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The 27 greatest stop motion movies of all time

8 September 2016 8:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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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Vivendi announces $338m cuts at France pay-tv channel Canal+

26 August 2016 5:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

First-half 2016 results reveal falling subscribers at Canal+ France and drop in Studiocanal profits for same period in 2015.

Paris-based media and entertainment giant Vivendi has launched a $338m (€300m) cost-cutting programme at Canal+ France, aimed at reining in mounting losses at the premium pay-tv channel.

“A €300 million cost-savings plan, which does not impact the customer, has been implemented at Canal+ in France,” the company said in a press release.  

“It comprises a €100 million reduction in costs associated with subscriptions (e.g., marketing, set-top box management), a €50 million reduction in technical and broadcasting-related costs as well as a €150 million decrease in program production and publishing costs.”

It said the full effects of the plan would be seen in 2018 with savings of €60-80m expected already this year.

Mounting losses

According to Vivendi’s first half 2016 results, which were announced on Thursday (Aug 25), Canal+ France losses rose to €106m, against €47m for the same period in 2015.

The conglomerate said that »

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Aardman promotes Alison Taylor to head of sales and acquisitions

25 August 2016 6:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Alix Wiseman, previously in the role, has left the animation studio after ten years.

Aardman Animations, the company behind Shaun The Sheep and Wallace And Gromit, has promoted Alison Taylor to head of sales and acquisitions.

The move is part of a wider restructure following the departure of previous incumbent in the role Alix Wiseman, who has left the company after ten years.

Taylor, who was previously senior sales manager at Aardman and has been at the studio for 12 years, will now be responsible for the global distribution of Aardman’s portfolio. She will be aiming to expand the team as part of the ongoing restructure.

Further changes to the team include the senior distribution and acquisitions manage Robin Gladman taking a more active role in growing the studio’s portfolio, and the recent appointment of Ruth Preston to sales manager for Central and Eastern Europe, Benelux, Latin America and South Africa.

Sean Clarke, head of »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in August

1 August 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Ah, August, that glorious month when summer officially overstays its welcome and everyone begins praying for a respite from the blistering temperatures. With kids staying home on summer break and working stiffs having already blown through their vacation days by mid-June, there's no better time for an extended hunker-down in the living room. Netflix teams with Baz Luhrmann for a frenetic new birth-of-hip-hop drama, David Cross gives his acerbic State of the Union address in a new special, and a recent Coen brothers masterpiece comes online. Top off that iced »

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Brexit Fallout: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Star Wars,’ and Oscar Favorites Could Face Trouble

24 June 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Update: “Game of Thrones” producers have told Entertainment Weekly that the Brexit vote will not affect production on the HBO series.]

Brexit has already brought crashing markets and Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation. It’s reasonable to believe that the financing and production of the biggest TV and film productions could soon follow suit. Here’s a breakdown of the major categories that could feel the impact.

Large Hollywood Productions

The Star Wars franchise is one of many blockbusters that shoots at Pinewood, a top-notch UK soundstage. “Game of Thrones” makes great use of the green field of Northern Ireland.  “Outlander” creates it’s magical universe in Scottish castles and countrysides.  All told, Hollywood sends 10%-12% of its productions — and billions of dollars — to the UK.

Hollywood is attracted to shoot in the U.K. because of tax incentives which save 25% on up to 80% of total production costs.  These rebates are now in jeopardy due to Brexit. It is possible that the British government could decide to continue these incentives on their own. »

- Chris O'Falt

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Studiocanal Acquires Paddington Bear Brand, Plans Third Paddington Movie

20 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Vivendi’s Studiocanal, Europe’s biggest film-tv production-distribution company, has acquired Paddington and Company and the Copyrights Group, two purchases that give Studiocanal full ownership of nearly all of the Paddington Bear brand worldwide.

The deal marks Studiocanal’s first acquisition of an iconic European intellectual property. It comes as Studiocanal and parent Vivendi have identified the ownership and exploitation of European properties, especially big, resonant European culture icons, as one of its cardinal growth strategies.

