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  1. Comic-Con Interviews: The Cast & Creators of The Boxtrolls “Couldn’t Make Film Another Way”

    At San Diego Comic-Con, we caught up with LAIKA CEO Travis Knight, as well as directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, and stars Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, and Sir Ben Kingsley to talk about the surprising and inventive process behind The Boxtrolls and LAIKA's LGBTQ representation.

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  2. Comic-Con Interviews: Game of Thrones’ Isaac Hempstead-Wright Talks to Us About The Boxtrolls

    Isaac Hempstead-Wright has a lot to say about the wonders of animation, especially when it comes to his latest project, LAIKA’s The Boxtrolls. Best known for playing Bran Stark on HBO’s megahit Game of Thrones, the young actor is now lending his vocal talents to the characters Eggs, a boy raised by the benign trash-collecting troll clan that live under the fictional Victorian town of Cheesebridge. We spoke to him about all that and more at SDCC!

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  3. I Don’t Know Why LEGO William Shatner Is Time Traveling To William Shakespeare & I Don’t Care.

    And I'll Form the Head!

    Oh, sweet mystery of life, at last I've found you! (via io9) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  4. We Could Watch This 3D Printed Stop Motion Bear All Day And We Will

    And you can't stop us!

    A lot of people are worried that CGI will replace stop motion animation because it's less time-consuming and ultimately less expensive. If this little guy is any indication, however, then stop motion will never go away, because there will always be someone willing to put in a ridiculous amount of effort to make it happen.

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  5. This Video Reminds Us All That Ewoks Are Actually Vicious Killers, Adorable Vicious Killers

    Just be glad C3PO was around to intervene.

    Ewoks are adorable, and they helped the rebels defeat the Empire at the battle of Endor. That makes it pretty easy to forget that they were totally planning to kill and eat Han, Luke, and Chewbacca before they thought C3PO was their god. At least that's the thesis of the latest LEGO stop-motion video by the Brotherhood Workshop.

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  6. Vsauce and a Stop Motion Animated PlayStation Bring You Six Awesome PlayStation Facts [Video]

    By our math, the PlayStation could've taken us to the moon 512 times. It works like that, right?

    Vsauce is back with another stop motion video with all of the facts about video game consoles you never knew you needed to know. This time, an original PlayStation is bursting at the seams to show you just how much power it was packing and what you could've done with all the money it cost.

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  7. Vsauce Is Here to Meet Your NES Trivia Needs with This NES Stop Motion [Video]

    Shots fired. Lots of them. In Duck Hunt.

    What is the cumulative weight of all NES consoles ever sold? How much total RAM did they contain? What is their correlation to the speed of Domino's Pizza sales? Yup, that's something you'll know after watching this video. You're welcome. All of your burning questions are answered here by a stop motion NES console and Vsauce.

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  8. Master Of Monster Motion, Ray Harryhausen, Passes Away At 92

    so long and thanks for all the fish

    An inspiration to millions - creator, storyteller, pioneer, Ray Harryhausen has passed away.

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  9. Here’s a Stop-Motion Film Made Entirely From Shifting Atoms Around

    Here's a fun fact about IBM's research on storing data atom by atom -- sometimes, it gets really boring. Our latest evidence for this phenomenon is that the folks working on the project feel like making the world's tiniest stop-motion film is a better use of their time, and I'm not going to say that they're wrong. The result of their efforts at atomic animation is this short, A Boy and His Atom.

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  10. Whip It Good: LEGO Castlevania Fan Film’s the Greatest Video You’ll See Today

    YouTube is rife with a plethora of stop motion LEGO films, ranging from the thoroughly entertaining to outright abysmal. Still, a majority of them aren't any longer than 10 minutes since not everybody is willing to devote hours of their time tediously making small LEGO figurines move across a table. Though we can't speak for the dedicated folks behind the feature length fan film Castlevania IV: Legend of Vania. Created by Hovinet Films -- a small studio consisting of three brothers from Finland -- Castlevania IV was a seven-year labor of love that runs for a whopping 146 minutes! Believe us, after watching the movie, you'll have a conflicting urge to start playing with LEGOs and play Castlevania on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Decisions, decisions...

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  11. Someone Made A Stop-Motion Portal 2 Short With LEGO

    The Cake Is A Lie

    Kooberz Studios has entered the Machinima Interactive Film Festival with Part 1 (of 2) of their LEGO Portal 2 film. It features, well, everything you loved from Portal 2 (as well as some thing you might not remember), in stop-motion animation form. And now I really need to replay the game. (via Kotaku) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  12. Stop-Motion LEGOs Make Installing Solar Panels Interesting [Video]

    Created by The Eco Experts in an attempt to show how easy it is to install solar panels, this stop-motion LEGO video does just that, and warms our cold, jaded hearts in the process. Look at how adorable solar panels are, guys! It's like having a puppy nailed to your roof and powers your household.

