Indiana Jones in Stop Motion Animation


The recent announcement of Disney securing the marketing and distribution rights of future Indiana Jones movies from Paramount Pictures has me excited for new content. While this announcement means future content of the franchise I hope it also will get us an animated series.

This isn’t traditional animation or even CGI but it does show that the Indiana Jones franchise lends itself to the animation format.

This stop-motion project was released about two years ago for the 30th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s a shot-for-shot remake of the opening sequence, well, up until Indiana Jones leaps out of the cave anyway. It’s so well done and the music, dialogue and sound effects match up perfectly.

Hopefully this announcement means that the Indiana Jones brand will be reestablished as the first name in adventure.

1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Cartoon Introduction Redone in Stop Motion

We have had other cool Kyle Robert’s Stop Motion on the Retroist and each one is better than the last. This new one is no exception. With over 4,000 individual pictures, Kyle Roberts and crew wanted to recreate the nostalgic 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon introduction in stop motion. To make this a reality, artist, Nathan Poppe, created over 60 hand-drawn images to establish a bright and vibrant backdrop to complement Roberts’ use of action figures. The original TMNT theme song was covered by Oklahoma native band, The Boom Bang, in their “garage surf punk” style. Each of these pieces can stand alone by themselves, but when infused together they create a radical tribute.

Want to see how they made it? Here is a “Making of” video: