Frankly, I’m an easy woman to impress. But even so, stop motion animation is next level. Each frame takes meticulous care, craft, and planning. Excellent stop motion is the result of an incomprehensible density and depth of talent. And out of all the great stop motion studios out there, Laika might be the best. This…
If you are a dog lover, you need to stop what you’re doing right now and watch this squeal-inducing short by Chloé Alliez. It’s called Oh My Dog! and it features the most adorable furry little stop-motion puppy puppets, not to mention a heartwarming (and realistic) tribute to Crazy Canine People.
Animating anything by hand using stop-motion techniques, one frame at a time, is a time-consuming and mind-numbing process. But in order to create the surreal organic images for his WoodSwimmer video, Brett Foxwell had to slowly slice away at a log, sliver by sliver, while photographing the entire process.
“Wildlife” is a very big jigsaw puzzle. Clocking in 33,600 pieces, it ranks among the largest manufactured jigsaw puzzles in the world and will set you back almost 400 bucks. But if you think it’s hard enough to do on its own, imagine turning it into a stop motion movie of classic video games while you assemble it.
It can mean that you’re experiencing a brief inconvenience or it can be a sign that you’re in for a major problem—either way, no one wants to see the loading icon. Unless, of course, that loader is made in a beautiful stop motion celebration of waiting for your dang computer to do its job.
Headlines like that are why we do what we do.
Last year was filled with lots of fantastic animated films, but when the Oscar nominations come out, we’ll be very surprised if My Life as a Zucchini isn’t among them. Not many people outside of its native Switzerland have heard of it yet, but the stop-motion animated film will open in the U.S. next month, and you can…
“The Lighthouse” is a short with no dialogue and a masterful use of light and shading that tells the story of a solitary lighthouse keeper who discovers the ability to manipulate matter that ends up transporting him somewhere brand new.
I’ve always thought that one of the appeals of stop-motion claymation was the imperfections in the animation, how things never quite moved as fluidly as real life. After watching this short from Guldies, I now realize that it’s because no one is a master of stop-motion claymation like he is. The animation is really…
Bowling: it’s not just for fun anymore. Now you can use it for filmmaking. At least, stop-motion filmmaking. Only at Laika. And specifically on Kubo and the Two Strings.
Lego’s Star Wars constructions kits are legendary. Even though the company has dozens of cool kits based on popular movies, there’s still nothing like seeing your favorite Star Wars characters miniaturized and given the proper Lego treatment.
After meeting with misadventure, a space probe from the Voyager mission crashes back to Earth, centuries after it left. But Earth is a very different place now, and there’s only one person around to witness the Golden Record’s message.
Back in 2009, a vibrant, hilarious French animated film called A Town Called Panic was released. Ninety-nine percent of us didn’t see it. The few that did, though, fell in love with its simple, brilliant aesthetic and funny, eccentric toy characters. Now, seven years later, two short sequels are coming to theaters.
The Predator is on a mission to destroy a barrage of bean-headed aliens that have invaded a small office—with Boba Fett’s help, of course.
Filmmakers have been stop-motion animation for eons, but holy crap man, people have gotten really, really good at it. This video by Vugar Efendi tracks the evolution of stop motion in film starting with The Enchanted Drawing in 1900, which was really just a drawing of a face changing facial expressions, all the way up…
I mean, the animator in the gif above changes his shirt at least four times before he’s able to make the Ninja Monkey doll walk, like, a couple of steps. That’s a lot of time spent animating the most basic of motions lasting just seconds. Imagine all the elbow grease that goes into the more intense stuff, or even a…
There are few things as beautiful on the big screen as the work of Laika. The stop-motion animated studio has already made three gorgeous fantasy films in their unique style and the latest, Kubo and the Two Strings, is the grandest and prettiest one yet. Unfortunately, the whole isn’t quite as strong as its individual…
These stop motion short animations show what it’s like to turn paper into things like penne with meatballs or a bowl of ramen or a banana split. They’re so damn clever and fun that it hurts my cheeks when I watch them.