Words by Benjamin Pinsent
Another Auteur would be Jan Švankmajer; using a mix of live actors and puppets he created the mastifle Alice (1988) a reimagining of Alice in Wonderland using things found in the attic to create a very different wonderland to that of Disney.
Nick Park, the creator of Wallace and Gromit as well as Creature Comforts and head of Aardman studios, is probably the most well know purveyor of stop motion animation.
So, to conclude, although stopmotion animation is only used rarely, there have been some major releases and talents attached to these projects over the last few years. Tim Burton released Corpse Bride (2005) as a sort of follow up to his collaboration with Henry Selik (director of Coraline) on Nightmare before Christmas.
Wes Anderson, king of the left of the dial films, adapted Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox (2009) using animations kryptonite, fur, creating a very charming and stylised world where Bill Murrey as Badger fights George Clooney’s Fox.
September 14th was the date Laika released their next project to the UK, ParaNorman. Based around a outsider, ParaNorman has been gaining a buzz around it partly due to the studio attached but now due to the positive reviews that it has been gaining since release.
Tim Burton, not to be outdone, will retort in 2013 with an adaptation of his classic short, Frankenweenie, the tale of a young boy so distraught with the death of his dog he decides to bring it back to life.
And Finally Charlie Kaufman will be releasing a short film Anomalisa having collaborated with Starburn Industries sometime in the future (the people behind adult swim shows like Moral Oral and Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole).
This art form does not deserve to have been cast aside as it has, though CGI animation is easier and less time consuming, most films lack that hand made quality that studio’s like Laika and Aardman have. The charm of these movies is that sometimes the animation is not as smooth as you would like it to be and that you can see thumb prints on Wallace’s face at times. It shows that people took the time to make a piece of art, the effort is what makes these films special.