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Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" Gets Trailer and Release Date

The trailer for Wes Anderson’s new stop motion film, Isle of Dogs, is finally here.
The trailer offers us a glimpse at the aesthetic and milieu of the film, beginning with a Wes Anderson-style fast-paced montage of shots featuring a futuristic Japanese city. A narrator sets the stage, “The Japanese archipelago, twenty years in the future: canine saturation has reached epidemic proportions. An outbreak of dog-flu rips rips through the city of Megasaki. Mayor Kobayashi issues emergency orders calling for a hasty quarantine. Trash Island becomes an exile colony – the Isle of Dogs.”
“I don’t think I can stomach any more of this garbage,” asserts Rex, voiced by Edward Norton, a dog exiled to the Isle of Dogs as several other dogs in the background feast on, well…garbage.

The trailer boasts very much in a very short amount of time, spending the majority of its runtime focused on quick snapshots of the ensemble cast of characters, voiced and animated by top performers in both industries. By…

Making-of Kirsten Lepore's Stop Motion "Adventure Time" Episode, "Bad Jubies"

Last year a unique infusion of stop motion came to the wildly weird and zany Land of Ooo – the magical fantasy world of the popular Cartoon Network show Adventure Time.

The 11-minute all-stop-motion episode was spearheaded by animator and filmmaker Kirsten Lepore and the talented crew at Bix Pix Entertainment – a California-based stop motion studio. In the making-of video for this season 7 episode – Bad Jubies – Kelli Bixler, executive producer on the project, explains that Kirsten was the ideal candidate to bring episode-length stop motion to the show because of the simplistic aesthetic of the show and its correlation to her prior work in animation. Her past work in stop motion, such as is employed in her short films Move Mountain and Sweet Dreams, has a unique aesthetic – one that is very minimalistic and yet charming, giving her work a very intimate feel. Rachel Larsen, Animation supervisor on the project and an artist at Bix Pix, elaborates concerning Kirsten’s work, “When you are …

Making The Holochess Scene From "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Nearly two years ago, Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the sequel to Awakens, is set to hit theaters this December. Beyond being revered for its use of homage and devotion to staying true to the tone of the original trilogy, Awakens was celebrated in the special effects community for its use of many state-of-the-art digital effects, innovations only recently pioneered, and all of which are practically alien to original practical effects employed in the original Star Wars trilogy. However, Awakens did not yet completely forsake what many would today consider its humble beginnings in special effects, including the original film’s use of stop motion. One of these homages in The Force Awakens to the original film can be seen for a brief moment when the character Finn accidentally turns on a holographic chess board in the Millennium Falcon – an effect entirely created with stop motion.