At first glance, this new show for the Universal Kids channel might look like a Bob the Builder clone. With tool in hand, Norman is able to fix just about any problem his woodsy neighbors can come up with. The idea is a wholesome one as this show is aimed at pre-school aged kids on working together. It's all about the team work! The new series is made by the talented crew at Factory in Manchester U.K. Their web site is full of photos and information which you can find here. If you want to learn more about the show to find out what times to watch, or if you want to learn about the characters in the show click here.

The popular channel counter656 on YouTube created a stop motion film to bring the cards and characters to life for their popular card game. The channel has almost one million subscribers and is one of the most famous stop motion channels to date. So the question now is - is the card game now popular because the stop motion video went viral? Maybe, the animation has so far generated almost 300,000 views since positng it. You can read about their card game by clicking here.


Missing Link is finally on DVD! For those of you who missed it in theaters (some say the marketing was very limited), you can now watch it at home. Collider reviewed the new release and they go through all of the additional behind the scenes clips that they added on. So if you'd like to know what went into making the film, this may be a great resource to have handy for inspiration when you're not feeling creative. Take a look at the trailer and read the Collider review by clicking here.

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Stop motion armature specialist Animation Toolkit has partnered with Aardman to design and create a bespoke armature kit to help stop motion animation students and enthusiasts with the puppet making process.

The Aardman Animation Kit includes eight easy to assemble products, from a customizable Character Kit to a compact A2 Studio Stage – perfect for the bedroom animator.

The kit is now available to pre-order on the Animation Toolkit website




If you've watched TV lately you may have run across these fun and creative stop motion commercials for the Trolli gummy candies. Becky & Joe from Blinkink were the creators of the spots. Joe Eckworth released this great making-of video below showing the commercials and what happened behind the scenes. You're definitely going to be inspired! Make sure to visit his Instagram page over here as well as his Vimeo page over here.

Trolli - The Making Of from Joe Eckworth on Vimeo.