniac Dylan Woodley (aka Insomniac’s) stop-motion video for Foster the People’s Houdini makes us wish all music videos were made with LEGO blocks and minifigs.

Animated Tower

Animated Tower

HESAV (University of Health Sciences in Switzerland) and NOTsoNOISY created this stop motion video using the 11-story HESAV building as a screen and its windows and shutters as pixels.

Spreadsheet Music Video

Spreadsheet Music Video

Mystery Guitar Man and his friends used motion capture to create pixelated images of him dancing around, then they replicated those images in OpenOffice and Excel. Cell by cell. Go BtS here.

Anomalisa

Anomalisa

A stop-motion animated film from the twisted mind of writer Charlie Kaufman being funded outside of the conventional studio system so its creative team has no interference with their artistic vision.

Water Falls

Water Falls

The music video for Kalle Mattson’s Water Falls features zooming stop-motion animation of San Francisco’s locales made by Hypno SF. You can check out the animated gif versions on Imgur.

Stop-Motion Boxing

Stop-Motion Boxing

Stop-motion master Counter656 is at it again, this time forgoing his usual mecha theme and instead facing off two of boxing’s greats, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, in an over-the-top battle.

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