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1. A Major Stop Motion Exhibit in Barcelona Explores Starewitch, Švankmajer and Brothers Quay

“Animated cinema is the demiurgic art par excellence: matter comes to life and is transformed in the hands and imaginations of the creators. They, more than anybody, know about the secret life of objects.” This description, comes from the exhibition “Metamorphosis: Fantasy Visions in Starewitch, Švankmajer and the Quay Brothers,” now playing at the Centre de Cultura Contemporanea (CCCB) in Barcelona, Spain, and it's a good summary of the work of these four visionary animators.

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2. Teaser Trailer for Aardman’s ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’

Starting out as a side character in the Wallace and Gromit short "A Close Shave" (1995), Shaun the Sheep became an unlikely franchise star. After getting his own line of merchandise and a spin-off television series (which was popular enough to spawn its own spin-off, "Timmy Time") Shaun is set to become the subject of Aardman’s next feature in spring 2015. The film currently doesn't appear to have a U.S. distributor.

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3. Joshua Mosley’s ‘Jeu de Paume’ Makes The 2014 Whitney Biennial

The Whitney Biennial is one of the most anticipated events in the world of art museums. Begun as an annual survey of American art in 1932, it became a biennial in 1973. Its overall purpose is to show a snapshot of the contemporary art world, often focusing on very recent works. For the art intelligentsia, it is often an excuse to complain about a) the state of contemporary art, and b) the curatorial choices made, or both—with occasional exceptions, such as the 2012 Biennial, which was met with overwhelming praise.

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4. “The Boxtrolls” Full International Trailer Is Here

A new full trailer slipped out today for LAIKA's "The Box Trolls." Unlike the previous three teasers, this trailer provides some clues about the film's contents and the underground world of the Box Trolls, and manages to do so without revealing anything of consequence.

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5. Third “Box Trolls” Teaser Released

The third (and presumably final) teaser for LAIKA's "The Box Trolls" was released today.

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6. PES Sells Jewelry With Surreal, Morbid ‘Black Gold’

Leave it to PES, the whiz of the very-short short, to use the visual of a decomposing woman being colonized by insects as a way to sell earrings and brooches.

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7. Henry Selick Will Headline Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival

The fifth Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is set to take place October 18-20 at Concordia University. The event will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas with a screening of the film that will be presented by the director Henry Selick.

Other guests include Joe and Joan Clokey, who run Clokey Productions and Premavision studios which is responsible for Gumby, and stop motion animator Jamie Caliri, who developed the industry standard stop motion software DragonFrame. Animator Anthony Scott, who has worked with Selick, Caliri, and Gumby creator Art Clokey, will also be a guest.

The festival is currently accepting stop motion films for its competition program. The deadline to submit is September 20. In addition to a full competition slate, the festival will include a screening of the documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan, a retrospective of Estonian animation studio Nukufilm, and hands-on stations for attendees to create their own stop motion animation.

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8. Carlo Vogele Makes His “Wurst” Film Ever

Carlo Vogele has unveiled the trailer for his new stop motion short Wurst. He has made the natural progression to sausages and poultry after animating fish in his last short.

Vogele’s witty and playful animated treatment of real-world objects (lamps, socks, meat) compels the viewer to see familiar everyday objects in a new light. The trailer for Wurst would suggest that he has another winner on his hands. He has posted some behind-the-scenes photos on his blog.

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9. Stop-Motion John Lasseter Competes in “Shirt-Off” in “Friendship All-Stars”

Friendship All-Stars of Friendship is a new stop-motion webseries created by Harry Chaskin, Dan Lippert and Justin Michael and executive produced by Robot Chicken’s Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner.

Created for the Lexus owned L/Studio.com, each biweekly episode focuses on a kooky pair-up of celebrities as wacky neighbors and odd couple-style roommates. The latest episode, featuring a sartorial competition between Disney-Pixar’s CCO John Lasseter and character actor Luis Guzman was, according to Chaskin, inspired by an article discovered right here on Cartoon Brew!

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10. “The BoxTrolls” Teaser Trailer, Laika’s Next Film

Utterly charming and refreshingly different teaser trailer for LAIKA’s next film The BoxTrolls, which will be released in 2014. The film is directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable.

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11. The Story Behind “The Big Story”

When DreamWorks story artist Dave Derrick was a student at CalArts in the early-2000s, one of the shorts that influenced him was Tim Watts and David Stoten’s BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated The Big Story. Derrick recently met Watts and took the opportunity to interview him about the film, his work on the Spitting Image TV show, and find out why Watts and Stoten animated the film twice—once hand-drawn and again in stop motion. Read the Tim Watts interview on Derrick’s website.

