​Stop-Motion Animation Explains How Ancient Romans Built Trajan's Column

Trajan's Column in Rome commemorates Emperor Trajan's victory over Dacian Wars in 155 bas relief scenes. This stop-motion video outlines the current theory on how the towering structure was built. » 3/26/15 3:40pm Thursday 3:40pm

This Oscar-Nominated Short About An Upside-Down Marriage Is Must-Watch

If you haven't gotten a chance to watch Timothy Reckart's Oscar-nominated short film Head Over Heels, make some room for it in your day. It's a strange and sweet stop-motion story about two married people who have drifted apart so thoroughly, each thinks the other one lives upside down. » 3/18/15 1:10pm 3/18/15 1:10pm

A Tim Burton-Inspired Short About A Little Girl Who Gets A Pet Piranha

Pets can be an excellent way to teach kids about responsibility and how to treat living creatures, but not all pets are a great idea for kids. And when the little girl in this cheerfully macabre short film accidentally ends up with murderous piranha instead of a goldfish, things get bloody very quickly. » 2/26/15 2:20pm 2/26/15 2:20pm

Ian McKellen Voices A Short About A Man Who Wants To Love God...Sexually

Well, this is one of the weirder stop-motion films we've seen (and that's saying something). Above a Christian bookstore nestled among porn shops lives a man who wants to know God — in the thoroughly biblical sense. And hey — it features the voices of Steve Coogan and Sir Ian McKellen! » 1/15/15 8:00pm 1/15/15 8:00pm

Robot Chicken Uses A Nintendo Power Glove As The Raddest Animation Tool

The Nintendo Power Glove never really took off, but one of those gloves has gotten a second life thanks to Robot Chicken animator Dillon Markey. It may have been a clunky video game controller, but it's actually quite handy as stop-motion animation tool. » 1/14/15 11:20am 1/14/15 11:20am

At The End Of The World, A Robot Becomes Best Friends With Death

On a dying world, the cloaked personification of Death and a robot have one thing in common: They're both extremely bored. But when they finally dare to come out of hiding and meet one another, they change not only each other, but their world. » 1/06/15 1:30pm 1/06/15 1:30pm

The Boxtrolls' Timelapse End Credits Show How Much Work Stop-Motion Is

When you sit back and watch a stop-motion movie, it's easy to forget that each tiny movement is controlled by an animator's hands. But this hilariously philosophical sequence from The Boxtrolls' end credits shows the animator at work, reminding us how much he moves so that the puppets can move. » 12/30/14 9:40am 12/30/14 9:40am

This Latte Art Stop-Motion Film Was Made With 1,000 Cups Of Coffee

This adorable short film may be a commercial for a food product, but it's also a rather cleverly executed piece of animation. The characters were carefully placed on 1,000 individual cups of coffee, turning food and beverage into a love story. » 12/26/14 11:45am 12/26/14 11:45am

Creeptastic Short About A Child Imprisoned By Foxes Will Become A Film

If you haven't already seen the completely eerie stop-motion animated short Foxed!, get thyself to iTunes post haste, because it's really, really messed up. And now it's going to be an even freakier movie! » 12/11/14 9:50am 12/11/14 9:50am

An Ingenious Film About A Submarine Sandwich Made Of Inedible Objects

If you've never seen one of PES's stop-motion, visual pun-filled animated films, you're in for a treat. His latest short film, Submarine Sandwich, was just released, transforming footballs, boxing gloves, Slinky pieces, and more into oddly delicious-looking sandwich ingredients. » 12/10/14 5:00pm 12/10/14 5:00pm

This Is How We Imagine A LEGO Batman Vs Superman Fight Would Go Down

When Batman fights Superman, Batman uses his cunning to plan for Superman's every move and exploit his weaknesses. But The LEGO Movie's version of Batman isn't quite as clever as his comic and live-action counterparts, so when he battles LEGO Superman, things are a bit...sillier. » 11/19/14 5:30pm 11/19/14 5:30pm

See, This Is Why You Don't Play With A Face-Stealing Monster

Gabby just wants her older sister Tam to play with her, but Tam wants to be left alone. So instead of playing, Tam tells Gabby about the Thing Under the Tree, and how you must never let the creature see your face. » 11/12/14 5:30pm 11/12/14 5:30pm

The Psycho Shower Scene, Recreated Entirely In Jack O'Lanterns

Now this is a Psycho remake we never saw coming. Yuliya Tsukerman carved a bunch of pumpkins into shots from Alfred Hitchcock's horror classic, and then turned them into a stop-motion movie. » 10/29/14 11:30am 10/29/14 11:30am

From Coraline To Boxtrolls, How Laika Has Revolutionized Stop-Motion

This week, stop-motion production studio Laika comes out with its third feature, The Boxtrolls. A lot has changed in the world of stop-motion animation since Laika's first feature, Coraline, and in a world filled with CG features, it's amazing what Laika can accomplish. » 9/25/14 3:23pm 9/25/14 3:23pm

How Boxtrolls Created One Of The Richest Worlds Of Any Animated Movie

The Boxtrolls, the latest film from Coraline and ParaNorman studio Laika, opens this week, and your eyes are in for a treat. The world of The Boxtrolls was inspired by everything from Monty Python to Charles Dickens to the Russian ballet, creating a sumptuous visual feast. » 9/24/14 12:13pm 9/24/14 12:13pm

What Makes Even The Devil Hate Hell? The Bureaucracy

The Devil just wants to buy a few souls and call it a day, but he's constantly wrapped up in red tape. At least in this short film, he can slip away for a massage—but can he relax even there? » 8/28/14 2:35pm 8/28/14 2:35pm

Long-Lost Jim Henson Animation Turns Jazz Music Into Something Visual

Jim Henson may be best known for his puppeteering, but he also created a number of experimental animations, including this one, a visual interpretation of one of jazz great Chico Hamilton's pieces. » 8/22/14 9:20am 8/22/14 9:20am

Peering Through Objects One Slice At Time Is A Surreal Experience

Artist Laurin Döpfner used an industrial sander to smooth his way through various objects one layer at a time, photographing each stratum as he went. When he was through, he compiled the images into the stop motion video you see here. The result is utterly entrancing. » 7/11/14 7:40am 7/11/14 7:40am

Proof That Boxtrolls Will Be One Of The Year's Most Striking Movies

Laika's next stop-motion venture, The Boxtrolls, is bringing a lush world of crooked buildings, lavish costumes, cheese-fiending villains, and, of course, the Boxtrolls themselves with their elaborate mechanical inventions. We visited the set, and if you have any doubts about the movie's glorious puppets, props, and… » 7/09/14 3:30pm 7/09/14 3:30pm

You Must Watch This Stop-Motion Short, If Only For The Handcrafted Sets

While it takes place in a spacefaring era, the sets and characters in the stop-motion short film Retrograde are crafted from decidedly low-tech materials. One human and one alien find themselves stranded on a cardboard space station with handwritten displays, just minutes from annihilation. » 6/24/14 6:00pm 6/24/14 6:00pm