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thekidshouldseethis:

Mother Goose Stories was made in 1946 by pioneering stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen. Distributed to schools, it includes Little Miss Muffet, Old Mother Hubbard, The Queen of Hearts, and Humpty Dumpty.

He used armatured models. The ball and socket armatures were made by his father although based on Ray’s designs, and were clothed in tiny costumes made by his mother.  Each had a series of replacement heads, with extreme expressions and he would dissolve from one head to another to simulate reactions. 

Harryhausen is best known for his work on Mighty Joe Young, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and Jason and the Argonauts, but he created a number of children’s stories early in his careerHarryhausen’s The Story of King Midas was not approved by the entire TKSST editorial team, but if your kids don’t mind mysterious, scowling, lesson-providing beings that appear and disappear into thin air, you should definitely watch that, too.

There are more stop-motion videos in the archives.

I had a vhs of old cartoons from the 40s and these were on it and creeped me out, but I’d watch it all the time.

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In the original Japanese script of Kiki’s Delivery Service, Kiki loses her ability to communicate with Jiji permanently, but in the American version a line is added which implies she is once again able to understand him. Miyazaki has said that Jiji is the immature side of Kiki, and this implies that Kiki, by the end of the original Japanese version, has matured beyond talking to her cat.

In the original Japanese script of Kiki’s Delivery Service, Kiki loses her ability to communicate with Jiji permanently, but in the American version a line is added which implies she is once again able to understand him. Miyazaki has said that Jiji is the immature side of Kiki, and this implies that Kiki, by the end of the original Japanese version, has matured beyond talking to her cat.

(Source: Wikipedia, via little-lady-macbeth)

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espeonofficial:

the lack of appreciation for animation that has become so apparent lately is awfully upsetting. in my opinion, it’s one of the most beautiful art forms there is.

by taking pencil to paper, by creating joints and textures meticulously on a computer, by putting all your heart into a voice to give life to a drawing, by adding subtle sounds to a scene so it feels complete, you are creating a world where there was nothing before. it’s hard enough to make a film where the people and scenery already exist. it’s nothing short of stunning to make one where all the people, all the world around them, the sounds around them and the movements they make, are all created by human hands. you can craft things that could never happen in live action film, bring fantasies that only ever ran around in peoples minds before to life. 

you can give a voice to people who might not have it, make a message in a way that only your mind can see it. everything can be tailored to the creative vision with enough effort and love. and it takes so much effort and so much love. animators, voice actors, riggers, designers, storyboarding, for some films even making sure every single expression there needs to be exists for a stop motion figure. all these people and more work tirelessly to bring these visions to life. it’s so much more than just “children’s things.”

it’s an art form, and i’d very much like to see this realized. 

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rufftoon:

mukasfilms:

[Poster] Ernest et Célestine

It is now announced as coming out March 14th in the US. I don’t know how widely distributed it will be, but do keep an eye out for it. I don’t know if there will be a lot of advertisement about it. Will make sure to do a little reminder the weekend it opens.

Yaaaaay finally!

rufftoon:

mukasfilms:

[Poster] Ernest et Célestine

It is now announced as coming out March 14th in the US. I don’t know how widely distributed it will be, but do keep an eye out for it. I don’t know if there will be a lot of advertisement about it. Will make sure to do a little reminder the weekend it opens.

Yaaaaay finally!

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greyannis:

After many delays, my graduation film. It’s about two best friends who explore a city floating in the air, where an unexpected discovery puts their friendship to the test. If you liked, comment, like, reblog, whatever, it would be highly appreciated. :)

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taurielsss:

Stop motion is a technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Dolls with movable joints or clay figures are often used in stop motion for their ease of repositioning. Stop motion animation using plasticine is called clay animation or “clay-mation”.

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ohyeahralphbakshi:

25 years ago today, Ralph Bakshi pitched a show that would later be made as a christmas themed special for Nickelodeon. Originally pitched as a tv show, the special Christmas In Tattertown was influenced and based off of a comic that Ralph did when he was in high-school.

The idea of Tattertown being a show was scrapped, but it did influence Nick to explore new ideas for original programming for animation. 

Happy 25th Anniversary to Christmas in Tattertown.