If you know me at all, you know I looooove stop motion animation. Especially clay animation. I love the amount of effort that’s put in the process and the end results are always stunning. As a kid, my favourite movie was The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993); I’ve always been impressed by the way it looks. I was blown away by the technique. One of my biggest dreams is to work on one of these movies one day. In the last few years, I fell in love with the stop motion animation studio Laika (you can check out their website: www.laika.com). They are the people behind Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014) and the upcoming Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), which I am very excited to see. They always bring such amazing characters to life, and fantastic stories too. I don’t think I’ve ever liked a company that much before.
But stop motion/clay animation is not only used to make animated movies; some moviemakers use it to create their special effects, and it’s amazing. A few examples are the original The Evil Dead trilogy (1981-1992), Beetlejuice (1988), Alice (1988) and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). Some people think it’s too campy or just plain bad special effects, but I think it’s great! It adds a lot to these movies, creating their own universes set between dream and reality. I love when moviemakers are not afraid to mix different genres and styles in a movie because sometime, you get very interesting results.
All in all, I’m a stop motion fan and I wish you can at least appreciate the amount of work and effort that is put in this type of animation, whether you like it or not. And I’m excited for Kubo and the Two Strings, it comes out a few days after my birthday, so I guess I’ll be able to convince someone to come with me as a birthday present.