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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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The Death and Life of Otto Bloom opens Miff

Rachel Ward and Matilda Brown star in The Death and Life of Otto Bloom.

The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, starring Xavier Samuel, Rachel Ward and Matilda Brown, will open this year's Melbourne International Film Festival.

The film, directed by Cris Jones, chronicles the life and great love of Bloom (Samuel), a man who experiences time in reverse — passing backwards through the years while remembering the future.

The Death and Life of Otto Bloom is Jones' first feature.

The full program for the festival will be revealed on July 5.

Jones said it was an honour and a joy to have his first feature opening Miff..

"For me, Miff is more than a celebration of film," he said..

"It is a family and a home. The festival has played an enormous role in my journey as a filmmaker, and without the support of the Premiere Fund, this film would not exist.
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Perry, Whoever Was Using This Bed and Young Labor headline St Kilda Film Fest

St Kilda Film Festival.

The St Kilda Film Festival has revealed its 2016 lineup with films including Perry, Whoever was Using This Bed and Young Labor leading the pack.

The Festival will kick off at the Palais Theatre with about 3,000 industry guests and film-lovers on the red carpet to sample a selection of the best shorts from the 2016 program..

For the second year, the St Kilda Town Hall will be transformed into a cinema to host Australia.s top 100 short films, music videos, archival footage, international programs, youth screenings and an extensive filmmaker development program.

Festival Director Paul Harris said he was delighted to announce a world-class line up of short films created by some of Australia.s most talented filmmakers..

Highlights from Australia.s Top 100 short film program include the world premiere of the Matt Day directed, Perry, starring Toby Schmitz, Ryan Johnson, Adrienne Pickering.

Perry tells the story of
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Claudia Karvan to claim 2016 Chauvel Award

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Australian actress Claudia Karvan is set to receive the 2016 Chauvel Award as part of the 14th annual Gold Coast Film Festival..

The Chauvel Award, named in honour of Charles Chauvel, commenced in 1993 and acknowledges an individual who has made significant contribution to Australian cinema.

On April 9, the Gold Coast Film Festival will welcome audiences to David Stratton In Conversation With Claudia Karvan..

The night will be an intimate look at Karvan.s career, accompanied by footage from her films and moderated by film critic and previous Chauvel Award recipient, David Stratton..

Stratton said he was looking forward to the event.

.I have known Claudia since she started acting and even appeared in a film with her once — something I.m certain will be referred to in our informal chat," he said. .

"Her career has gone from strength to strength, and she is unquestionably one of our finest actors..

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Jan Chapman, Melanie Coombs and Alan Finney to judge Chauvel Award

The Gold Coast Film Festival has secured Jan Chapman, Melanie Coombs and Alan Finney to be part of its 2016 Chauvel Award committee.

Chapman, producer of the AFI Best Film winner, Lantana and Academy Award winner The Piano, and 2002 Chauvel Award recipient, will join the committee this year alongside Coombs, producer of the Academy Award winner Harvie Krumpet and Finney, a film industry veteran actor and producer..

Film critic David Stratton, Screen Queensland chief executive, Tracey Vieira and Bond University.s Professor Bruce Molloy have also been announced as 2016 Chauvel Committee members.

The Chauvel Award, named in honour of Charles Chauvel, acknowledges an individual who has made significant contribution to Australian cinema..

The award was previously part of the Brisbane International Film Festival and past recipients of the Award have included producer Anthony Buckley, directors George Miller and Rolf de Heer, actors Bryan Brown and Geoffrey Rush, cinematographer John Seale and
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17-year-old crowned Best Filmmaker at Bufta Awards

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High School student Elizabeth Cullen has been crowned Best Filmmaker at the Bond University Film and Television Awards for her short film The Artist..

The 17-year-old, from Cairns State High School, won Best Overall Filmmaker and Best Directing at the Bufta Gala Awards ceremony on Saturday night (November 28), earning her a full scholarship to Bond University on the Gold Coast to study a Bachelor of Film and Television.

She is one of only two females to win the top award in the event.s 20 year history.

The most awarded film of this year.s Awards was After Tracy, by Darwin High School student Nathaniel Kelly who took home the prizes for Best Drama, Best Cinematography, the Dean.s Choice Award and the Jury Prize, which included a 25 per cent scholarship to Bond University to study a Bachelor of Film and Television.

The event was hosted by Academy Award winning Australian 'clayographer' Adam Elliot,
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Banner year for Oz feature docs

This is a golden era for Australian feature documentaries as typified by the five critically-acclaimed titles in contention for the best feature doc prize at the fifth Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.

Maya Newell.s Gayby Baby, Michael Ware and Bill Guttentag.s Only the Dead, Jen Peedom.s Sherpa, Damon Gameau.s That Sugar Film and Gillian Armstrong.s Women He.s Undressed are the nominees.

The Aacta Awards will be presented in Sydney in December, with the Seven Network telecasting the major awards on December 9.

