It’s my favorite kind of animation. I admire the artists who move their subjects shot by shot to create a story with a unique twist. There’s something very comforting about the format designed for children. Lately, I’ve noticed stop animation films are aimed toward adults. Here are two I like very much:
Mary and Max (2009)
Based on a true story, it’s a sublime dark comedy. Definitely for adults. You can read my post here:
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave
What is the true form of reality? Can you prove God exists if you can’t see Him? If you can’t hear a tree fall in the woods, did it fall? Is perceived reality the same as the true form of reality? Ah, those wonderful philosophical questions. If you can spare three mintues, watch this clamation short. It’s great.
There are cozy, stop-animation films aimed specifically for children to entertain. Now think about stop-motion animation from the past twenty years. Do many seem rather dark to you?
Coraline is creepy. Taking a format designed for children and twisting it to appeal to adults is what animation is all about these days. There’s something about a doll-face or protagonist devoid of eyes that’s disturbing.
I guess that’s the point. Are you brilliant Tim Burton or nuts? What a dark empire you have created.
In the past we had King Kong and Ray Harryhausen’s magic. What about today’s stop animation? What are some of your favorites?
There are times when stop-motion animation in an adult film is very effective. Do you like the Brothers Quay? In the film Frida, their sequence to illustrate her tragic accident was outstanding.