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10 Stop-motion Animation Facts

Dan Richards Jun 29, 2020 Scroll to read in 2 minutes

If you can’t already tell, everyone at our production company loves stop-motion animation! So we thought, why not dig out some amazing facts all about stop-frame animation?!

Here are 10 amazing facts that you might not have known:

1. The Longest Stop-motion Film

The longest stop-motion film is LAIKA’s Kubo and the Two Strings, with a running time of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It was nearly beaten by Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs which fell short by only 1 minute!

2. The Smallest Stop-motion Film

The smallest stop-motion animation ever released was in 2011 and involved moving individual atoms to create the animation! Each frame was around 45 by 25 nanometres in size!

Smallest Ever Stop motion

3. The Smallest 3D Stop-motion Animated Character

The smallest 3D stop-motion animated character was only 0.3mm tall. Each model was 3D printed on a micro-scale and photographed using an electron microscope.

4. Nick Park's Pet Chickens

The two main characters of Aardman Animation’s Chicken Run, Ginger and Rocky, were named after co-director Nick Park’s childhood pet chickens!

5. Sets and Stages

A mammoth 130 sets were built for the film Coraline, spanning over 52 different animation stages. This covered an area of around 183,000 square feet!

Coraline BTS

6. The First Stop-motion

The very first stop-motion animation ever captured was The Humpty Dumpty Circus and was produced way back in 1898!

7. Kong's Fur

The King Kong armature in the 1933 film of the same name comprised of a metal mesh skeleton, a mix of rubber and foam for muscles, and real rabbit fur for his hair.

8. Tons of Plasticine!

UK based studio Aardman Animation’s feature film Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit used 2.8 tons of plasticine to create the characters, and 1,000 baby-wipes a week to clean off the animators’ hands!

Curse of The Were Rabbit BTS

9. First Stop-motion Puppet Animation

The first stop-motion puppet animation was produced in 1906 by a Russian ballet choreographer named Aleksandr Shiryaev. The film consisted of paper mâché figures moved around 7,500 times to convey a dance sequence. It wasn’t created as a new art form, rather as a way for the choreographer to record his dances to film.

Humpty Dumpty Circus

10. The Most Puppets

The largest number of puppets used on a stop-motion is over 1,500. These were wooden puppets used on the film The New Gulliver which used a combination of stop-motion puppets and actual actors shot at the same time. It is also the first feature-length film to combine stop-motion with live-action footage.

And there you have it! Ten stop-frame facts that we’re sure impressed you as much as it did us here at the studio. If you would like to read up on some more specific animation facts, we have a blog all about stop-motion armatures that will be just the thing to whet your animation appetite!