Top Ten: Stop-motion Animated films

For this week’s top ten, I found inspiration from watching Coraline.

Honourable mentions include: Fantastic Mr Fox (2009) – I wasn’t a fan of the film itself, as Wes Anderson films just don’t seem to tickle my fancy, but I can certainly recognise that the stop-motion was done ever so well.

Without further ado, here is my top ten…

10. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – Not a favourite in terms of the narrative, but the stop-motion is beautifully done; of course in Burton-style!

9. Frankenweenie (2012) –  I wouldn’t exactly advise children to view this film, as it could be seen as quite disturbing for an animation. Very different from the rest, unique, and underrated.

8. Paranorman (2012)More like “Paranorman Activity”… Great animation and funny characters, though not particularly for children, as initially promoted…

7. The Box Trolls (2014) – It has a refreshing look that’s unique compared to most in the animation genre out there. Artistically speaking, the animation was incredible!

6. Chicken Run (2000) – Very original. The crafting of the film is absolutely beyond all praise – the details, the mise-en-scene, the characters. I couldn’t care less about the formulaic plot; Chicken Run is and is supposed to be, a feast for the eyes.

5. James and the Giant Peach (1996) – Very cleverly crafted. It deserves a little more praise in my opinion. A film that cleverly combines stylised live action with stop motion sequences.

4The Wind in the Willows (1983) – There have been several adaptations of The Wind in the Willows, but this one is undoubtedly the best of the bunch! A lovely experience for both children and adults alike.

3. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) – Who doesn’t love Wallace and Gromit?! This was the first ever full-length Wallace and Gromit film, and it certainly will not disappoint fans of the duo. It’s great fun for all ages!

2. Coraline (2009) – The animation was almost perfect! For a stop-motion, the flow of it was seamless. A magical experience; one to be treasured!

1. Mary and Max (2009) – Honestly the greatest stop-motion film I have ever seen. This film will forever hold a small place in my heart, and I highly recommend it. Not a film you want to watch when you’re in the mood for a feel-good film…it’s quite the opposite. It’s deeply moving, humourous, and will most likely leave quite an impact on you. This is a wonderful, wonderful film.

What are your favourite Stop-motion films? Who else is a fan of Mary and Max? Let me know below in the comments section!

14 thoughts on “Top Ten: Stop-motion Animated films

  1. I rarely watch stop motion films as they’re probably my least favorite kind of animation, but from the ones that I have seen, I would place it as

    1. Coraline
    2. 9
    3. Nightmare Before Christmas
    4. Fantastic Mr. Fox.

    Still, my array of films in this category is extremely limited.

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  2. All in all, I pretty much agree with this list, except Coraline and Mary and Max would be tied for first and Frankenweenie would be 10. Also, may I point out that 3 of these films are from Laika, and they’ve only made 3 big films. Wes Anderson may not be your thing (he is mine), but Laika might be (they are mine).

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