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Brief History of Everything

Brief History of Everything

Jamie Bell’s Brief History of Everything is by no means comprehensive, but it is epic: the flipbook video was drawn with biro pens and took 2,100 pages, 50 jotter books, and 3 weeks to make.

Video: T-shirt War

Video: T-shirt War

Rhett&Link’s T-shirt War puts our paltry graphic tee collection to shame, with Rhett and Link changing shirts over 100 times each in a stop-motion battle; yes, the 222 t-shirts are for sale.

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Short Film: Digital Analogue

Short Film: Digital Analogue

Lv Sisi’s Digital Analogue is true to its name; the kinetic stop motion short film was edited digitally but is composed of over 6,000 still photos and set to sounds made by antique cameras.

Stop Motion: Bad Apple

Stop Motion: Bad Apple

Whether or not you believe that this Bad Apple video was made without photo-editing, it’s still a pretty badass stop-motion piece; it was created with 6,566 printouts captured on a webcam.

Funny: Ninja’s Unboxing

Funny: Ninja’s Unboxing

Mixing assassins with Google’s Nexus One thankfully only results in a lot of shredded cardboard: Ninja’s Unboxing is a sharp warning to blister packs and shrink wrapping everywhere.

Video: Drift

Video: Drift

Video artist mustardcuffins calls it a stop motion animation, but we prefer the Giz’s “morph motion”: amazingly creepy and disorienting, Drift was created using a digital still camera.

Paper Mario Bros. 3

Paper Mario Bros. 3

Boston College student Ryan does a literal take on Paper Mario with Paper Mario Bros. 3; it took 36 hours, 300 frames, and was made with paper, colored pencils, glue, and cardboard.

Parkour Motion Reel

Parkour Motion Reel

Serene Teh’s Parkour Motion Reel is a bit of finger gymnastics in and of itself; it’s a fantastic stop-motion animation drawn with a technical pen that really puts the “flip” in flip book.

Short Film: Elio

Short Film: Elio

Disco dancing sounds and looks good on paper with Rob Diaz’s Elio, which shows the perils of going Travolta at your 9-5; the stop-motion short film was shot using a Nokia XpressMusic 5800.

Stop Motion Gundam

Stop Motion Gundam

John Huang’s Stop Motion Gundam videos are mobile suit mayhem at its finest; he not only uses anime fighting styles and special effects, but mixes in Dragon Ball and Star Wars.

Trailer: Battle of the Brick

Trailer: Battle of the Brick

Due out early 2010, Battle of the Brick: Built for Combat is a 25 minute LEGO Halo short film made by Alex Kobb; it recreates the Zanzibar map with an epic battle of Red vs. Blue.

Matrix x Lego Stop-Mo

Matrix x Lego Stop-Mo

The result of 440 hours of work and a horde of Agent Smiths, Matrix’s legendary bullet-time scene gets reimagined with LEGO bricks; it was created to celebrate the movie’s 10th anniversary.

Stop Motion: Suzuki GSX-R

Stop Motion: Suzuki GSX-R

Aptly set to Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” (also stop-motion), watch as a Suzuki GSX-R assembles itself; it took 30 hours to film, but the ending is the coolest: the bike ran on first start-up.

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Short Film: The Machine

Short Film: The Machine

Even if you take The Machine at face value (The Matrix w/puppets), it’s hard to miss its morality play angle; it’s otherwise a gorgeous stop-motion film styled like an old-time nickel arcade.

Video: Cardboard

Video: Cardboard

Save your shipping boxes: Sjors Vervoort’s Cardboard is a stop motion/CG film making use of over 800 cutouts, with animations composited into the film frame by frame; film stills here.

Stop Motion: COMBO

Stop Motion: COMBO

COMBO is a live-action, stop-motion animation by urban artists Blu and David Ellise; shot over the course of a week in Italy, it can actually be looped infinitely (it’s played twice above).

Video: Wafer Keyboard

Video: Wafer Keyboard

An advertisement for Portuguese juice company Do Bem, this Wafer Keyboard music video is perhaps a little too sweet: put one in front of us and we guarantee we’ll gobble up the keys.

Google Japan: Streetview

Google Japan: Streetview

Likely an effort to assuage privacy concerns, Google Japan definitely has the market cornered on cute with this stop motion TV ad; it shows how Google Maps’ Streetview is really made.

Video: 8-Bit Trip

Video: 8-Bit Trip

8-Bit Trip is a music video by Swedish band Rymdreglage made entirely out of LEGO bricks and filmed in stop motion; it pays homage to Pong, Pac-Man, Mario Bros and more.

Trailer: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Trailer: Fantastic Mr. Fox

In theaters 11/13/09, this Fantastic Mr. Fox trailer feels like Oceans Eleven, appropriate considering it stars George Clooney (along with Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Willem Dafoe).

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Video: Post-It Stop Motion

Video: Post-It Stop Motion

SCAD senior Bang-yao Liu’s Deadline is a stop-motion video made entirely using Post-It notes; it’s packed with numerous references that should please geeks and gamers alike.

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