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Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it!
Regardless of whomsoever you applaud for its achievements, the film was a stunning feat of stop-motion animation, which until this point had not been seen quite so thoroughly-implemented or so well-executed. Furthermore, the off-the-wall subject matter (a figurehead for Halloween kidnapping Santa Claus with the intention of hijacking Christmas to brighten up Halloween) makes it a refreshing and interesting contribution to the animated genre.
It’s more than just a children’s film; it’s a fascinating exploration of the possibilities of cinema.So of course, you’ll want more of the same.Luckily, in the 20 or so years since the release of this collaboration between Selick and Burton, there have been some excellent variations on the theme. Stop-motion animation is a novel way of film-making in itself… but when you throw in some wacky storylines and zany characters, that’s when things really come to life.
Sometimes adults don’t know what they’re talking about.
When it comes to Tim Burton, you probably either love him or hate him. Or, for many people, it might be more of a case of “used-to-love-him-but-not-quite-sure-about-him-anymore”. After the fantastic Big Fish, there followed a decade long lull (in my opinion) which included such underwhelming efforts as Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
However, Frankenweenie was a return to form, of sorts. A retelling of Burton’s own short from 1984, the film takes Mary Shelley’s classic story and applies it to a teenage boy mourning the loss of his pit bull terrier dog, recently deceased.
Expect all the usual tropes, including myriad references to classic horror flicks, funky lighting, quirky dialogue and an entire cast of characters that look sleep- and sun-deprived.
I thought you’d like him more if he talked a little less. So I fixed him.
Coraline is one of the only two movies in which Selick didn’t collaborate with Burton; the other being the dreadful Monkeybone. Thankfully, this effort showed that Selick didn’t have to rely on Burton for his magical weirdness.
Coming out four years after Burton’s Corpse Bride, Coraline is in my opinion a similar but vastly-superior movie concerning a young girl who stumbles into a seemingly idyllic parallel universe… but which reveals itself to be harbouring sinister secrets.
Combining classic horror storylines with beautiful imagery and some rather creepy button eyes, Coraline is a delight for any fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
I grew up on Nick Park’s trio of shorts concerning Wallace and Gromit and also enjoyed Chicken Run, his debut feature film; so I was very excited to learn that he was bringing back the clay couple for a longer adventure in 2005.
The film doesn’t disappoint, containing all of the charm of the originals. Expect elaborate contraptions, a comical villain, some understated heroism from Gromit and the endeavouring accent of Wallace. And Wensleydale, of course.
There’s a lot of attitudes going on around here… don’t let me get one.
Wes Anderson’s re-imagining of this classic children’s tale is as entertaining as it is quirky, uniting memorable characters with a flawless cast and brilliant stop-motion animation.
Like the others on this list, it is highly-stylised in the normal Anderson fashion, complete with moving camera scene changes, character tics, subtly wry humour and a delightful soundtrack featuring Jarvis Cocker (who also has a small cameo).
Look out for Willem Dafoe’s Rat in particular; he steals the brief scenes in which he appears with charismatic flair.
When I was young, I invented an invisible friend called Mr Ravioli. My psychiatrist says I don’t need him anymore, so he just sits in the corner and reads.
This underrated gem from Australia stole pole position in my own personal top ten of animated films for adults. Why? Because it has heart.
All of the other entries on this list are entertaining and innovative in their own ways, but they are more about style than substance. This movie tells a moving tale of mismatched pen pals from opposite ends of the globe and as well as utilising the same sort of quirkiness and panache that characterises my other entries, it also leaves the viewer with warmed heart and teary eyes.
While the others might be comparable to the sugary treats received on Halloween by trick or treaters, this is a more satisfying and savoury feast for the sensibilities.