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12. Special K Cereal Spot by Peter Sluszka

Even though origami is the flavor of the moment—even McDonald’s is doing it—the sheer amount of labor involved in producing this Special K stop motion spot makes it rather impressive. It was directed by Peter Sluszka at New York-based Hornet Inc.

There’s a making of video in which you can listen to ad agency and marketing peope waxing eloquent about work that they didn’t do. The director Sluszka offers the best comment in the video: “What it really requires is hours of people folding paper.”

Production Companies: Hornet Inc/Blinkink
Director: Peter Sluszka
Executive Producer: Jan Stebbins
Producer: Zack Kortright
Line Producer: Joel Kretschman
Editor: Anita Chao
Art Director: Mandy Smith
Director of Photography: Ivan Abel
Lead Compositors: Peter Fink, John Harrison
Compositors: Adam Yost, Yussef Cole
Roto Artists: Ted Wiggins, Rafael Mayrhofer
Storyboard Artist: Carlos Ancalmo
Motion Control Operator: Richard Coppola
Gaffer: Michael Yetter
Best Boy Electric: Casey Wooden
3rd Electric: Jarod Kloiber
Key Grip: Matt Walker
Best Boy Grip: Matt Cryan, Brian Yost
3rd Grip: Bob Blankmeir
Animators: Hayley Morris, Matt Somma, Kevin Coyle
Fabricators: Connie Chan, Ben Kress, Ben Friesen, Peter Erickson, Junko Shimzu, Michaela Olsen
Art Deptartment Assistant: Kevin Coyle
Food Stylist: Elizabeth Bell
Food Stylist Assistant: Mireya Acierto, Brett Regot
Production Assistant: Tim Kuhl, Eric Duke, Rafael Mayrhofer
1st AC: Nate Spengler
Phantom Tech: Mark Sashara

Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett
Creative Director: Karen Reed and Natasha Ali
Executive Creative Director: Mylene Pollock
Copywriter: Liam Bushby and Alison Stevens
Art Director: Liam Bushby and Alison Stevens
Account Team: Carly Pritchard, Dominique Gomes, Sofia Sarkar
Project Manager: Gaynor Goldring
Planner (Creative Agency): Olivia Heywood and Charlie Kirkbride
Agency Producer: Serena Schellenberg

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13. How Etsy Is Using Vine and Stop Motion to Build Its Brand

Vine, Twitter’s mobile looped video app, is less than a year old and still remains a new frontier. Not everyone is sure how to use it and like most of the Internet, the common subject matter of Vines center around cats, babies and high school kids. For that reason, the people who are experimenting with the capabilities of Vine as a medium truly stand out.

Etsy has recently produced a handful of stop motion Vines that are not only fun to watch, they reinforce the DIY aesthetic that defines the online market’s brand. Etsy’s initial Vines were a product of Hack Week, an event where the company’s engineers are encouraged to abandon their regular work and focus on any project of their choosing. Nicole Licht and Clare McGibbon, one of Etsy’s in-house designers and support staff members, respectively, decided to take advantage of the event. “The goal for us during that week was to jump start Etsy’s participation on Vine, experiment, and collaborate across teams,” Licht told Cartoon Brew.

Even though the team had no experience in stop motion animation, they set out to make at least one video a day. Prior to each shoot, they sketched out their ideas and gathered craft supplies, but kept their agenda loose. “We found that improvising and seeing how the materials responded in the moment made the most sense,” said Licht. With just natural lighting, a lightweight tripod, and an iPhone mount, the process of making a single six second vine took anywhere between one and four hours. “We really had to just go for it once we started shooting,” added Licht. “With Vine, you either post or not. There are no editing or saving functions, so we never reshot.”

Few other companies, thus far, have discovered how to effectively use Vine. They could certainly take a lesson from Etsy, where employees are given the freedom to take new approaches and experiment with ideas and tools along the way.

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14. “Earthworm Jim” Creator Doug TenNapel Is Crowdfunding “Armikrog”, A Stop Motion Game

Doug TenNapel, creator of games like Earthworm Jim and The Neverhood and the TV series Catscratch, is crowdfunding a new clay-animated stop motion game called Armikrog. He’s working with Mike Dietz and Ed Schofield of Pencil Test Studios, his animation collaborators on earlier games, to create a point-and-click adventure game for PC, Mac OSX and Linux.

