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Aardman Will Create New Seasons for "Shaun the Sheep" and "Timmy Time" Exclusively Amazon Prime

Aardman, the incredibly talented creators of Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, and the Shaun spin-off preschool series Timmy Time.  Aardman has recently signed a deal for its content to stream exclusively in the United States on the Amazon Prime Instant Video service.  This deal will include new, Amazon-only seasons and specials for Shaun and Timmy, though Wallace & Gromit: Curse of The Ware-Rabbit won't have a debut on Prime because technically Dreamworks Animation owns the rights to the property.

Anyway, this is big news as far as I'm concerned and a great marketing strategy for The Shaun the Sheep Movie that's coming out early next year.  Not only will they be prepping viewers for the new flick, they'll also bring in new fans to the classic Aardman style.

The Shaun the Sheep Movie is due out March 20th, 2015.

Short Flicks: "IOA"

A vowel reciting speaking machine leads a miserable existence as a tool of a despotic singing-teacher. In a soliloquy it describes oppression, exploitation and beatings and complains that it is only needed for its functional performance. The analogy to conditions in the human working world is by no means coincidental...


IOA from Gabriel Möhring on Vimeo.

Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival Announces This Year's Guests!

This year, for its 6th edition, the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival (September 26-28th) will be featuring some of the most outstanding names and projects in the business including an inside, in-depth, BTS for Laika's The BoxTrolls!  Laika will deliver a special presentation and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios may show up for a while...

Anyway, featured below is your fix on the MSMFF breaking news...

VIP Access to LAIKA Studios and Behind-The-Scenes of The Boxtrolls

LAIKA (Portland, Oregon USA) is, without a doubt, one of the most ambitious, creative, and courageous stop-motion studios in the world. They specialize in feature-length and short animated films, as well as commercials. The studio has produced two OSCAR NOMINATED stop motion films: ParaNorman (2012) and Coraline (2009).

During their special presentation, you will discover the remarkable creativity of LAIKA, with a look at their latest project The Boxtrolls (in theatres 26 Sept. 2014), and be able to meet the original puppets fro…

Short Flicks: "Landrover 'Claynation'"

Claynation, a global campaign for Land Rover, directed by Peter Sluszka, was created using clay and many skilled hands to morph and mold an ever-changing landscape. The Claynation campaign of broadcast, print ads and digital was designed, fabricated and shot over the course of 5 months at the DUMBO stage. The spot used roughly 1.5 tons of clay, with animators brought in from across the country that specialized in claymation animation. The Land Rover car used in the spot, the only non-clay element in the spot, was dissected, modeled and printed out on a 3D printer. The car, once assembled, functioned realistically from the steering, doors, to the practical headlights. In the campaign, the car is seen driving through many clay environments, with every frame morphed and manipulated, to create the seamless journey from cities to mountains and beyond.

"The BoxTrolls" International Trailer #2

Official synopsis reads:

A family event movie from the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

"The BoxTrolls" Official Final Trailer is Here

This trailer, unlike it's predecessors, gives us the first real look at the plot and the world of The BoxTrolls.

Based on the book by Alan Snow, it tells the story of a young boy taken in by the secretive and underground-dwelling BoxTrolls, who hide from humans inside the cardboard containers they wear as clothes.  When he grows into a teen, Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) has to re-enter the world above to stop a villain from ridding the town of his extended troll family.

Let's just say that, by the looks of this trailer, Laika is reengineering Stop Motion as we know it.  And that's not even scratching the surface when I say that.  The design and animation here is breathtaking!  It makes me look at it twice and say 'WAIT!  Is that CGI!?'


Short Flicks: "The Bigger Picture Trailer"



Original film credits:
Full running Time: 8 mins
Director: Daisy Jacobs
Producer: Chris Hees
Stop Motion Animator: Chris Wilder
(Chris was also recently lead animator on Sleeping with the Fishes)
VFX artist : Janusz Tomczyk
Editor: Vera Simmonds
Screenwriters: Daisy Jacobs and Jennifer Majka
Director of Photography: Max Williams
Production Designer: Elo Soode
Sound Editor/Rerecording Mixer: Jonas Andreas Jensen
Composer: Huw Bunford
SFX Supervisor/Online Editor/Grade: Ross Allen
Principal Cast: Alisdair Simpson, Anne Cunningham, Christopher Nightingale
Production Assistant Gemma Priggen

'BoxTrolls' Final Trailer to Premiere at Annecy

Portland based Laika studios has set it's upcoming final trailer for The BoxTrolls film to premiere at the Annecy International Festival of Animated Film on June 11.  It will be presented ahead of an open-air screening of ParaNorman, with it's writer and director Chris Butler there to into the film and participate in a Q&A season with the audience.  The final trailer will also be released via the interwebs on same day.  Based on the novel Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow (which, I suggest you read, by the way), The BoxTrolls will arrive in U.S. and Canadian theaters September 26, 2014.  Visit for more information.

The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheese…

Short Flicks: "Gan-Gan"

My grandmother Elizabeth (or Gan-Gan as I called her) was a force of nature; she was wonderful. As a child she seemed to me like a visitor from another time or place. Her tiny terraced house in Bideford was full of treasures; hundreds of books, a medusa's head, Peter the Great's ivory letter opener, the caul of her mother tied up in blue ribbon, a tile stolen from the Alhambra, a silk blouse embroidered by nuns, deadly poison, beautiful Pre-Raphaelite artworks, a knife carved from the wood of HMS Victory, Granny Green's pince-nez, and diaries full of stories from a hard life well-lived.
After her death in 2010, I helped my father and uncle sort through some of her possessions. I inherited some of her clothes to wear, books to read, a bicycle to ride. But how do you make sense of all the other things that someone leaves behind, the things nobody sees, boxes full of photographs, and bits of string? 
I used these objects alongside images and memories of my own to make this shor…

Short Flicks: "Flatworld" (UPDATED) You Don't Want to Miss This!!!

Flatworld is the incredible award winning short film from Daniel Greaves.  It is personally one of my favorite short films, ranking up there with Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers.  Blurring the lines of 2d cel animation and Stop Motion, Daniel does this in Flatworld with expertise unseen in the medium since.  Wow!  That last sentence sounded like a film critic!  Would you believe that!


I usually don't push my viewers to watch the 'making of' because usually it's like a 5-minute trailer of the actual film but this BTS I highly recommend!  I'd describe it as a year at Cal Arts concentrated into one 30-minute making of.  Chock full of goodies, right to the top.  So get yo' learn on!!!


Flatworld - Unfolded (Making Of Documentary) from Tandem Films on Vimeo.

Watch PES Fly Bombers in his Unique and Witty Way in "Dogs of War" (His First Film)

Ever wonder what the Stop Motion artist PES's fist film was?  Stop wondering.  Now online, the Oscar-nomiated director PES has released his first film, a live-action short entitled Dogs of War.

"It was shot in the summer of 1998 in the old cemetery in Hackettstown, New Jersey. It was based on a dream PES had while napping on the couch with a WWII documentary blaring in the background. This is the first time it has appeared on YouTube."


Short Flicks: "Nintendo/Paper Mario Sticker Star"

A new Nintendo ad featuring a Stop Motion, paper cut-out Mario.

*note: the technique used here is something called replacement animation invented in the '50s by George Pal.  With his Puppettoons, he pioneered the idea of blending the aspect of Stop Motion and 2d animation by using various cut-outs of the same character but in a slightly different positions for each shape.


Director: Antonio Balserio
Production House USA: 1st Ave Machine
Production House Argentina: Gazz
Animation Production and Direction: Can Can Club
Agency: Leo Burnett Texas