Claymation is a distinctive kind of animation. Classic films have made use of it, and these are some of the best examples.
Animated clay characters are the focus of the Claymation art form. While traditional animation and claymation can be used together in some cases, the style is distinctive, appealing, and easily recognizable when done in stop-motion.
Despite the fact that Claymation is a labor-intensive technique that is becoming less used as animation technology improves, some of the best films have been made using it. The following are ten of the very finest in this category. Gass: Claymation/stop-motion The art of animation is vastly underappreciated and needs much more recognition. Regardless of whether you like traditional ink-and-paper techniques or cutting-edge computer-generated imagery (CGI) developments, the amount of love and attention that goes into these meticulously created films is evident. To bring these tales to life, every little element is lovingly crafted by a talented and caring hand. Animation fans should not miss out on seeing these works of art in motion.
1. The Boxtrolls
Despite its position at the top of the list, The Boxtrolls is one of only a handful of films on this list not produced by Aardman Studios. Ben Kingsley, Richard Ayoade, and Simon Pegg’s appearances are well-placed, and the film’s unique setting necessitated the innovative use of clay models and animation. Despite its unconventional approach, the film was premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2014.
2. The Adventures of Mark Twain
To describe The Adventures of Mark Twain as “strange and unique” is an understatement. On a large, steampunk-esque airship, the titular author, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Becky Thatcher are accompanied by Halley’s Comet on a collision course. Most of the story revolves around the youngsters running across characters from his prior novels. It’s a little bizarre, but it’s well worth a look.
For an animated children’s animation, Paranorman was a surprising somber attempt. The stop-motion claymation was combined with 3D printed faces for each of the characters, which required some innovative thinking during the creation process.
Paranorman’s groundbreaking characterization was just as groundbreaking as its groundbreaking production. A milestone for a mainstream animated film, Mitch was the first openly gay character. One of the reasons Paranorman was such a brilliant, forward-thinking release was the fact that this reveal was made without fanfare or the intention of drawing attention.
4. Mary And Max
This is by far the least-known entry in this list of entries. Even though it was produced on a little budget and released in a hesitant manner, this Australian tragedy-comedy has become known for its heartfelt tale and grim content. Intricate sets, puppets, and props were used to create an artistically massive film that explored the complicated topics of addiction, mental illness, and loneliness. It took a long time to make. It’s a heartfelt release that’s worth a closer look.
5. Wallace And Gromit In The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit
In The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, the Wallace and Gromit feature picture, the duo demonstrated their ability to expand on an already brilliant subject in a way that was unanimously applauded.
As the rest of the series, The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit has a classic appeal because of its ability to entertain children while still keeping adults involved with its mature storyline.
6. Chicken Run
One thing we can all agree on, regardless of whether or not Chicken Run 2 is in production, is that the first Chicken Run is a fantastic work of filmmaking.
Chicken Run was able to attract an impressive supporting cast, including Mel Gibson and Timothy Spall, thanks to a collaboration between Dreamworks and, of course, Aardman. On top of that, the script and tale were equally heartbreaking and amusing. If you’re a fan of stop motion, you’ll love this film.
7. A Close Shave
There are few better claymation artists than Aardman’s Wallace and Gromit series and A Close Shave from 1995. Peter Sallis as Wallace and Gromit, and his silent visual humor, have made this half-hour special one of the best short films of all time since it first aired in 1987. Also, Justin Fletcher as Shaun the Sheep was introduced in this episode. Since then, Fletcher has been the voice of Shaun the Sheep for a number of other successful franchises.
For those curious about Tim Burton’s early days as an animator at the helm of Walt Disney Animation Studios, this is the documentary for you!
The answer is Vincent.
Edgar-Allan-Poe is the inspiration for the short film, which depicts a young boy’s imagination as it is shown by the director.
That said, it does highlight a darker side to Disney that not many people talk about these days. In addition, the film has Burton’s signature flair and Vincent Price’s voiceover.
A devoted fan of Disney will recall that the studio fired Burton for making the first Frankenweenie too gruesome.
That Disney would want the director to make a feature film based on the “scandalous” short is somewhat hilarious, isn’t it.
Stop-motion Frankenweenie isn’t simply a tribute to the Golden Age of horror cinema, but a tribute to one of Tim Burton’s earliest shorts. In this video, Burton is doing what he does best – entertaining the masses.
10. Corpse Bride
The combination of stop-motion animation and a ghoulishly delicious musical by Tim Burton is something to behold!
Incorporating Burton’s unique brand of crazy, Corpse Bride is a gothic Broadway musical with all the trimmings.
Colorful characters, Danny Elfman’s soundtrack, and Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter’s vocals make this film exactly what you’d expect from the director’s palette.
11. The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas is arguably the most well-known claymation film of all time.
Rarely do we see a game with terrifying characters employ such a gorgeous art style, but as our screens fill with the distorted, slippery movements of the primary characters, we can see why this was done.
12. The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists
The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists, despite its long, unappealing title, was a star-studded hit for claymation. In spite of a lacklustre box office performance, the film’s British cast of Hugh Grant, Imelda Staunton, and Martin Freeman was well-received.
From Aardman Studios and their first stop-motion film since The Curse of the Were Rabbit, this one is a treat for the eyes.
In addition, it was their first 3D release. The Wallace and Gromit films have always looked fantastic, but this one really took the art form to new heights.
13. Shaun The Sheep Movie
Shaun The Sheep, who was first introduced in A Close Shave, went on a world-beating journey of his own. For the first time, he had a feature film, a spin-off TV show, and a spin-off movie based on one of the characters from the original TV show. Adults and children alike fell in love with it even though it was entirely quiet. It was a remarkable achievement, given that the majority of the comedy relied on visual aids rather than dialogue. Although it was well-received, it prompted a sequel in 2019.
14. The Wrong Trousers
Wallace and Gromit’s favorite piece of claymation ever returns for one final time. Because of its sophisticated and confident production, it’s easy to forget this is only the second Wallace and Gromit short film.
One of Wallace’s Techno Trousers is used against him by a villainous penguin in the titular duet. With the help of Gromit and Wallace’s ingenuity and effort, the penguin (Feathers McGraw) is finally imprisoned in a brilliant diamond robbery plot.
Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s novel and directed by The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Henry Selick, this twisted fable is horrifying and disturbing.
Laika’s Coraline is a visually stunning film that somehow manages to be both disturbing and lovely in its own right. Fans of the book or those who just like a good dose of the bizarre in their animation will love this entertaining excursion into an other dimension.