The Ornament by Pat Dorian is a festive themed stop motion animation that's somewhat lacking in festive cheer. 

Via: quietearth.us


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MrDisgusting posted this over at bloody-disgusting.com and its really is a very cool bit of claymation. From youtube user 'takena' comes this excellent claymation short about a faithful maid and flesh munching zombies.

You can check out takena's website Here 

Via: www.bloody-disgusting.com


Paul Couvela' Cornucopia like Toxic is another great stop motion short that was featured on Fourmations (Showcase for animation on UK Channel 4) back in the 90's.Paul Couvela has since spent his time working on the hit UK animation for younger children Bob the Builder amongst other things

Via: YouTube "mlucifersam"


I first saw Toxic back in the 90's on Fourmations (Showcase for animation on UK Channel 4) and its quite possibly my favourite animated short ever. Andrew McEwan won a BAFTA for Best Animated Film for it back in 1991 and although he has gone on to work in Film and television mostly as Second Unit Director or Assistant Director he sadly does not seem to have made another animated film.

Music by: Simon Desorgher

Shame there's not a better quality version floating around.

Via: YouTube "mlucifersam"


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Written, directed and animated by Robert Morgan, The Cat With Hands is a multi-award-winning, 4-minute short from 2001. The project forms part of London-based Animus Film's output and was funded by Channel 4.

This film is "the story of a cat who, legend has it, longs to become human," but, based on a recurring nightmare from his sister's youth as it is, and being the product of creative mind with a certain interest in the macabre, this is about as far away from a cute kitty tale as you can get.

A devilishly dark delight well-rooted in the tradition of fairytales. Enjoy!


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Automatic Vaudeville Studios short animated film What They Ate.

Via: Twitch Film


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Two dim-witted exterminators are about to find there are more disturbing things than the sexual advances of their maniacal supervisor as they descend into a nightmarish world of indescribable terror.

Official Website

Via: www.quietearth.us


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Stop frame claymation by David Firth, Jimi Mwng and Crusty Crayfields.

www.fat-pie.com

Via: www.youtube.com/user/Doki66


Creating Coraline - Images

Above: Animator Chris Tootell readies Coraline to cross a snowy forest in Henry Selick's stop-motion animated 3-D adventure Coraline.

Creating Coraline - Images

Above: Animator Bartek Prusiewicz works outside the Pink Palace house/apartments complex situated on a soundstage.

Creating Coraline - Images

Stop motion animation fascinates me, marveling at the Dinosaurs of Jim Danforth and Roger Dicken in The Land that time forgot as a child. The maestro Ray Harryhausen work in everything he did and later the surrel imaginings of check master Jan Svankmajer. As well as creations like Morph the animated companion of the late great Tony Hart and top notch kids show The Trap Door. Apart from generally just loving the look of Stop motion the patience of its creators amazes me. Anyway check out the images above from Coraline.

You can view slightly larger versions over at our Virb page (click to enlarge them)

Above: Set construction supervisor Bo Henry makes final adjustments to one of the dozens of hand-crafted elaborate sets made for Coraline

Based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book and helmed by "The Nightmare Before Christmas" director Henry Selick, - is the first high definition, stop-motion animated feature to be shot in 3-D.

Coraline features he vocal talents of Dakota Fanning, Keith David, Dawn French, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Ian McShane and Jennifer Saunders.

Coraline - Trailer

Coraline - Images

www.coraline.com


Based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book and helmed by "The Nightmare Before Christmas" director Henry Selick, - is the first high definition, stop-motion animated feature to be shot in 3-D.

Coraline features he vocal talents of Dakota Fanning, Keith David, Dawn French, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Ian McShane and Jennifer Saunders.

Coraline - Images

Creating Coraline - Images (Behind the scenes)

www.coraline.com


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Based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book and helmed by "The Nightmare Before Christmas" director Henry Selick, - is the first high definition, stop-motion animated feature to be shot in 3-D. In the film, a young girl (voiced by Dakota Fanning) walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life - only much better. But when this wondrously off-kilter, fantastical adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit other mother (voiced by Teri Hatcher]) tries to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her stubborn determination, bravery, and the aid of her neighbors and a talking black cat to save her real parents and some ghost children and get back home.

Creating Coraline - Images (Behind the scenes)

Coraline - Trailer

www.coraline.com


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MUTO is a short film by Blu an ambiguous animation painted on public walls.
Made in Buenos Aires and in Baden (fantoche).

www.blublu.org 

Via: The Head of Alfredo Garcia


Eric Leiser's animated Short Forest

Eric's live action / animation feature Imagination comes to DVD in a couple of moths time (Feb 28 2008) via Vanguard International Cinema and you can pick up his shorts collection on DVD now.

Source: www.albinofawn.com (you can check out more of Leiser's work here)


Trailer for the animated short 'The Windmill Boy' from director Dan Richards.

There are also a couple of clips from the movie online: Clip 1 (The Storm) | Clip 2 (The Foraging Tree)

Also make sure you check out the "making of video" over at the films Myspace Page.

The Windmill Boy’ is a fantasy adventure, which tells the tale of a boy kept prisoner in a windmill by an evil horde, until one day a storm gives him the inspiration for escape. The story has been influenced by the style and themes of productions like Jim Henson’s ‘The Storyteller’ and ‘The Dark Crystal’ and animations like ‘Trapdoor’. (synopsis from stopmotionpro.com)

The film took 18 months to produce and was made on a very small budget. The film has been made as a piolt for a 28 minute special, which is currently being written.

I loved stuff like The Storyteller, The dark Crystal and really loved Trapdoor back in the day, so this really appeals to me.

www.windmillboy.co.uk


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Blood Tea And Red String is a handmade stop-motion fairy tale for adults.

Thirteen years in the making, Christiane Cegavske’s dialogue free film tells the tale of the struggle between the aristocratic White Mice and the rustic Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak over the doll of their heart’s desire.

The Mice commission the Oak Dwellers to create a beautiful doll for them. When she is complete, the Creatures fall in love with her and refuse to give her up. Resorting to thievery the Mice abscond with her in the middle of the night.

Meet fantastical creatures and view dazzling scenery as the Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak journey through this mystical land to reclaim their love. See the mice descend into debauchery as they become drunk on blood tea! See what happens when the Oak Dwellers eat the yellow fruit!

A heart rending musical score that was composed and performed by Mark Growden accompanies this disturbing and wondrous adventure.

Blood Tea And Red String Trailer at mystopmo.com | Trailer at the official site

Blood Tea And Red String webpage | www.myspace.com/bloodtearedstring


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