Just Released in North America: Animated Family Film ‘Toys in the Attic (2012)’

Czech art director’s Jirí Barta, director Vivian Schilling, and screenwriter Edgar Dutka‘s  Toys in the Attic (2009) English adaptation was written, produced and directed by Schilling has just been released in North America (March 5th) on Video On Demand (VOD). Toys in the Attic is a stop-motion animated film that isn’t just a masterpiece of animation: it is a cleverly created festival of the imagination! Toys tossed aside take …

Out of a Forest – Review

Out of the forest, out of harm’s way. Out of the Forest (2010) Inspired by Victorian literature, the four person team of Tobias Gundorff Boesen, Frederik Villumsen, Katrine Killerich, and Christophe Peladan created a mesmerizing stop motion/live action short about a magician and the wondrous world within his top hat. The impressive scenery within the short was shot on location …

Emile Cohl’s ‘Fantasmagorie’ – Review

The world’s first animated cartoon! Emile Cohl was a French caricaturist credited with creating the first fully animated film in 1908, entitled Fantasmagorie. The animation is just two minutes long, and while over a century old, it is still impressive and entertaining by today’s standards. Cohl uses a mixture of traditional drawing techniques and stop motion, a now famous form …

Kihachiro Kawamoto’s ‘The Demon’ – Review

A human life inhuman without a trace of light. The Demon (ONI) is a stop-motion animation film from master puppeteer Kihachiro Kawamoto and one of his best works.  Based on an ancient Japanese 12th century tale from the anthology Konjaku Monogatarishi; that says that when people grow old, they turn into demons who devour their own offspring. In Kawamoto’s Demon, the tale is indeed as tragic …

Historia Naturae Suita – Review

Nature perspective. Jan Švankmajer‘s Historia Naturae Suita showcase various species in eight categories, ranging from crustaceans to humans. Each category’s presentation is set to a track in a certain genre of music. Beautiful visuals are provided in the form of live and preserved specimens, skeletons, vintage images, and life sized 3D models with the use of stop motion techniques. It’s an engaging …