A stop motion ode to quarantine made entirely out of toilet paper

Animator Kate J. Miller has created a highly accurate ode to the shelter-in-place experience using our most precious commodity: toilet paper.

“Two Ply Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” is the grand prize winner of KQED’s Homemade Film Festival. I worked on this festival, which was conceived as a way to inspire creativity and connection during shelter-in-place. Filmmakers were asked to submit a movie under 10 minutes long, created entirely at home. We expected a few entries, but, wow! We were hit with a cinema tsunami! A veritable tidal wave of amazing submissions. From an animated documentary about racism to a heavy metal ode to hamsters, there was really something for everyone. See for yourself here:

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A stop-motion car combat show from Jon Favreau and Seth Green coming to Quibi

Players of tabletop car combat games like Gaslands, Car Wars, and AutoKill will likely rejoice at the news that Jon Favreau and Seth Green have just signed a deal with Quibi to create Micro Mayhem, a series of stop-motion car combat shorts using die-cast toy cars as the stars.

Green is obviously no stranger to the world of stop-motion, having been one of the primary creative voices behind the long-running Cartoon Network series Robot Chicken. He’s also produced stop-motion shows like SuperMansion, Buddy Thunderstruck, and Titan Maximum, and as you can see from the end-credits tags on the videos above, he and his Stoopid Buddy Studios have been hooked up with these guys for years already. While Favreau has typically worked in live-action, he also has some experience with stop-motion, having used it in his 2003 film Elf to recreate the look of Rankin/Bass Christmas classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Several years ago, this video was posted to YouTube. It was likely a floater to prove the concept and to gauge audience reaction.

Quibi, which launches on April 6, 2020, is a new mobile-only platform promising daily content at 10 minutes or less.

More info on Slashfilm and Deadline.

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11 minutes of garbage, flesh, mastication, digestion, eructation, and decay

I found "Dimensions of Dialogue" (1983) on my favorite subreddit r/ObscureMedia. It's an 11-minute stop-motion orgy of garbage, flesh, mastication, digestion, eructation, and decay by Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer. Read the rest

Fantastic stop motion animation of playing card control

Omozoc created this terrific stop motion animation from 1,667 photographs!

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Celebrate July 4 with this classic fireworks stop motion animation!

"Fireworks," a classic by PES. Happy Independence Day!

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Watch this delightful film where LEGOs replace wood and tools

In this charming stop motion animation, YouTubers BrickBros created a lovely children's toy, shooting it in a way that makes it seem as if their woodshop consisted only of LEGO-based items. Some very clever uses of small pieces throughout. Read the rest

Watch this stop-motion "dance" sequence made of 4,000 stills

YouTuber nigahiga took a fan request and made this impressive clip of dancing without moving over the course of a week. Read the rest

Original Rankin/Bass 'Rudolph' puppets up for sale, but have an enormous price tag

It's cool just seeing these images of the original Santa and Rudolph puppets from Rankin/Bass' 1964 TV perennial classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. They're so iconic, so familiar, even if that Santa was a real jerk.

It's exciting to dream about owning them. I mean, you could own them, as they've been put up for sale on eBay recently. But, what's not cool or exciting is that they are listed for TEN MILLION DOLLARS.

Now before you whip out your checkbook, put down the crack pipe and take note of how small they are. Both of them fit comfortably in a briefcase:

Also keep this 2006 Antiques Roadshow story and estimate in mind:

The man who brought them in said he got them from his aunt, who worked at Rankin/Bass in the 1970s. She bought these two puppets from the company, as well as other ones from the Rudolph production, including Yukon Cornelius and Hermey, the elf who wants to grow up to be a dentist. (She also had bought the other characters, such as Sam the Snowman, played by Burl Ives, but they "got melted in our attic," the owner explained.)

Judging by what he saw of Rudolph and Santa, Lipman was convinced that these two dolls were the original production puppets, not replicas merchandised later. "You can tell by the way they were constructed," he says, noting that they were built of wood, cloth, and plastic. "These were hand-made. They weren't toys. They had mechanisms to make them move, to make them come alive almost.

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