12 Essential Stop-Motion Animated Movies

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(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: here are the most essential stop-motion animated movies.)

Stop-motion animation is largely seen as a quaint relic. An animation style that has roots in the earliest days of cinema — the first reported film to use stop-motion animation was Vitagraph’s lost 1897 film Humpty Dumpty Circus. Stop-motion would remain at the cutting edge of movie-making, central to special effects used in live-action movies like Star Wars, and winning mainstream popularity at the height of the animation renaissance in the ‘90s.

Stop-motion animation is the manipulation of any physical object — ranging from paper cutouts, puppets, Lego bricks, and yes, clay. It’s one of the most tedious formats you can imagine, requiring hours to set up a simple one-minute shot. But despite the domination of CG animation in the past decade, stop-motion is here to stay. Just look to this year’s Berlinale darling, Isle of the Dogs, and the latest Aardman film Early Man.

Here are the most essential stop-motion animated movies.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Honest Trailer

Once Thanksgiving is over, it’ll be full speed ahead towards Christmas. In fact, some Christmas specials will already start airing at the end of this week. But before one of them returns to TV, maybe you should let Honest Trailers remind you just how weird it is.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is a classic stop-motion animated Christmas special from the iconic Rankin/Bass Productions, and it’s a staple of many families’ holiday traditions. We usually mindlessly watch it, but if you ever pay attention to this special, you’ll realize just how weird it is.

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VOTD: Rudolph’s Awesome 80’s Montage

If the 1964 Goodtimes Entertainment Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer were made in 1985, it might look a little something like this.

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