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Ray Harryhausen - The Early Years Collection (Disc 1)(2005)
A collection of the early fairytale adaptations, demonstrations and interviews with the celebrated stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen.
American animator Ray Harryhausen was a pioneer of stop-motion, most notably in Jason and the Argonauts’ skeleton sword fight. This two-disc compilation explores some of his early work as well as providing a fascinating insight into the craft behind the finished product.Read more
Kubo and the Two Strings(2016)
A young boy named Kubo must find his samurai father’s magical suit of armour in order to overcome the unforgiving spirits of the past.
Stop-motion animation has come a long way since the days of Harryhausen, though he paved the way for modern innovators who remain influenced by his legacy. LAIKA, founded in 2005, are a studio at the forefront of 21st century stop-motion production, and the end credits sequence of Kubo shows some incredible behind-the-scenes work of the film.Read more
James and the Giant Peach(1996)
In a bid to escape his evil aunts, James creates a magical, enormous peach and befriends the insects inside as he sets off on an adventure.
This beloved Roald Dahl story was directed by Henry Selick, who also helmed LAIKA’s fantastically creepy Neil Gaiman adaptation, Coraline, as well as making his feature debut with The Nightmare Before Christmas. Selick has made a career out of creating dark children’s films using stop-motion in inventive ways.Read more
Enchanting stop motion feature from the imagination of Tim Burton, set in a 19th century European village, following the spooky adventures of Victor.
Executive producer on The Nightmare Before Christmas and famed for his own dark, gothic narratives, Tim Burton has twice ventured into the stop-motion sphere as director with Corpse Bride (co-directed by Mike Johnson) followed by Frankenweenie. This film features regular Burton collaborators and is packed full of his trademark style and themes.Read more
Fantastic Mr. Fox(2009)
Stop-motion animation version of Roald Dahl's woodland tale that follows a mischievous fox as he goes toe to toe with a trio of grumpy farmers.
Tim Burton is not the only eminent director to flit between live action and stop-motion animation; indie auteur Wes Anderson put his distinctive quirky spin on another Roald Dahl classic, Fantastic Mr. Fox, featuring an all-star voiceover cast. There’s seemingly an old-school charm to the author’s work which really lends itself to the retro animation technique.Read more
Shaun the Sheep Movie(2015)
The much loved farmyard creature from Aardman animation finally gets a big screen adventure of his own.
From one cherished childhood character to another, the Shaun the Sheep Movie was the creature’s first big screen outing. An Aardman creation – the British animation studio who have given us Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit, Chicken Run and Creature Comforts – this is a rare example of a film which uses both clay and puppets.Read more
A Town Called Panic(2009)
A toy horse, cowboy and Indian go on a series of strange but immeasurably fun adventures.
Shaun the Sheep Movie is a superb feat of silent film storytelling, influenced by the classics of the 1930s. So too is A Town Called Panic, a stripped-back French stop-motion animation which uses its medium as an avenue for humour, revelling in the absurdity of the handcrafted characters and their wacky, slapstick-infused escapades.Read more
My Life as a Courgette(2016)
A charming French animation about a 9 year-old boy called Courgette who is sent to live in a children's home following the death of his mother.
My Life as a Courgette is a French-Swiss Claymation and is more serious in tone than most. It explores some very serious and difficult topics – the death of a parent, mental health, bullying – but uses colourful visuals to do so, offering hope and positivity despite its difficult subject matter.Read more
Peter and the Wolf(2006)
Oscar-winning animated version of the timeless folk tale, set to Sergei Prokofiev's classic orchestral composition.
Another co-production, this one coming from the UK, Poland, Norway and Mexico, is a short film based on a Russian symphonic fairy tale. This version, unlike most Peter and the Wolf interpretations, doesn’t have a narrator, instead relying on the visuals and music, recorded by the Philharmonia Orchestra.Read more
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