The game tracks the adventures of “a space explorer named Tommynaut and his blind alien, talking dog named Beak-Beak [who] crash land on a weird planet and end up locked in a mysterious fortress called Armikrog.” TenNapel’s Kickstarter goal is to raise $900,000 in 30 days, and the production has already received over $11,000 in a little over one hour of campaign time.

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15. Oscar-Winner Daniel Greaves Wants to Kickstart “Mr. Plastimime”

Winning an Oscar for best animated short can do many things for a filmmaker’s career, but it does not guarantee an endless stream of funding for the remainder of their lives. That is why Oscar-winning English director Daniel Greaves has turned to Kickstarter to fund his next project Mr. Plastimime. Greaves and London-based Tandem Films are asking for £33,450 (approx. $51,000). They have reached more than two-thirds of their goal with less than a week left in the campaign.

Greaves won the Oscar in 1992 for his short film Manipulation:

His new short Mr. Plastimime mixes clay animation with hand-drawn facial expressions and CG backgrounds. Greaves often mixes animation techniques in his work, such as in his well-received short Flatworld:

The rewards packages are well considered, and include artwork from the earlier films Manipulation and Flatworld. The new short Mr. Plastimime also appears to be well into production at this point. The project updates on Kickstarter show an impressive amount of visual development and dedicated craftsmanship, including hand-animated pencil tests by Greaves.

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16. “Thumb Snatchers From the Moon Cocoon” by Bradley Schaffer

Thumb Snatchers From the Moon Cocoon is an unabashedly wild, funny, action-packed gem of a cartoon. Self-conscious references to B-movie genre tropes appear throughout, but the short has a fresh outlook by focusing the action around its lead character—an over-the-top short-fused Texan sherriff.

The craftmanship of the short inspires admiration, as does Schaffer’s cinematic approach to stop motion, which deserves a big-screen Hollywood outlet. Thumb Snatchers is a CalArts graduation film directed and written by Bradley Schaffer, and animated by Cooper and Ashley Arechiga, who was also the lead puppet fabricator and effects artist. Check out the film’s official website.

(Thanks, Kevin Parry)

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17. Oscar-Nominee “Head Over Heels” Posted Online

Timothy Reckart’s Head Over Heels was posted online today. Reckart produced the film as a graduation project at the UK’s National Film & Television School.

Head Over Heels is the fourth of this year’s Oscar-nominated animation shorts to appear online along with Fresh Guacamole, Paperman, and Adam and Dog. The only short that hasn’t yet appeared online is Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”.

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18. Henry Selick is Reviving “The Shadow King”; Synopsis and First Artwork Released

Six months after Disney pulled the plug on Henry Selick’s film The Shadow King, Selick wants to revive production on the film. He is shopping the film this week at the European Film Market in Berlin.

In its new incarnation, Selick (director, Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas) has teamed up with Beasts of the Southern Wild producer Josh Penn, and has enlisted K5 International to rep the film’s international rights. This is the official synopsis of the story, which Selick wrote himself:

Hap Dagger, a nine-year-old orphan, hides his fantastically weird hands from a cruel world. But when a Living Shadow Girl teaches him to make amazing hand shadows that come alive, his hands become incredible weapons in a shadow war against a ravenous Monster who could destroy Hap’s brother and all of New York.

According to a press release from K5, the film has a committed crew that includes director of photography Peter Sorg (Frankenweenie, Coraline), frequent Selick collaborator Eric Leighton (animation director on Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’hoole), production designer Lou Romano (The Incredibles), editor Wyatt Jones (Immortals, Rango, TRON: Legacy, Zodiac), and composer Bruno Coulais (Coraline). Voice cast includes Jaden Betts (voice of Hap) Pamela Adlon (voice of Richard) Brendon Glesson (voice of Darce) Jeffrey Tambor (voice of Cuzzie Bell) and Catherine O’Hara (voice of Miss Fern)

K5 also released the following montage of art from the film:

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19. “Frankenweenie” talkback

I’ll be seeing Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie on Saturday afternoon with my Asifa-Hollywood peeps at a screening on the Disney lot. Looking forward to it – especailly as Betsy Sharkey in The Los Angeles Times says “the artistry reaches absolute perfection… and Burton has never done it better” (though she notes, “it’s the story that poses some problems”). A.O. Scott in The New York Times simply calls it “a sweet and creepy homage to classic monster movies”.

It’s out today and you can see it yourself. How does it compare to The Corpse Bride or Nightmare Before Christmas? Where does it stack on the list next to ParaNorman and Hotel Transyvania? Give your opinions here (and, as usual, this discussion is only open to those who have actually seen the film).

