Laika Set Tour – Puppet Fabrication – Kubo and The Two Strings

Here’s a cool little video of a Laika Set tour… the most amazing takeaway for me is the incredible capes of the Sisters and the fur on the monkey. Hard to believe they pulled that off so well!

Mr Seed


FastCocreate has an article up about the reasoning behind this short film Mr Seed which talks about GMO farms and a healthier food system.

“Mr. Seed” is a five-minute animated short starring comedian Pete Holmes as an organic seed who goes on a cuss-filled rant on why you should consider more research on organic seed and be a bit more wary of the “GMO bros.” Chances are you’ve never thought about the sensual side of replicating drought-tolerant traits, either. Created by Austin-based agency The Butler Bros, and animation company Buck, it’s an unconventional swing to get people talking about seed. The Butler Bros. founder and strategic chief Adam Butler says Seed Matters wanted to leaven the conversation around seed, and help it become more important among people already engaged in the conversation about our food system.

Read the whole article here.

Lego Ghostbusters

The Ghostbusters girl power remake will be hitting the big screen next month, but the folks over at Digital Wizards Studios decided to pull out all the stops with their homage to the Ghostbusters franchise. Literally all the stops, because they used actual LEGOS and stop motion animation to film the five minute long clip that includes tons of cameos. Ever wondered how the Lego version of The Simpsons family would handle the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? Well, it’s in this epic clip that also has just about every other licensed character in the LEGO Universe. Seriously, you’ll need to watch it multiple times to pick up on everything.

If you’re thinking this video is completely superior to the amateur stop motion animated films you may have filmed in your youth, you’re totally right. Production of this short clip wasn’t easy nor was it cheap. Digital Wizards Studios spent over $100,000 on LEGO bricks and Minifigures. They also used the five most expensive LEGO products produced (Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Cafe Corner, Green Grocer and Mr. Gold) and in one scene over 120 unique Minifigures were used. So how long did it take? From start to finish the project took 2000 hours over the course of 5 months. Even though it’s less than five minutes, the watchability on this is so good it’ll hold you over until the feature length live action film comes out July 15.

Lotte Reiniger, animation pioneer, predated Walt Disney by more than a decade

Vox has an article about Lotte Reiniger – commemorated in today’s Google Doodle – who in 1926 released the first animated feature film which was apparently beat Disney to the punch by 10 years. The film was so unprecedented “no theatre dared show it.

Reiniger pioneered silhouette animation: Hand-making detailed black cardboard cutouts put together with wire hinges, she would bring her puppets to life by capturing small movements frame by frame on a multi-plane camera with a strong backlight. It took Reiniger, and her partner Charles Koch, three years and 96,000 frames to make The Adventures of Prince Achmed.

Aardman and Braun Create Magical Video ‘Beardimation’

Rotoscopers has an interesting and crazy stop motion commercial from Shaving and styling product company Braun and Aardman Animations who teamed up to create a magical and intriguing stop-motion short Beardimation.

From the article:

The animated film uses over fifty male beards to show the brand new Braun Styling Range. Aardman created the film by combining together the sequence of still images to create the “illusion of life.” The creative hair designs were aligned in a way that allowed the pattern to move effortlessly from one frame to the next, and projection guides for the animators were lined up well in advance of filming. Thus, creating perhaps one of the most precise showcases of stop-motion animation you will see.