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Shaun the Sheep photo
Shaun the Sheep

Teaser trailer for Shaun the Sheep the Movie

Where the heck is my Sheep in the Big City movie?
Sep 02
Aardman Animations, the company that brought us Wallace & Gromit and that cute Pirates! Band of Misfits movie, now has a full film adaptation of their Shaun the Sheep shorts. While it has no domestic release date, it's t... read
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Usagi Yojimbo

Watch this stop motion Usagi Yojimbo short, The Last Request

Aug 18
While Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently overturtlepowering the box office, let's not forget another anthropomorphic comic book hero, Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo. Usagi, a rabbit samurai, once hung out with the turtles... read

Laika releases adorable character posters for The Boxtrolls

Jul 18
If you aren't excited about The Boxtrolls, you should be. Laika, the animation studio that's brought us stop-motion gems like Coraline and Paranorman, is currently working on The Boxtrolls, a movie set in the fictional Cheese... read

Flix for Short: Butter Ya'Self (NSFW)

A stop motion rap about food
Jun 27
Presenting: Butter Ya'Self, a stop-motion animation of food rapping about food. You're welcome. Butter Ya'Self was created by a bunch of people at CalArts, but specifically by Julian Petschek. The characters are all voiced b... read
The Boxtrolls Trailer photo
The Boxtrolls Trailer

First full trailer for Laika's The Boxtrolls is super cute

Let it be September already, please.
Jun 12
We've had a few short teasers for Laika's upcoming adaptation of the Alan Snow novel, Here Be Monsters, here and there but now we have a full trailer dishing out those all important story bits (a group of bad guys want ... read
NF: Nightmare photo
On the fifth day of Flixmas my true Nick gave to me...Five Pumpkin Kings
If you've ever stepped into a Hot Topic or talked to a thirteen year old during their "dark" phase, chances are you've heard of The Nightmare Before Christmas. How and why did it blow up the way it did? It's a great film... read feature

The Boxtrolls Teaser photo
The Boxtrolls Teaser

Teaser Trailer: The Boxtrolls

"Families come in all shapes and sizes. Even rectangles."
Jul 03
Here's a short teaser trailer for Laika's (the team that brought you Corpse Bride, Coraline, and one of the best films of 2012, ParaNorman) upcoming project The Boxtrolls (which is based on the Alan Snow novel Here... read
RIP Ray Harryhausen photo
A fond farewell to one of the legends of movie magic
Ray Harryhausen, the legendary special effects pioneer, stop-motion animator, and creature creator, died today at the age of 92. Harryhausen's work has influenced generations of filmmakers and special effects artists, and hol... read feature


ParaNorman creators to make The Boxtrolls

Not sure what Boxtrolls are, but sure to be awesome
Feb 07
ParaNorman is the movie that should be winning best animated picture awards left and right, but isn't because it had nowhere near as big a budget or marketing push. But everyone who saw it loved it and the fine folks at ... read

Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio put on the back burner

Now he'll never become a real boy
Feb 01
I suppose the laws of probability would dictate that out of the million or so projects Guillermo Del Toro has on his plate at any given time, at least a couple aren't going to come to fruition. That doesn't excuse how depress... read
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Which movies came out on top in 2012?
In recent years, a lot of animated movies have been formulaic and underwhelming, but 2012 brought us the variety and quality that has been missing in the genre for a while. Sure, Disney brought back Beauty and the Beast, Find... read feature


Two behind the scenes clips from ParaNorman Blu-ray

It releases today! Go buy it!
Nov 27
I reviewed ParaNorman back in August and found it to be pretty fantastic, due in no small part to the mind blowingly detailed stop-motion animation. With the Blu-ray/DVD releasing today, a couple of promotional cli... read

These new Frankenweenie posters are all vintagey and cute

Oct 01
To help ring in the month of "Monstober," Disney has released six new posters for Tim Burton's recently released stop-motion movie Frankenweenie. The movie's story centers around a young Victor Frankenstein who brings his bel... read
Is this Tim Burton's return to form or another Dark Shadows?
Let's be real: Tim Burton hasn't exactly been churning out hits lately. Between Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows, it's hard to have a lot of faith in the man anymore. What seemed to be passion projects seem more and more ... read feature


