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2022 Stop-Motion Animations

Billy Stoker Feb 09, 2022 Scroll to read in 6 minutes

Here at our animation studio, we obviously love seeing new stop-motion animation. Over the next twelve months we are looking forward to some exciting new stop-motion animation in 2022. To help you find out more about which stop-frame animations are coming out and when, we’ve pulled together a list of some of the animations, information about the production teams, director/writers, and what to expect from each animation. We’ve also outlined the dates - insofar as we know them - so you know how long you have to wait until you can crack out the popcorn and watch these amazing stop-motion pieces of craft.

1. Pinocchio

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First on our list, we have one of the most star studded stop-motions coming to the big screen that we have seen for a very long time. A 2022 Netflix adaptation of the original 1883 Italian Novel by Carlo Collodi, ‘Pinocchio’. Directed by world renowned director and writer ‘Guillermo Del Toro’. ‘Pinocchio’ is a feature length stop-frame animation that brings the story of a small wooden boy who comes to life, and his journey of realising his dream of being a real life boy. However, in this version of the story, things take a darker turn for the worse as Pinocchio is actually a mischievous child who tries to cause as much mayhem as he possibly can. The stop-motion will feature alternative story lines compared to the original novels but will still retain the core story of being about disobedience and Pinocchio’s struggles to meet the expectations of his father. As previously mentioned, the cast for this animation is really something quite impressive. Featuring huge names in cinema such as Ewan McGregor, voicing ‘Jiminy Cricket’, Cate Blanchett as ‘Sprezzatura the Monkey’ and two time Golden Globe winner Christoph Waltz, voicing ‘the Fox’. The lead animation studio for this stop-motion is ‘ShadowMachine’. An American animation studio that has worked on incredibly popular stopframe-animations in the past such as Adult Swims, ‘Robot Chicken’ and ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole’. With all the incredibly talented people coming together for this stop-motion, and Netflix’s financial backing. ‘Pinocchio’ is sure to be a visually stunning and perfectly portrayed animation of the original story. The current release date set for ‘Pinocchio’ is December 2022, it currently does not have a full trailer released. So far only a very short teaser trailer released by Netflix is available. But this is definitely a stop-motion you don’t want to miss!

2. Wendell and Wild

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Next up is another Netflix stop-motion animation, ‘Wendell and Wild’. ‘Wendell and Wild’ is a stop-frame animation that started production in 2015 from award winning American Director, Henry Selick. If you’re a fan and follower of stop-motion animation you will most likely recognise this name as he was the director for some of the most admired and respected stop-frame animations to ever grace the big screen. Smash hits such as ‘The Nightmare before Christmas’ and ‘Coroline’. ‘Wendel and Wild’ is actually Selicks first feature length film since ‘Caroline’ which was released in 2009. The story of ‘Wendell and Wild’ is that of two devious brothers named Wendell and Wild. They are hunted down by their demon slaying enemy named Sister Helly, who is helped by two rebellious teens named Raoul and Kat. We follow the two brothers as they try to scheme their way through life whilst avoiding their arch nemesis. The two main characters for this stop-motion are voiced by famous comedy duo, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, known for their highly regarded comedic sketch show ‘Key & Peele’. The lead animation studio for this stop-frame animation is ‘Netflix Animation’, a subdivision of the streaming service ‘Netflix’. There is currently no specific date set for the release of this animation but it is confirmed to be a toms epoint during 2022. One thing is for sure, this dark comedy looks like it has all the ingredients to the recipe for a stop-motion masterpiece.

3. The House

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The house was produced by London animation studio Nexus. This one really showcases how stop-motion is an incredible art that has an immense amount of pulling power even when compared against its, perhaps more obvious, CGI counterparts. The series of stop-motion animations is called, ‘The House’. It’s a British animated anthology written by Enda Walsh that tells 3 separate stories, all set in the same location, the aforementioned house.

The first story follows the story of a family who move into a new property, purposefully built for them by a mysterious character they meet in the woods. Many strange occurrences begin to occur as the children of the family are the only ones who can notice the trouble that they have found themselves in. The house becomes a trap itself as the parents can’t stop focusing on the small details and annoyances of their newly found homestead.  Story number 2 is about a world populated with human-like rats, and the house is now located in a city and listed for sale. After the house becomes infested with beetles and larvae, the viewing to sell the house goes atrociously for the developer trying to sell the house. Although there is still a mysterious couple who still would like to stay. With no other options available to him, the developer lets them stay in the house. Over the following day mysterious events repeatedly happen and as the pressure from the bank to sell the house intensifies, the house plunges deeper and deeper into despair.  The third and final story is of an apocalyptic world populated by anthropomorphic cats. In this world the house is surrounded by water with sea levels constantly rising. Wishing to renovate the house but not able to do so as the tenants have stopped paying rent, the landlord seeks help from a craftsman to help rebuild the house. However, everyone else has other ideas as they fear the rapidly rising water. We see the struggle between the landlord and the others as they all act upon their opposing views on what should be done.

This UK stop-frame animation involves some weighty names in British media with Mark Heap and Helena Bonham-Carter voicing characters in two of the idiosyncratic films. Produced by both Netflix Animation and Nexus Studio’, this stop-motion is a mind bending experience with unique character design and a creative set of stories. Unlike the other two previously mentioned films, ‘The House’ is available to watch now on Netflix and was released on January 14th 2022.

So there we have it, some amazing stop-frame animation films coming our way this year and as you can imagine we are waiting in very high anticipation for them. If you can’t wait that long for some of these to come out, why not check out our other blogs on the best animation films on Disney+ or top 10 animated films on Amazon Prime.