Watch The Agitated, a dark and twisted noir stop-motion short

If Raymond Chandler was writing for the Brothers Quay, it might feel like The Agitated, a fantastic new short film directed by Preston Maybank. The stop-motion animated film tells the dark, witty, and weird story of Guy, a creepy clown puppet who breaks free from the literal and figurative strings controlling his life and embarks on a nightmarish journey through his own tortured soul. This is cartoon noir at its finest. And if the voice of Foxy sounds familiar, that's because the character is played by John Billingsley, Doctor Phlox on Star Trek: Enterprise! The Agitated is making the film festival rounds or you can rent it for a couple bucks on Vimeo On Demand.

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A candy corn and pretzel fire for your HD fireplace

PES's classic stop-motion animation The Fireplace, newly remastered in 4k.

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116 years of stop-motion animation in 3 minutes

Vugar Efendi takes viewers through a delightful survey of stop-motion animation from 1900 to today. How many of the 39 films featured can you name? Read the rest

Stop-motion master PES recreates classic video game death sequences

The wonderful stop-motion filmmaker PES is back, this time with five retro arcade game death sequences. Read the rest

Stop motion animation: This paper ramen looks delicious!

Yelldesign: "We thought it would fun to make a complete meal from start to finish, using only paper. Everything you see is made from paper, except for the hands."

See more of their Papermeals here.

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Stop motion video made from laser cut wood

Andre Maat, a director and animator from Amsterdam, made a short stop-motion video called Woodo that uses many pieces of laser cut wood to make it look like he is cutting, molding, and stretching plywood. Read the rest

Watch the 'Don't Hug Me I'm Scared' finale

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared, the dark British web series of shorts created by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling, released its sixth and final episode. If you haven't seen the others that came out starting in 2011, start below first: Read the rest

Deeply weird animation of a clay man assembling himself

Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer's Tma/Svetlo/Tma ("Darkness Light Darkness"), a stunningly surreal stop-motion animation from 1989.

(Thanks, UPSO!)

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1968 stop motion TV commercial for Gulf No-Nox gas

In 1968, I eagerly waited for this gasoline commercial to air. It featured people magically scooting around the street on their butts. It was likely the best thing on TV that year. Read the rest

Celebrate July 4th with a PES animated classic!

"Fireworks," a classic from 2009 by PES. Happy Independence Day! Read the rest

The best (stop-motion) karate fight you've ever seen

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New PES stop-motion film: Submarine Sandwich

Hurray! A new short film by stop-motion artist PES. In this one, a butcher makes a tasty sub sandwich out of baseball mitts, and other non-edible stuff. Read the rest

WATCH: Handmade stop-motion horror from ABCs of Death 2

"D is for Deloused" by director Robert Morgan contains some of the creepiest handmade horror we've ever seen. A Boing Boing exclusive!

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: New episode and book

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On returns for a third episode in celebration of a new book, The Most Surprised I've Ever Been.

We covered creators Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate when they won the AFI prize for the first episode back in 2010. Here's the 2011 sequel for you completionists. Read the rest

Zelda-themed stop-motion chalk-drawing animation

Chalk artist Chris Carlson sends us this astounding stop-motion animation of his 3D chalk drawings of Link from Legend of Zelda, popping out of two-space and having a mischievous adventure in our world. I can't even begin to imagine the amount of labor that went into drawing the frames of this animation -- bravo! (Thanks, Chris!) Read the rest

Epic stop-motion action-figure videos: Einstein vs Darth Vader

Patrick Boivin is a stop-motion animation genius who does insanely amazing and expressive things with cheap action figures. I could watch Einstein kicking Vader's ass for hours.

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Batman (1966) title sequence with action figures

Kyle Roberts used Mattel's new classic Batman action figures to recreate the iconic title sequence of the 1960 Batman TV series. Oklahoma City's O'Fidelis covered the theme tune and Nathan Poppe drew the backgrounds for this stop-motion fun. "Batman Stop Motion Intro (1966)" Read the rest

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