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Oscars 2017: Are We Experiencing a Comeback For Stop-Motion Animation Filmmaking?

Kubo and the Two Strings’ (Courtesy: Laika)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

If the nominations for best animated feature this year tell us anything it’s that we might be experiencing a comeback for stop-motion animation. Two of this year’s nominees are stop-motion films: Kubo and the Two Strings (a critically acclaimed letdown at the box office) and My Life as a Zucchini (which just so happens to be a foreign film, too). Let’s look at the relatively recent history of the best animated feature category to see how stop-motion is coming into its own and theorize on why that could be happening.

In addition to Kubo and the Two Strings and My Life as a Zucchini in the best animated feature category, there’s a solid showing by other styles. There are two Disney hits, Zootopia and Moana, that feature computer animation and one Studio Ghibli underdog,
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The 27 greatest stop motion movies of all time

Sean Wilson Sep 16, 2016

With Kubo & The Two Strings now playing, we salute some of our favourite stop motion animated movies...

With Laika's visually sumptuous and breathtaking stop motion masterpiece Kubo And The Two Strings dazzling audiences throughout the country, what better time to celebrate this singular and remarkable art form?

The effect is created when an on-screen character or object is carefully manipulated one frame at a time, leading to an illusion of movement during playback - and such fiendishly intricate work, which takes years of dedication, deserves to be honoured. Here are the greatest examples of stop motion movie mastery.

The Humpty Dumpty Circus (1898)

What defines the elusive appeal of stop motion? Surely a great deal of it is down to the blend of the recognisable and the uncanny: an simulation of recognisably human movement that still has a touch of the fantastical about it. These contradictions were put
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Watch a Century of Stop-Motion Animation in 3 Minutes

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Watch a Century of Stop-Motion Animation in 3 Minutes
With the recent release of “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Vimeo user Vugar Efendi decided to create a three-minute video essay about the evolution of stop-motion. Featuring films like “The Enchanted Drawing,” the 1933 film “King Kong,” “Star Wars: A New Hope,” “A Nightmare Before Christmas” and many more, the filmmaker takes viewers all the way back to the early 1900s to show how the animation technique has changed and improved over time.

Read More: Stanley Kubrick & Andrei Tarkovsky’s Cinematic Styles Are Compared In Beautiful Video Essay

One of the first uses of stop-motion is credited to Albert E. Smith and J. Stuart Blackton for the 1898 film “The Humpty Dumpty Circus.” The 1902 movie “Fun in a Bakery Shop,” shown in the video below, was also one of the first to use the technique.

Read More: Watch: Film Imitates Art In This Beautiful Supercut

IndieWire has previously showcased Efendi’s videos
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A brief history of cinema practical effects, in 10 films

From George Melies through to Peter Jackson and Jj Abrams' Star Wars film, the rise, fall and rise of practical effects explored...

From the very earliest days of cinema, practical effects have been the big draw for audiences. The very first films may have wowed the crowds with images of trains pulling into a station, but it was the fantastical made real that fired the imaginations of millions, and led to film as we know it - narrative flights of fancy which have entertained and made us gasp for well over 100 years. But the last 25 years have seen practical effects fall by the wayside.

Digital effects created in a computer took over, and allowed filmmakers to dream even bigger. But practical effects are beginning to make a comeback. Some of this is due to audiences feeling the CG burnout; no longer quite believing what they’re seeing, resulting in
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Horror History: Happy 100th Birthday to Gertie the Wonderful Trained Dinosaurus

With Godzilla and even Gamera getting all the giant monster love lately, we'd be remiss if we didn't wish a hearty Happy Birthday to one of the big screen's most incredible creatures, Gertie the Wonderful Trained Dinosaurus!

From Wikipedia: Gertie the Dinosaur is a 1914 animated short film by American cartoonist and animator Winsor McCay. It is the earliest animated film to feature a dinosaur.

McCay first used the film before live audiences as an interactive part of his vaudeville act; the frisky, childlike Gertie did tricks at the command of her master. McCay's employer, William Randolph Hearst, later curtailed McCay's vaudeville activities so McCay added a live-action introductory sequence to the film for its theatrical release. McCay abandoned a sequel, Gertie on Tour (c. 1921), after producing about a minute of footage.

Although Gertie is popularly thought to be the earliest animated film, McCay had earlier made Little Nemo (1911) and How a Mosquito Operates
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Animation Rarities Online

Cartoonist J. Stuart Blackton in front of the 1900 drawing that magically comes to life. Film archives have been doing wonderful work for decades, rescuing and preserving rare, important films, but unless you happen to live in the city where one of these institutions resides, or have the ability to travel to film festivals, you may not have had the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their labors. That’s one reason I’m so grateful for the Treasures from American Film Archives DVDs from the National Film Preservation Foundation, and so pleased that funding has finally been gathered from a variety…
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