Studiocanal is also “committed” to a third Paddington movie, Studiocanal chairman-ceo Didier Lupfer said. “Paddington 2,” produced by David Heyman (“Harry Potter,” “Gravity”) and directed by Paul King, is gearing up to go into production in October, tracking for a late 2017 release.

Unveiled on Monday, the acquisition of Paddington and Company and the Copyrights Group gives Studiocanal filmed and TV usage of the classic children’s book character, as well as use of »

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At 40, Aardman Animations Stays Stubbornly Eccentric

10 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In 1995, at pretty much the midpoint of Aardman Animations’ 40-year history, the Bristol-based cartoon studio’s co-founders, Peter Lord and David Sproxton, hatched the crazy idea of making a feature-length stop-motion film. It would be a send-up of the classic prison-break movie “The Great Escape.”

But starring chickens.

“It was really kind of a freak idea,” recalls Lord, who directed what became “Chicken Run,” the first of Aardman’s six features.

This was shortly before Pixar launched the CG revolution with “Toy Story,” and though Aardman was about to win its third Oscar for the Wallace and Gromit short “A Close Shave” [incidentally, the project in which it introduced hit character Shaun the Sheep], hardly anyone was making big-screen cartoon. In fact, apart from the work Henry Selick was doing for producer Tim Burton in the United States [most notably “A Nightmare Before Christmas”], the idea of an entire movie in stop-motion seemed outlandish.

“Audiences love that sense of tangibility, the sense that it isn’t perfect.” David Sproxton

But then, »

- Peter Debruge

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At 40, Aardman Animations Stays Stubbornly Eccentric

10 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In 1995, at pretty much the midpoint of Aardman Animations’ 40-year history, the Bristol-based cartoon studio’s co-founders, Peter Lord and David Sproxton, hatched the crazy idea of making a feature-length stop-motion film. It would be a send-up of the classic prison-break movie “The Great Escape.”

But starring chickens.

“It was really kind of a freak idea,” recalls Lord, who directed what became “Chicken Run,” the first of Aardman’s six features.

This was shortly before Pixar launched the CG revolution with “Toy Story,” and though Aardman was about to win its third Oscar for the Wallace and Gromit short “A Close Shave” [incidentally, the project in which it introduced hit character Shaun the Sheep], hardly anyone was making big-screen cartoon. In fact, apart from the work Henry Selick was doing for producer Tim Burton in the United States [most notably “A Nightmare Before Christmas”], the idea of an entire movie in stop-motion seemed outlandish.

“Audiences love that sense of tangibility, the sense that it isn’t perfect.” David Sproxton

But then, »

- Peter Debruge

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Aardman partners with Nintendo to bring Shaun the Sheep to Super Mario Maker

2 June 2016 6:28 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Nintendo has announced that it has partnered up with Oscar-winning studio Aardman to welcome Shaun the Sheep into its award-winning game, Super Mario Maker for Wii U.

Responsible for creating some of the world’s best-loved and most recognisable characters, Aardman worked closely with Nintendo to carefully bring Shaun’s Mossy Bottom Farm into the Mushroom Kingdom, and the final result presents players with un-bleat-able fun and frolics.

The action takes place in a brand new Event Course called Shaun’s Mossy Mole Mischief, inspired by Shaun’s home, Mossy Bottom Farm, where Mario encounters mischievous Monty Moles, crazy contraptions and silly secrets. Once completed, the player unlocks a Shaun the Sheep costume that allows Mario to take on Shaun’s appearance!

From head to hoof, the costume completely transforms our hero and gives him the woolly look of Shaun the Sheep. He’s not guilty of pulling the wool over players’ eyes however, »

- Gary Collinson

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What has the EU ever done for my … TV viewing?

31 May 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Shows including Jamaica Inn and Shaun the Sheep were partly funded by the European Union – just one reason why the television industry opposes Brexit

Television in Britain has come a long way since the days of the “Europudding” – costly 1980s drama flops involving several European countries that no one wanted to watch.