Also revealed today were the nominees for best short animation and best short fiction film. In the running for the former are Adam Elliot.s Ernie Biscuit, Joe Brumm.s The Meek, Mikey Hill.s The Orchestra and Janette Goodey and John Lewis. The Story of Percival Pilts.

The nominees for best short fiction are Matt Holcomb.s Flat Daddy,
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Interview: Adam Elliot On Being An Animator, Winning An Oscar And Feeling Like An Outsider

Adam Elliot, Oscar winner for the short film Harvie Krumpet and director of the beloved feature Mary And Max, has recently released his latest film Ernie Biscuit. I got the chance to chat with Adam about his films, his characters and his life.Hugo Ozman: Ernie Biscuit is the first film that you have made since Mary And Max came out in 2009. What took you so long to give audiences another film?Adam Elliot:There are quite a few reasons why it has taken me so long to make another film. The main reason is after Mary and Max, I was mentally and physically spent and despite the wonderful successes of the film, I lost my sense of self and became quite depressed. Having to live up...

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Review: Ernie Biscuit Is Deliciously Good

He has a funny name. He's got a disability. He is terribly lonely... He is Ernie Biscuit, a deaf Parisian taxidermist. If you are thinking to yourself that his story couldn't be too interesting, you are mistaken. Great storytellers can bring the most unusual characters to life, put him or her in the most unexpected situations and create the most unforgettable stories. And Adam Elliot, director of the short film about Biscuit, is an amazing storyteller. After making his first short film trilogy (Uncle, Cousin and Brother), Elliot won an Academy Award for Harvie Krumpet, his 2003 short film about a man with Tourette's Syndrome. He followed that up with his only feature film to date, Mary And Max, which is about an unlikely friendship between...

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Mary And Max Director's Ernie Biscuit Is Travelling The World

Australian animator Adam Elliot won an Oscar for his short film Harvie Krumpet and went on to direct his much loved feature film Mary And Max. It has since been five long years and Elliot is finally back with a new film - a short titled "Ernie Biscuit". Ernie Biscuit is a "deaf Parisian Taxidermist whose life gets turned upside down and back to front when a dead pigeon arrives on his doorstep". Mr Biscuit was first introduced to the world at the Sydney Film Festival. He then traveled to Europe for the Annecy International Animation Festival in France and Edinburgh International Film Festival in the UK. Next, he will continue his journey around the world by returning to Australia for the Melbourne International Film Festival before...

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Blu-Ray Releases: Jan. 27 – Feb. 2

Welcome to another weekly preview of upcoming Blu-Ray releases! You may notice that we’ve implemented some design changes; sometimes a new look can go a long way.

This week, Hotel Transylvania makes Club Med look like a daycare, the Die Hard: 25th Anniversary Collection explodes onto store shelves, and a slew of Oscar winning short films get a home release.

Ready for this week’s Blu-Ray releases? Then read on.

Hotel Transylvania

Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, and Andy Samberg.

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky

A computer-animated comedy film directed by the creator of the totally-underrated Samurai Jack. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

Plot: Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them.
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Sight and Sound, Mary and Max, and the Absence of Animation in the recent Top Tens

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A musing on the absence of animation from the Sight and Sound poll and a shameless attempt to shed light on a neglected gem from the genre.

The Sight and Sound poll is out and the dust has settled. A nun has sent Orson Welles plummeting from the top spot and a new film reigns supreme (Vertigo, not Sister Act). Almost everything that could be said has been said (Fall of Kane! Rise of Hitch! No Michael Bay?) but the poll was just as notable for it’s omissions as it was for the Top Ten.

Alongside the sharp pang I felt just above the left kidney when seeing the lack of Woody Allen in the top 50, another notable presence missing was that of animation. Just as Jim Emerson has noted the lack of funny in the list at his Scanners blog and Nick Goundry has used this very site
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Screen Australian invests in five short films

Screen Australia has invested in five short films this week, including the directorial debut of popular children's author and illustrator Graeme Base.

The Gallant Captain, adapted from Base's own picture book The Legend of the Golden Snail, was one of two films selected to share in $300,000 of financing as part of the Short Animation Production Program. The story, a child's pirate fantasy, will be co-directed by Base and producer Katrina Mathers (Nullarbor).

The second recipient, stop-motion sand animation short The Crossing, will be animated, written and directed by visual artist Marieka Walsh and producer Donna Chang. The Crossing is the pair's second sand animated short film, their previous collaboration The Hunter recently screened at the SXSW festival.

Previous shorts funded through the agency's animation program include the Oscar-winning films The Lost Thing and Harvie Krumpet.

After an intensive three-month development process, three live action films have also been selected to
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Animalia author to direct first animated short film

Australian children’s author and illustrator Graeme Base, whose work includes Animalia and The Eleventh Hour, is to make his film directorial debut.

Base will co-direct with Katrina Mathers the film The Gallant Captain, an adaptation of his book The Legend of the Golden Snail.

Mathers with Daryl Munton of The Lampshade Collective was behind last year’s The Nullabor which won Sydney Film Festival’s Best Animated Short Film Award at both the Sydney Film Festival 2011 and the Aacta Awards 2012.