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20. “Frankenweenie” Debuts Weakly, “Hotel Transylvania” Stays Strong

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie debuted weakly last weekend in fifth place with $11.4 million. The opening is significantly lower than Burton’s last stop motion feature, The Corpse Bride, which debuted with $19.1M in 2005.

The opening of Frankenweenie concludes this year’s great stop motion experiment. It was the third major stop motion feature this year, following Aardman’s The Pirates!: Band of Misfits and Laika’s ParaNorman. None of the three films were able to crack a $15 million opening. In fact, no stop motion feature has ever had an opening north of $20 million. It begs the question, Are stop motion films simply incapable of grossing as much as CG or has no one ever made a stop motion film with mass audience appeal? In a year with more stop motion features than usual, it’s a question worth considering.

Meanwhile, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania is on its way to becoming one of Sony’s biggest animated hits. The film dipped a modest 36% in its second weekend, grossing $27.1M and pushing its U.S. total to $76.7M.

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21. It’s A Spongebob Stop-Mo Christmas

When was the last time a prime-time TV Christmas Special was really special? I’ve seen this one – and it really is. Nickelodeon’s first full-length stop-motion animated special, It’s A SpongeBob Christmas! will premiere on CBS on Friday Nov. 23th, then begin airing about two weeks later on Nickelodeon, starting Sunday Dec. 9th. Inspired by the classic Rankin/Bass specials of the past, and featuring John Goodman and the voice of Santa Claus, the show was animated by Mark Cabellero and Seamus Walsh at Screen Novelties in Los Angeles. The special is available for purchase on DVD starting today.

Production on the show began in October 2011. Sixty pounds of baking soda, 42 pounds of glitter, 22 pounds of wood chips and 20 boxes of breakfast cereal were used to create the film’s sets. I made a quick visit to Screen Novelties studio a few weeks ago to get a first hand look at some of the props and puppets and talk to the guys. Join me by clicking the video below…

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22. Weekend Groove: Music Videos from Australia, Germany, Belgium and France

We’re going to start featuring the most interesting, creative and original animated music videos every weekend in a new section we call the Weekend Groove. Submit you vidoes HERE.

“Gangsta Riddim” directed by about:blank (Belgium)

Audio excerpt of “Gangsta Riddim” remix by Roel Funcken. Gangsta Riddim (Original) by SCANONE.

“Over You” directed by Drushba Pankow (Germany)

“Over You” is a music video clip originally made for the song “Nobody’s Fool” by Parov Stelar. The Berlin-based musician Michal Krajczok wrote and produced his song “Over You” especially for this video, featuring the voice of Larissa Blau. The video is directed, designed and animated by Drushba Pankow (Alexandra Kardinar and Volker Schlecht), with additional animation by Maxim Vassiliev.

“A Very Unusual Map” directed by Loup Blaster (France)

A music video for Hibou Blaster

“Teapot” directed by Clem Stamation (Australia)

Cantaloupe are a synth-guitar/bass-drums trio from Nottingham, UK, formed in January 2011. Drawing influences from Afro-pop to Krautrock to the avant garde, who aim to make infectuous and thoroughly pleasing instrumental pop music.

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23. “Nutrition Facts” by David Amichai

Here’s all the nutritional information about Good & Plenty candies you’ll ever need, spelled out by the candy itself. Animated by New York-based David Amichai with 4 boxes of candy, 3 lights, 2 poster boards, 1 animator, and about 100 hours of work. Shot with the Canon 7D using Dragonframe.

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24. Ed Koch, RIP

Former New York City mayor Ed Koch died yesterday at the age of 88. A caricature of Koch was the star of Jimmy Picker’s 1983 Oscar-winning animated short Sundae in New York. (Koch did not voice the character.)

A cartooned Koch also appeared once on The Critic:

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25. PES Creates Titles For Dutch TV Show “Het Klokhuis”

Filmmaker PES, currently nominated for an Oscar for his short Fresh Guacamole, directed this striking title sequence for the Dutch TV series Het Klokhuis (Apple Core). The long-running show, which first aired in 1988, is the Netherlands’ oldest youth television show.

Directed by PES
Production Company: PES Productions
Het Klokhuis (NL) Editors-in-Chief: Loes Wormmeester & Jan Pieter Schaap
Fabrication/Production Studio: SCPS Unlimited
Animation: Dillon Markey
Editor: Joshua Balster
Sound Design: PES

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