International co-productions of high-quality TV dramas are now commonplace and made with a global audience in mind. UK programme-makers increasingly turn to partners in the Us, Australia and New Zealand, and Europe also plays its part.

Related: What has the EU ever done for my … town?

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- John Plunkett

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Aardman Alumnus Darren Walsh to Direct ‘Danny Diamondback’

25 May 2016 7:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Aardman Animation alumnus Darren Walsh is set to direct animated feature film “Danny Diamondback,” based on the children’s novella written by Barry Jackson. Jackson has penned the script and will be heading up production design on the project. Kaleidoscope Film Distribution is handling worldwide sales on the pic.

“Danny Diamondback” tells the story of a young rattlesnake with an oversized talent in his tail. When his parents are captured, Danny befriends Tito, a fun-loving cockroach who soon discovers that Danny’s rattle is just the beat he has been missing. Together they form a band. As word of their remarkable new sound spreads, an outdoor concert is proposed.

As the lights fade, Danny shreds his rattle. As his rolls and riffs drift far off into the darkness his parents hear them. Recognizing his unique style, they immediately begin the perilous journey to be reunited with their son.

Walsh has »

- Leo Barraclough

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Kaleidoscope selling animation 'Danny Diamondback'

16 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Shaun The Sheep director Darren Walsh will helm the feature.

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (Kfd) is handling world sales on animated feature Danny Diamondback, which Aardman Animation alumni Darren Walsh (Shaun The Sheep TV series) will direct the story of a young rattlesnake with a musical talent in his tail.

The film is based on the children’s novella of the same name, first published by Harper Collins and written by illustrator and production designer Barry Jackson (How The Grinch Stole Christmas).

Jackson has written the script and will be heading up production design on the project.

Siege Train Studios’ Curtis Augspurger (Valiant), Matthew Hampton and Cora Palfrey will produce the film alongside Jackson. Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale) will serve as executive producer.  »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Elevation, Anton Corp in slate finance deal

10 May 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Laurie May and Noah Segal’s Canadian distributor and Anton Corp, which Harold van Lier has joined as partner, announced in Cannes they will team up on 20-25 films a year.

The slate co-financing partners will invest in films that include content from Elevation’s output deals with backer Black Bear Pictures, as well as Bleecker Street Films and Bold Films.

“We are thrilled to partner with Anton and work with Sébastien Raybaud and Harold van Lier to continue to build our slate of critically acclaimed and commercially successful films,” said Elevation Pictures co-presidents May and Segal.

“This collaboration, including some films to be brought by Anton, as well as Canadian co-productions, will elevate our slate to the next level.”

Anton will invest in an Elevation slate that includes Mother’s Day starring Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts, Free State Of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey, Michael Keaton starrer The Founder, Oliver Stone’s [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cannes: ‘Paddington 2’ Sets Production Date

10 May 2016 9:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Produced by David Heyman, “Paddington 2” will go into production in October in the U.K., Studiocanal confirmed Tuesday at Cannes. Film is also for sale at the Cannes market making it in all likelikhood the biggest-budgeted movie to be sold in the marketplace this year. The original “Paddington” was budgeted at $55 million and grossed nearly $270 million worldwide.

No cast is set but after the smash-hit success of the original “Paddington,”  it is expected that Ben Whishaw (Paddington) along with Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins will reprise their roles.

Directed again by Paul King, and co-written by King and Simon Farnaby, “Paddington 2” will be released on Nov. 24 2017 in the U.K. according to Studiocanal’s Rodolphe Buet.

The second installment is distributed by Studiocanal in the U.K., France, Germany and Australia/New Zealand, where it runs its direct distribution operations. The Peruvian bear comedy is fully-financed by Studiocanal, »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Canada’s Elevation Pictures and Anton Corp. Ink Slate Financing Deal

10 May 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Canadian distrib Elevation Pictures has inked a multi-year slate co-financing deal with Sebastien Raynaud’s Europe-based investment outfit Anton Corp.

Under the deal, Anton will partner on Elevation’s acquisition slate of around 20-25 pics per year ranging from elevated commercial films to prestige driven titles, including those from its output deals with Black Bear Pictures, Bleeker Street and Bold Films.