The short film has received funding from Screen Australia through the agency’s short animation production program.

Also to receive funding from Screen Australia is The Crossing, a stop-motion sand animation from writer/director/animator and visual artists Marieka Walsh. Sand animation is the use of sand on a lighted piece of glass to create each frame.

The film follows on from the success of Walsh’s team with The Hunter,
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Short Film Showcase - Destino (2003)

Destino, 2003.

Directed by Dominique Monfery.

Written by Salvador Dali, John Hench and Donald W. Ernst.

Destino is an animated short that first began as a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali in 1945, with Dali and Disney artist John Hench working on storyboards and producing 15 seconds of animation before the project was put on hiatus due to the studio's financial concerns. The short was later discovered by Roy E. Disney during production of Fantasia 2000, and French animator Dominique Monfery was brought in to direct the short based on the original storyboards and using traditional hand drawn animation and CGI in addition to Hench's original footage.

Described by Disney as "a simple love story", Destino is a surreal and experimental work that features classic Dali imagery set to a haunting melody from the Mexican composer Armando Dominguez. The short premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 2003 and went
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Mary and Max Review | Take This Sinking Boat And Point It Home

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As a child, I loved the twisted works of Shel Silverstein and Roald Dahl. Rather than the lame ass, wrapping a moral around sparkly ponies or talking farm equipment that most children's stories rely on, they seemed more edgy. You learned a lesson, or got your warm fuzzies at the end of their works, but there was a naughty and kind of sinister edge. My favorite story was "George's Marvelous Medicine," which was essentially the account of an eight-year-old child who destroys his grandmother with the use of household chemicals. There was no moral at the end. It was simply insane and dastardly fun. Horrible, horrible things happened, including death and cruelty, but that's there in life too.

I mention this because as a genre, animation often gets sloughed off as a means to use brainwashing and bright colors to market toys to drooling children. But there are some very
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Mary and Max - film review

The Australian stop-motion animator Adam Elliot, who won an Oscar for his 2004 short Harvie Krumpet, works laboriously with deliberately lumpy clay figures, and his first full-length film concerns two withdrawn pen pals who never meet. Mary (voiced by Toni Collette) is a slow-witted Australian from a Melbourne suburb, Max (Philip Seymour Hoffman) an overweight Jewish New Yorker suffering from Asperger's syndrome, one of the symptoms of which is collecting his own toenails. It is a sad, whimsical, uncomfortably comic film, touching rather than tragic, and overlong. The sly commentary is spoken by Barry Humphries who knows a bit about the suburbs of Melbourne.

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Trailer Park: Ice Road Truckers, Green Zone, Blood On The Highway, Mary And Max, How The Earth Was Made: Season 2, It Came From Kuchar

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By Christopher Stipp

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Ice Road Truckers - DVD Review

I once had a job where it was my job to obtain truck freight.

As I made my way all across the Us I realized that everything that we get in this country is obtained by the trucking industry. Bottom line. From the keyboards that you and I write on, the chairs we sit in, the produce and food we eat, the clothes we wear, everything gets here by truck.

That’s why knowing this information makes for a good primer in understanding why Season Three of Ice Road Truckers is such a thrill to watch. While not necessarily family entertainment, some of these road dogs are a bit salty, the program continues to feed my
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[DVD Review] Mary & Max

Many movies barter sentimentality to the audience with what strikes me as irresponsible abandon – the latest Nicholas Sparks novel adaptation is an easy target, but it is a fine line between appearing genuine and forcing manipulative drivel down (unfortunately) willing throats. The presence of authentic sincerity should be treasured and regarded as a rarity, and that’s what makes Adam Elliot’s Mary and Max such a surprising film just shy of masterpiece status.

Written, directed and designed by Elliot, who won an Oscar in 2004 for the 23-minute animated short Harvie Krumpet (which is included on this DVD), Mary and Max is Elliot’s first feature and clearly a labor of love, painstaking in detail and played out in claymation over the course of 90-odd minutes. Were this a 2D animated film, or even a 3D venture, I would hesitate showering it with as much praise as I intend to apply to Mary and Max,
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DVD Playhouse: June 2010

DVD Playhouse—June 2010

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Allen Gardner

The White Ribbon (Sony) On the eve of Ww I, a small village in Germany is struck by a series of tragic, seemingly unconnected events until the townspeople, and the audience, start to connect the dots. Shot in stark, beautiful black & white, director Michael Haneke has fashioned a haunting metaphorical drama that is as coldly chilling as anything made by Ingmar Bergman, and darkly unsettling as anything from the canon of David Lynch. A rich, tough, brilliant cinematic experience you’re not likely to forget. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bd bonuses: Interviews with cast and crew; featurettes. Widescreen Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.

Alice In Wonderland (Disney) Tim Burton’s take on the Lewis Carroll classic finds young Alice (Mia Wasikowska), a 19th century girl who finds herself in an unhappy engagement to a boorish suitor, tumbling down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, where she encounters magical cakes,
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