Stop Motion

Thick As Thieves.

San Francisco-based Kevin Parry recently directed a new stop-motion music video for the Canadian band Kalle Mattson. Parry spins the globe and walks us through a simple topic – the history of the world – while throwing in a guess at how it all ends. Parry animated along with Carla Veldman and Andrew Wilson. The track is titled Thick As Thieves

Kalle Mattson – Thick As Thieves (Official Video) from Kevin Parry on Vimeo.

“Stream School” by Péter Vácz

A tale of growing up based on a Hungarian poem. This sweet stop-motion short by Péter Vácz was his 2010 graduation film from Budapest’s Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design. Watch the making-of, click here

Aardman Heroes…

The Superhero Shows blog has a great video preview  of the Aardman spots made for Cartoon Network, which play like a super-hero version of Creature Comforts, not the best quaility but still awesome…

Insta-Norman!

The guys behind Laika’s brand new film ‘ParaNorman’ have set up a Instagram with a whole bunch of behind the scenes stuff… VERY COOL!

Jelly Beans!

Yes, this took as long as you think it would have… 22 months! Enjoy the painstakingly-animated stop-motion music video for Kina Grannis’ track In Your Arms. Directed by Greg Jardin, by way of Radical Media…

To Die By Your Side…

Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are) directed this new stop-motion short titled Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side). Jonze co-directed with Simon Cahn, and over 3,000 pieces of felt were used to bring classic books like Catcher in the Rye to life. You can watch the full film over at nowness.com, and here’s a behind the scenes assembly:

Making Mourir Auprès De Toi from simon cahn on Vimeo.

The Pirates!

Next year Aardman and Sony Pictures Animation will reveal The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (aka The Pirates! Band of Misfits). Here’s the latest international trailer from the film directed by Peter Lord (Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit) and Jeff Newitt, here’s the 2nd trailer…

ParaNorman!

Now this looks AWESOME!!! Laika’s follow-up to Coraline is a stop-motion comedy/thriller titled ParaNorman. Here’s the first trailer, in which we meet Norman, the only kid in town who can communicate with the zombies overrunning the city.

What Light

A few years back, Sarah Wickens, while studying at The Royal College of Art in the UK, created this unique, stop-motion piece…

Marcel the shell with shoes on!

Possibly the cutest thing you’ll see in a while, the animation (directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp) is a little amateur-ish but the voice work (untreated & unenhanced) by a genius named Jenny Slate is gold!