robot chicken

I've always had a kind of love-hate relationship with Robot Chicken. I love that it's done using stop motion. I love that it's so all about pop culture and has fun with many of the properties I love. I love that it's free. But I hate that it too often devolves into easy potty humor instead of being clever. But overall, it's fun to watch and it's great to see how it makes use of stop motion to such great effect.

As the stop-motion series reaches its 10th season, the creators, cast, and crew reflect on 15 years of playing with action figures on-camera. The attached article details how the show was conceived, sold, and the challenges (and fun!) the creators have had with it over the years. It's a long read, but well worth the time investment.

Click here for the article from the website



Tonight we had a chat with Terry Ibele. Terry is creator of the Animation Industry Podcast and has experience in clay animation and 2-D hand drawn animation. His most notable and funny short animation being the Fish King which was done in clay. Terry also goes to Sheridan College in Canada and is studying to potentially carry the stop motion torch into the future. In this interview he goes on to talk about how both his podcast and life experiences have shaped his outlook and desire to choose art over the mundane business world. You can find links to his podcast, Instagram and YouTube channels below:

Harryhausen Book

Known for his iconic stop-motion creatures, Ray Harryhausen was at the forefront of Hollywood special effects for much of the 20th century. His films include One Million Years B.C., Clash of the Titans and Jason and the Argonauts, among others. But for every film that reaches the big screen, half a dozen projects are never realized.

Harryhausen: The Lost Movies, by author John Walsh, explores Harryhausen's unrealized films, including unused ideas, projects he turned down and scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor. This book includes never-been-seen-before artwork, sketches, photos and test footage from the Harryhausen Foundation archives.

You can purchase the book at your favorite book seller, but here is a link to the listing on Amazon. It’s affordably priced at $28.



Want to own a piece of stop motion animation history?  Sure you do.  Got at least $1,000 to do it? Well, maybe not.  Five hand-made puppets and three promotional photographs from Ernest B. Schoedsack's adventure sequel The Son of Kong are currently up at auction.  These wood-and-fabric puppets, designed by RKO Cameraman Guy Neward, were used for the sequence in which Hilda (Helen Mack), Carl (Robert Armstrong), Charlie (Victor Wong), and Captain Englehorn (Frank Reicher) fled crumbling Skull Island in a rowboat.  Sorry, but the actual Son of Kong himself is a no show for this auction.

Information about the auction can be found here. 



Montreal 2019A

Festival Stop Motion Montreal is the world’s longest-running festival dedicated to this medium, and perhaps its most ambitious. The 11th edition, which runs September 16–22, will center on the theme of “stop motion in the digital age.”

This year, the festival welcomes Phil Tippett, a legendary stop-motion visual effects artist, who has been working for several years on the short film series Mad God as an independent filmmaker. Three episodes of this series will be presented, in addition to its virtual reality version. Phil Tippett will also offer a conference that allows festival goers to learn about the different aspects of his work.

Information about Festival Stop Motion Montreal can be found here