Behind the scenes video: The faces of ParaNorman

Aug 21
We all know somewhere in the back of our heads that stop motion animation takes an insane amount of work, but it isn't until you see behind the scenes things like the above video that you really begin to understand just how ... read

I think there's a point in everyone's childhood where one feels displaced from their surroundings and possibly alienated from their friends and family. It's just a part of growing up and it helps us appreciate ourselves as in... read feature


Trailer: Paranorman

Aug 15
Why isn't Paranorman out yet?!? I know it comes out in two days, but man is it a long wait. This trailer just serves to present more of John Goodman's goodness and the sweet, sweet ear candy of the film's score. It's th... read

Brothers Quay retrospective starts at MoMA 8/12

Aug 09
For the New Yorkers out there, the Museum of Modern Art begins a massive retrospective on The Brothers Quay starting Sunday, August 12th. You may know The Brothers Quay best for their creepy yet oddly beautiful works of stop-... read

Flix for Short: Batman: The Dark Knightfall

Aug 06
Playing with Batman toys has never looked this good. Derek Kwok and Henri Wong of Parabucks, a company that specializes in cool looking visual effects (check some out here), painstakingly took the super detailed Hot Toys Bat... read

Watch the hard work it takes to make Paranorman look good

Jul 30
I am unabashedly supportive of Laika's Paranorman. When it comes out in three weeks (August 17th!), I'm wrangling up a huge group of people to see it with me. To further prove that Paranorman will be the greatest thing ... read

Kickstart a stop motion Charlie Kaufman film

Jul 11
Here's a collection of words I didn't expect to see assembled in this order today but are nonetheless a pleasant sight: Starburns Industries has launched a Kickstarter for a stop motion animated film titled Anomalisa, written... read

Watch this cool 360 degree tour of Frankenweenie's sets

Jun 29
I always love behind the scenes things for stop motion films. It's so magical for me to have a look at the real scale of these puppets and sets with real people milling about and working in them. Disney has heard my desires f... read

8 new posters for Frankenweenie show off characters

Jun 20
While a lot of people nowadays think that Tim Burton has gone a little off his rocker, perhaps returning to stop-motion animation will bring back what we first loved about the ubiquitous director. His upcoming Frankenweenie i... read

Guillermo del Toro's will share the helm on his forthcoming 3D stop-motion Pinocchio with Mark Gustafson, it was announced today. Gustafson served as animation director on Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox after Henr... read feature


Flix for Short: The Eagleman Stag

May 10
You know an animated short is awesome when it's racking up awards like no tomorrow. The Eagleman Stag is about an entomologist's experiences when he discovers a new kind of beetle. It's more about the feeling than the actual... read

[This was originally posted under the UK title The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. It has been reposted to coincide with the US release.] Aardman are one of those rare companies almost impossible to dislike: they've... read feature


Tim Burton finds new favorite to write stop-motion script

Apr 10
We don't usually cover gossip here on Flixist, but Tim Burton's love life trumps previous policies. Burton's previous love affair with Johnny Depp has not gone unnoticed, as he casts the man in damn near all of his projects. ... read

Flix for Short: The Dark Knight Rises Trailer in LEGO

Mar 30
There's been a fine collection of Dark Knight Rises fan trailers and parody trailers over the last few months. There was the Dark Knight Rises/Lion King mash-up, the Sweded Dark Knight Rises trailer, and a really magnificent... read

First poster for Tim Burton's Frankenweenie

Feb 24
Here's the first poster for Tim Burton's upcoming Frankenweenie, featuring a scarred Frankentein's Monster-esque dog hiding behind a grave. The stop motion movie is about "Frankenweenie's" owner, a young boy who loses his bel... read

Flix for Short: The Joy of Books

Jan 16
Stop motion is one of those things that everyone can do, but not everyone can do well. It's really hard to get a smooth, realistic motion with the medium, especially on a larger scale. When you have a huge set with lots of m... read

New still and making of pics from Burton's Frankenweenie

Dec 29
Frankenweenie is Tim Burton's next venture in adorably morbid puppetry, with a story centering around a young boy bringing his dead dog back to life, and said dog wreaking havoc on the boy's neighborhood. We have a brand new ... read

Trailer: ParaNorman

Dec 12
A new trailer for ParaNorman is out! Hooray! In case you forgot, the movie follows a boy who can see dead people as he tries to protect his small town from said dead people. The last one made the movie look pretty creepy, an... read

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