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12:00 PM on 09.02.2014

Teaser trailer for Shaun the Sheep the Movie

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...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 08.18.2014

Watch this stop motion Usagi Yojimbo short, The Last Request

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...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 07.18.2014

Laika releases adorable character posters for The Boxtrolls

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...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 06.27.2014

Flix for Short: Butter Ya'Self (NSFW)

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...

Liz Rugg

10:00 AM on 06.12.2014

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

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 ...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 12.21.2013

Nick's Flixmas: The Nightmare Before Christmas

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...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 07.03.2013

Teaser Trailer: The Boxtrolls

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...

Nick Valdez

RIP Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013) photo
RIP Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)
by Hubert Vigilla

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 holds a special place in many people's hearts. Our condolences to Harryhausen's family and friends.

Some of my earliest and fondest memories come from Ray Harryhausen. I remember watching Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans, and Sinbad movies on VHS with my Uncle Mike (who is the reason I became a movie geek), and ditto Mysterious Island, The Valley of Gwangi, and Mighty Joe Young. For a good stretch in my early adolescence, I did my best to watch Harryhausen movies whenever they were on cable, because there was a genuine sense of magic and wonder in everything that he touched; he imparted life to his Dynamation monsters.

I also recall being at the San Diego Comic Con years ago and attending a panel with Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury, and Forrest Ackerman on stage together. It was a wonderful hour of anecdotes and reminiscences from three people whose fingerprints are still all over science fiction and fantasy. Though all three of these men have now passed away, their fingerprints will remain.

The Harryhausen family's official statement is included below.

[via Coming Soon]

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7:15 PM on 02.07.2013

ParaNorman creators to make The Boxtrolls

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 ...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 02.01.2013

Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio put on the back burner

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...

Thor Latham

Jenika's Top 5 Animated Movies of 2012 photo
Jenika's Top 5 Animated Movies of 2012
by Jenika Katz

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, Finding Nemo, and Monsters Inc. in 3D, and things like Madagascar 3 still exist, but there were enough new releases that the obvious money-grabs were not so odious. Plus, Finding Nemo in 3D was gorgeous, so shut up.

Animation is always a gamble, since impressive technique can go unnoticed due to a terrible story, and great writing is often watered down to appeal to more to a young audience than to the parents that accompany them. 2012 seemed to understand the dearth of high-quality animated films out there, and it really delivered. In a year that brought us a black-and-white movie about a dead dog, a princess movie without a prince, and three full-length stop motion films, which ones rose above the rest?

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11:00 AM on 11.27.2012

Two behind the scenes clips from ParaNorman Blu-ray

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...

Thor Latham

3:00 PM on 10.01.2012

These new Frankenweenie posters are all vintagey and cute

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...

Liz Rugg

Review: Frankenweenie photo
Review: Frankenweenie
by Jenika Katz

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 to be sad shadows of his former work, the sort of things generally reduced to mockery. Seeing Burton revive an old project might have once been exciting, but now it brings with it the dread that something once cherished might be completely ruined by whatever it is that this man has become.

So what, then, is Frankenweenie? Disney fired Burton when he brought his original short to them, unsure of what to do with his odd stylistic choices and a zombified animal. Over twenty years later, the short is back in a full length, paid for by the team that rejected it initially. Was it Burton that changed, or simply the material? What would have to differ in order for Disney to change their minds? Would Burton fans rejoice at his return to form or sadly shake their heads yet again at his lack of inspiration?

As it turns out, Frankenweenie might be just what both Burton and Disney were looking for, and the audience comes out on top.

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10:00 AM on 08.21.2012

Behind the scenes video: The faces of ParaNorman

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 ...

Liz Rugg

Review: ParaNorman photo
Review: ParaNorman
by Thor Latham

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 individuals before we finally get thrown back into the fold of society. For some kids though, being singled out isn't really a choice, and it isn't individualism that they need, but acceptance from those closest to them. Norman is one such kid. All he wants is for someone to listen, for someone to try and understand his plight, be it his sympathetic mother, his narrow-minded father, or his self centered cheer-leading sister. It's something a lot of us go through growing up, and it makes Norman instantly likable and easy to relate to. 

Of course, Norman can see and speak to the dead, so his problems probably dwarf most of ours.

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3:00 PM on 08.15.2012

Trailer: Paranorman

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...

Nick Valdez

7:00 PM on 08.09.2012

Brothers Quay retrospective starts at MoMA 8/12

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-...

Hubert Vigilla

3:00 PM on 08.06.2012

Flix for Short: Batman: The Dark Knightfall

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...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 07.30.2012

Watch the hard work it takes to make Paranorman look good

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 ...

Nick Valdez

7:00 PM on 07.11.2012

Kickstart a stop motion Charlie Kaufman film

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...

Jason Savior

6:00 PM on 06.29.2012

Watch this cool 360 degree tour of Frankenweenie's sets

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...

Alex Katz