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Watch a Century of Stop-Motion Animation in 3 Minutes

The video shows how the animation techniques have changed and improved overtime.

The Evolution of Stop Motion


With the recent release of “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Vimeo user Vugar Efendi decided to create a three-minute video essay about the evolution of stop-motion. Featuring films like “The Enchanted Drawing,” the 1933 film “King Kong,” “Star Wars: A New Hope,” “A Nightmare Before Christmas” and many more, the filmmaker takes viewers all the way back to the early 1900s to show how the animation technique has changed and improved over time.

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One of the first uses of stop-motion is credited to Albert E. Smith and J. Stuart Blackton for the 1898 film “The Humpty Dumpty Circus.” The 1902 movie “Fun in a Bakery Shop,” shown in the video below, was also one of the first to use the technique.

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IndieWire has previously showcased Efendi’s videos including a Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky tribute that compared the two giants’ styles. His video “Film Meets Art” also takes a look at how some of the greatest films of the past hundred years were inspired by paintings and other mediums.

Check out Efendi latest creation below, set to Michael Danna’s “The Streak.”

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