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  13. Adorable, Crocheted, Four Legged, Stop-Motion Octopus Can’t Turn Everything Blue

    Warning: May Contain Feelings

    This video for Wax Tailor's "Time to Go" (featuring Aloe Blacc) was shot over a period of three months using a chrocheted blue octopus. Okay, okay, fine, it's a quadropus. (via Colossal.)

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  14. Review: A Well-Crafted ParaNorman Doesn’t Pull Its Punches


    If the summer heat has you longing for the autumn season, specifically the atmospheric trappings of supernatural October, then a quick escape to the world of ParaNorman should tide you over until the leaves turn (or, in this reviewer’s case, until the palm tress are no longer self-combusting). Full of traditional ghouls, and contemporary understanding, ParaNorman is a solidly packed animated adventure that calls to mind teen movies past. It’s got style, some neat bells and whistles, and a show of beautiful craftsmanship that nearly makes up for the pacing pitfalls. Norman’s a likeable young boy, withdrawn and imaginative, sullen and stubborn as befits both age and situation. He’s got an inherited gift he doesn’t want; he can see, and freely communicate, with the dead. His discussions with unseen spirits make him the laughing stock of the town, but his powers come in handy when a long-dead witch’s curse unleashes the undead, and a fierce neon-lit hurricane, on blasé Blithe Hollow.

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  15. Performing The Painstaking Production That Is ParaNorman [VIDEO]

    Curiouser and curiouser!

    We were already super excited about ParaNorman, even before they sent us a zombie to unearth, but seeing some behind-the-scenes production work on the film is making us even more so. I freely admit to always having a fascination with stop-motion animation so ParaNorman is totally up my alley but I've never actually seen it being done. Here's a time-lapse look at just a fraction of what it takes to create the look achieved on the big screen. In theaters August 17! (via Collider)

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  16. Stop-Motion Animation for Delta Heavy Dubstep Video is Quite Pretty [Video]

    Whether or not you love or hate dubstep, or any form of abrasive electronic music, you can't help but love some of the neat videos that come along with it. Take this video by Delta Heavy, for instance; if you hate the music, it still provides some really awesome visuals. Especially when drops become filthy sick and all the childhood games you played end up getting murdered.

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  17. A Musical, Stop-Motion Send-Off: “The Rifle’s Spiral” by The Shins [Video]

    This is just like magic!

    Jamie Caliri has a well-rounded career in music videos and animation (including work for the opening and closing credits for Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events), and for The Shins, he combined both of his talents in this Edward Gorey-inspired, stop-motion video for the band's single "The Rifle's Spiral." There's much to like about it, especially if you like androgynous magicians, slightly twisted imagery, and bunny rabbits. Perhaps evil ones. After the jump, watch the making-of video.

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  18. Tim Burton Returning to Stop-Motion Animation Again — This Time With Seth Grahame-Smith

    Peanut Butter and Chocolate

    After working on Dark Shadows together, Tim Burton and Seth Grahame-Smith will reunite for the former's return to the ooky-spooky land of stop-motion animation. It's yet another project the new dynamic duo will be working on in addition to a possible Beetlejuice sequel. We like this friendship! It's not just peanut butter and chocolate -- it's peanut butter, chocolate, and cinnamon.

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  19. A Lego, Stop-Motion Version Of The Dark Knight Rises Trailer

    Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

    We've seen our fair share of The Dark Knight Rises trailer mash-ups the last few months (see below) and although this one is more of an homage with Lego than a mash-up, we felt compelled to share it. ParanickFilmz put this one together and it is glorious. I need that Commissioner Gordon figure immediately because that mustache is epic, and also, Catwoman's hat is and Miranda Tate's (*cough*Talia*cough) facial expression is spot on. (via The Beat) Previously in The Dark Knight Rises Trailers

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  20. The Annie Awards Honor Jennifer Yuh Nelson As Best Director, Politely Acknowledges Tintin

    Almost Totally Excellent

    The woman who was named Hollywood's highest grossing female director, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, can add another honor-notch to her belt: She was named Best Director at last week's Annie Awards, which honors achievements in animated films. Rango won Best Picture, and if you thought that this is where The Adventures of Tintin would catch a break ... you were mostly right.

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