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Masters of puppets: Charlie Kaufman and the subversive allure of stop-motion

Puppet master … an animator working on Anomalisa.

Few people would have put money on old-fashioned stop-motionanimation surviving this far into the digital age. Compared to modern computer animation, it’s like writing your emails in needlepoint. But stop-motion has not just prevailed, it has moved into new territories. Once associated with children’s entertainment, it has somehow found a new lease of life among “grown-up” film-makers – be they live-action auteurs, or animators dealing in darker, child-unfriendlier content. Anomalisa ticks both boxes, and it’s the tip of an iceberg that’s still growing. Wes Anderson, for example, translated his corduroy-suited sensibility into stop-motion for 2009’s Fantastic Mr Fox. It worked so well that he’s making another one, reportedly about a pack of dogs. In addition, we’ve had a steady stream of horror-tinged stop-motion works like Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie, and Laika studios’Coraline, Paranorman and Boxtrolls

Full Guardian Article HERE
Tags: animation, stopfilm, the guardian

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