12 Essential Stop-Motion Animated Movies

stop-motion animated movies

(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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Most Beautiful Animated Movies

The technology behind animation has come a long way in a short amount of time, and with the help of state of the art computers, artists are able to create some truly mind-blowing and mesmerizing imagery in feature animation. And this begs, the question: what are the most beautiful animated films ever made?

Well, CineFix tries to answer that big question with a new video essay that counts down the Top 10 Most Beautiful Animated Films of All Time. There’s some bold choices here and an exclusion of one particularly revered animation legend that will stir up some uproar, but you can’t deny that their choices are indeed beautiful animated motion pictures. Find out the whole list after the jump! Read More »