The strategic partnership will give Elevation, which is backed by Teddy Schwartzman’s Black Bear Pictures, the muscle to target opportunities to built its slate, which has so far included titles such as “The Imitation Game” and “Room.” Anton is on board to back releases from the indie disturb such as Garry Marshall’s “Mother’s Day,” Garry Ross’ “Free State of Jones,” John Lee Hancock’s “The Founder,” starring Michael Keaton and Oliver Stone’s “Snowden.”

“This collaboration with the excellent team at Elevation Pictures and Teddy Schwartzman »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Win ‘Robinson Crusoe’ movie merchandise

10 May 2016 7:14 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Robinson Crusoe sailed into cinemas on the 6th May, and to celebrate the release we are giving away some Robinson Crusoe merchandise to three lucky winners!

From the makers of A Turtle’s Tale and The House of Magic comes a fun-filled adventure in eye-popping 3D for the whole family to enjoy.

When Robinson Crusoe is washed up onto a tiny island after a violent storm, he realises that his only chance of survival is through the help of the exotic island animals. It isn’t easy at first, as the animals don’t speak “human.” But slowly but surely, they all start living together in harmony, until one day, when their comfortable life is overturned by two savage cats, who wish to take control of the island…

Watch the trailer here:

To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question:

What type of animal is Robinson’s friend, »

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Aardman confirms new project, Eddie Redmayne lending voice

9 May 2016 10:27 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Eddie Redmayne is to provide the lead voice in Nick Park and Aardman's next movie, Early Man...

Whenever we have a rare moment where we despair of things, we like to remind ourselves that the wonderful Aardman exists. A company that time and time again has shown the value of storytelling, character and exemplary animation, the announcement of a new Aardman movie is surely cause for a national holiday.

Which is clearly our attempt to get the day off.

That notwithstanding, Aardman has revealed its new film, and it's called Early Man. What's more, for the first time since Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, Nick Park is directing. Mark Burton, co-director of the excellent Shaun The Sheep: The Movie, is working on the script.

Early Man is a movie set at the dawn of time, when woolly mammoths and prehistoric creatures were still around. »

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Eddie Redmayne Cast in Aardman Studios’ ‘Early Man’

9 May 2016 1:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eddie Redmayne has been cast in Aardman Studios’ upcoming prehistoric comedy adventure “Early Man.”

Directed by Nick Park, the stop-frame pic is co-financed by Studiocanal, representing the second union between Europe’s two premier animation forces: the duo last teamed on 2015’s “Shaun the Sheep.”

Redmayne is the first cast member announced in the toon, which is set at the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth. The Brit thesp will voice the role of plucky caveman Dug who, along with his sidekick Hognob, unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game.

It marks Park’s first feature film since Oscar-winning “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.”

Pic is skidded for an early 2018 release. Studiocanal will distribute the title in the U.K., France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand and is selling worldwide rights for the pic. »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Major new British animation studio inks Paramount deal

5 May 2016 12:47 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Britain's first high-end CG feature animation studio is making three films with Paramount Pictures...

Now this is exciting.

It’s been a few years since Sarah Smith – director of Arthur Christmas – confirmed to us that she was in the infancy of setting up a big new British animation studio. Locksmith Animation launched in 2014, and has been developing projects since then. And now, there’s big progress, as it’s inked a deal with Paramount Pictures to make a series of CG animated movies.

Three films are in the works at the moment, the first of which will go into production in the next year. The unnamed project will be released in 2020, and the aim is to continue with an ongoing slate of films beyond that.

Locksmith – named after its founders Sarah Smith and Shaun The Sheep: The Movie producer Julie Lockhart – will be Britain’s first »

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Win movie merchandise from Robinson Crusoe

2 May 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Robinson Crusoe on 6th May, we’ve been given 5 sets of merchadise including a colouring book, a sticker book, an activity sheet and a DVD bundle of House of Magic, Shaun The Sheep and Paddington to give away. When Robinson Crusoe is washed up onto a tiny island after a

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