Pioneers of Stop Motion Animation - Willis O'Brien

Pioneers Of Stop Motion Animation Is Amazing!

In my youth I had a vision of becoming a filmmaker. Not just your average Director however but one that focused on stop motion animation. This was because of a wonderful book from my Junior High School library that went into great detail on animation itself. Traditional cell, claymation, as well as the Pioneers of Stop Motion Animation. The major hurdle to this endeavor was the lack of getting my hands on a camera.

Although that would change when I made it to High School. However it is not as if I was able to produce animation worthy of those I admired. Of course I didn’t actually have a camcorder with which to attempt a short. My choice was an ancient camera that could be attached to an 100 lb VHS unit. I was forced to count to three seconds, since the VHS deck would roll back around two seconds after each “shot”. To add a little salve to my attempt, I will admit that at least I won an award for Gorp/Ed vs The Critters. I came in second place at the local public access awards show!

As a bonus you were able to see my Family moving about in the background while watching Dallas. As well as listening to the finest Commodore 64 music at the time, the second piece was from the game High Noon. Over the years I have managed to dabble in stop motion animation now and again, just as a hobby of course. Perhaps I will eventually piece them together for the internet to scoff and ridicule.

What no one in their right mind will scoff at though is Pioneers of Stop Motion Animation. Put together by Laird Jimenez for Birth.Movies.Death., it gives you a wonderful look at how the cinematic technique has progressed through the years. Ranging from the likes of J. Stuart Blackton’s The Haunted Hotel
Pioneers of Stop Motion Animation - J. Stuart Blackton

…Ladislas Starevich’s The Tale of the Fox and of course Willis O’Brien.
Pioneers of Stop Motion Animation - Ladislas Starevich

As well as his protege, the equally legendary Ray Harryhausen. The stop Motion animation maestro who brought us the likes of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Clash of the Titans, and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad to name a few!
Pioneers of Stop Motion Animation - Ray Harryhausen

Pioneers of Stop Motion Animation continues through artists like Art Clokey (Gumby), to Will Vinton and Phil Tippett’s work on Star Wars and Robocop!
Pioneers of Stop Motion Animation - Phil Tippett

Enjoy Pioneers of Stop Motion Animation and be sure to share your memories of the art form in the comments!

[Via] Birth.Movies.Death.

LEGO Batman

Check Out This Stop Motion LEGO Batman: The Animated Series Intro!

Things are certainly looking pretty good for LEGO at the moment. With their upcoming The LEGO Batman Movie hitting theaters next week. You could understandably believe that all the bases have been covered in regards to things involving both LEGO and Batman.

[Via] Warner Bros. Pictures

I must admit that I did a double take after watching that extended trailer. Are they actually showcasing the likes of The Gentleman Ghost?!
LEGO Batman

Moreover they also decided to shine the spotlight on Calendar Man?
LEGO Batman - Calendar Man

In addition to including that villain who is surely the top of your list as well as mine. The one and only Edward Nygma aka The Riddler!

Of course I would be hard pressed to ignore that in the trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie we see the Justice League. Or more like the Super Friends with the addition of some of the characters from Challenge of the Super Friends. Check out the image below – you can make out Black Vulcan, Apache Chief, Samurai, as well as the Wonder Twins and even Gleek!

So with all of that being included in the upcoming LEGO Batman film, you might think there is nothing to add. In this case Kyle Roberts and Nathan Poppe’s hard work would prove you wrong. As a matter of fact with over 27,000 views already. The duo have proven there is more than enough desire to see some form of a stop motion LEGO Batman: The Animated Series. Or at the very least the opening to the vintage show. Albeit a slightly different opening to the now legendary 1992 to 1995 weekday series.

Now if you might be wondering as to why Roberts and Poppe created this. I think that Kyle and Nathan explain it best in that YouTube upload:

“I can safely say my childhood wouldn’t have been the same without Batman or LEGO. It only felt natural to see them combined in stop motion heaven,” said Poppe.

“I remember coming home from school almost every day and turning on this show. It’s one of my all time favorites. It was for sure a labor of love recreating this intro,” Roberts says.

“It took more than 1,000 photos, 40 hand drawn backgrounds and more than 300 hours of work to complete this stop motion project. Paired with Belgium composer Joris Hermy’s sweeping soundtrack, this tribute is a work of art and a fun, nostalgic trip for Batman fans of all sizes. Joris scored all of the ‘Bad Days’ animated episodes over at MarvelousTV. Tighten your utility belt and get ready to click “watch again” to catch all the Easter eggs.”

The fan made project is certainly good enough to watch more than once in an attempt to find those Easter Eggs. While you do that…if you will excuse me…I have a flying rat to contend with!

Jonny Quest Opening Credits Done in Stop-Motion Animation

This is absolutely amazing work. Some people have recreated the opening credits to Jonny Quest in stop motion animation. This is definitely a top-10 cartoon for me so seeing this really made my day.

And here is the original opening credit sequence to compare the two. The stop motion one is spot-on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D88g1vCydZk&feature=related