For this week’s top ten, I found inspiration from watching Coraline.
Honourable mentions include: Fantastic Mr Fox (2009) – I wasn’t a fan of the film itself, as Wes Anderson films just don’t seem to tickle my fancy, but I can certainly recognise that the stop-motion was done ever so well.
Without further ado, here is my top ten…
10. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – Not a favourite in terms of the narrative, but the stop-motion is beautifully done; of course in Burton-style!
9. Frankenweenie (2012) – I wouldn’t exactly advise children to view this film, as it could be seen as quite disturbing for an animation. Very different from the rest, unique, and underrated.
8. Paranorman (2012) – More like “Paranorman Activity”… Great animation and funny characters, though not particularly for children, as initially promoted…
7. The Box Trolls (2014) – It has a refreshing look that’s unique compared to most in the animation genre out there. Artistically speaking, the animation was incredible!
6. Chicken Run (2000) – Very original. The crafting of the film is absolutely beyond all praise – the details, the mise-en-scene, the characters. I couldn’t care less about the formulaic plot; Chicken Run is and is supposed to be, a feast for the eyes.
5. James and the Giant Peach (1996) – Very cleverly crafted. It deserves a little more praise in my opinion. A film that cleverly combines stylised live action with stop motion sequences.
4. The Wind in the Willows (1983) – There have been several adaptations of The Wind in the Willows, but this one is undoubtedly the best of the bunch! A lovely experience for both children and adults alike.
3. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) – Who doesn’t love Wallace and Gromit?! This was the first ever full-length Wallace and Gromit film, and it certainly will not disappoint fans of the duo. It’s great fun for all ages!
2. Coraline (2009) – The animation was almost perfect! For a stop-motion, the flow of it was seamless. A magical experience; one to be treasured!
1. Mary and Max (2009) – Honestly the greatest stop-motion film I have ever seen. This film will forever hold a small place in my heart, and I highly recommend it. Not a film you want to watch when you’re in the mood for a feel-good film…it’s quite the opposite. It’s deeply moving, humourous, and will most likely leave quite an impact on you. This is a wonderful, wonderful film.
What are your favourite Stop-motion films? Who else is a fan of Mary and Max? Let me know below in the comments section!