The stop-motion thread

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This is a thread dedicated to that wonderfully magical, yet dying art that is stop-motion. Whether it be from movies, TV shows, commercials, what have you, if it's shot one frame at a time with physical objects, it's welcome here.

By way of Cracked.com, there's going to be a stop-motion film based on Anne Frank's diaries, and they do want to aim it at children without shying away from the horror of it all. It seems to use some 2D animation, at least in the concept footage.

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/first-look-at-ari-folmans-anne-frank-feature-110894.html

And there's been rumblings that Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches that he teased about for a long time may be done in stop-motion as well, which already has me more excited! Hopefully Anjelica Huston can return as the Grand High Witch, which she did a fantastic and terrifying job portraying. :smile:

http://io9.gizmodo.com/5100620/guillermo-del-toro-dances-with-roald-dahls-witches

And as for TV, who could forget the Gravity Falls anthology episode that paid homage to the late Ray Harryhausen and utilized stop-mo creatures parodying stuff like Jason and the Argonauts and the original Clash of the Titans?

 

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The HBO Kids show (formerly HBO Family) called A Little Curious might have had this kind of animation, but I am not sure.
 

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I recently watched The Adventures of Mark Twain, best known for the infamous scene where Tom, Huck, and Becky come across "The Mysterious Stranger" and learn a lesson in morality. The whole movie itself is a mind screw, but it was this dark, heavy-hitting scene that many remember the most.

 

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Wes Anderson's got a new film coming up next April titled Isle of Dogs, and it appears to have a strong Akira Kurosawa influence going by the poster. And it's his 2nd animated film after Fantastic Mr. Fox.

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/04/wes-andersons-new-film-isle-of-dogs-has-a-release.html

And according to Box Office Mojo, Laika's next film is going to be released a few weeks later, in May. These guys deserve a real good victory for once, and the May release date should do the trick, providing it stays that way.

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=laika2018.htm
 

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Wes Anderson's got a new film coming up next April titled Isle of Dogs, and it appears to have a strong Akira Kurosawa influence going by the poster. And it's his 2nd animated film after Fantastic Mr. Fox.

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/04/wes-andersons-new-film-isle-of-dogs-has-a-release.html

And according to Box Office Mojo, Laika's next film is going to be released a few weeks later, in May. These guys deserve a real good victory for once, and the May release date should do the trick, providing it stays that way.

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=laika2018.htm
Oh yeah, I heard about the Anderson one a while ago. I'm glad to see it finally has a title (which sounds very him, btw.) Wes hasn't failed us yet, so I have high hopes for this one!

And fingers crossed for that Laika movie to be a hit. Not only is clay animation an underrated form of animation (and Aardman seems to have disappeared, so someone needs to pick up their slack), but Laika is a rare gem. I think their the most imaginative and original studios out their, even more so than Pixar seems to be right now.
 

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And fingers crossed for that Laika movie to be a hit. Not only is clay animation an underrated form of animation (and Aardman seems to have disappeared, so someone needs to pick up their slack), but Laika is a rare gem.
Aardman's coming out with Early Man next year, making it the 3rd stop-mo film of 2018. :smile:

http://www.aardman.com/aardman-and-studiocanal-announce-2018-release-dates-for-early-man/

And the story seems to be about a caveman fighting against the encroaching Bronze Age to save his village, which sounds interesting.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cannes-eddie-redmayne-joins-aardmans-891803
 
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2015 Oscar nominee Anomalisa is another film that deserves a watch. It was funded on Kickstarter by Being John Malkovich and Adaptation writer Charlie Kaufman, and has a lot of his mind-screwy style to it. It's about a guy who has something called a Fregoli delusion where he sees everyone as having the same adult male face and voice (and this includes his own wife and son!), but when he comes across someone who is truly unique to him, he develops a relationship with her. It's a shame this didn't do well as it's an R-rated animated film with real maturity, even though I genuinely enjoyed Sausage Party and hope that film's success will lead to more of this kind of stuff.
 

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My favorite stop-motion animated shows, shorts and movies are:
-Robot Chicken (of course)
-Wallace and Gromit
-Flushed Away
-Bump in the Night
-Purple and Brown (Those old extremely weird shorts on Nickelodeon)
-Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
-The Year Without a Santa Claus
-The Fantastic Mr. Fox
-Mad (the episodes sometimes featured stop-motion segments;after season 2, Spy vs. Spy was almost always stop-motion)
-The Happy Tree Friends episode that was done entirely in cardboard cutout stop motion animation
-The Christmas Time for The Jews segment from SNL
-The opera singing orange from Sesame Street
-The stop-motion animated Simpsons couch gag
-SuperMansion
 
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