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Unit 33 Stop Motion
Contemporary Animators
Tim Burton
Tim Burtons first stop motion animation was called "Stalk of the Celery Monster, which he created in
1979. The film attracted the attention of Walt Disney Productions' animation department, which offered
Burton an animator's apprenticeship at the studio. He worked as an animator, storyboard artist and concept
artist on films such as The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron and Tron. However, Burton's personal
style clashed with Disney's standards. The Nightmare Before Christmas was made in 1993, and is another
stop motion. The musical fantasy film was directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by Tim
Burton. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, from "Halloween Town,who opens a portal to "Christmas
Town" and decides to celebrate the holiday.
James and the Giant Peach is a 1996 British-American musical fantasy film directed by Henry Selick,
based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was produced by Tim Burton and Denise Di
Novi. The film is a combination of live action and stop-motion animation. The film begins with normal
live-action for the first 20 minutes, but becomes stop-motion animation after James enters the peach, and
then live-action when James enters New York City, New York (although the mutated insect characters
remained in stop-motion). Selick had originally planned for James to be a real actor through the entire film,
then later considered doing the whole film in stop-motion, but ultimately settled on doing entirely live-
action and entirely stop-motion sequences because of costs. Corpse Bride was directed by Mike Johnson
and Tim Burton in 2005. The plot is set in a fictional Victorian era village in Europe. Johnny Depp led an
all-star cast as the voice of Victor, while Helena Bonham Carter voiced Emily, the title character. Corpse
Bride is the third stop-motion feature film produced by Burton and the first directed by him (the previous
two films, The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, were directed by Henry
Selick).
Aardman Animations
Aardman Animations, Ltd., also known as Aardman Studios, or simply as Aardman, is a British animation
studio based in Bristol, United Kingdom. The studio is known for films made using stop-motion clay
animation techniques, particularly those featuring plasticine characters Wallace and Gromit. It entered the
computer animation market with Flushed Away (2006). In December 1997, Aardman and DreamWorks
(later DreamWorks Animation) announced that their companies were teaming up to co-finance and
distribute Chicken Run, Aardman's first feature film, which had already been in pre-production for a year.
On 27 October 1999, Aardman and DreamWorks signed a $250 million deal to make an additional four
films in an estimated next 12 years. On 23 June 2000, Chicken Run was released to a great critical and
financial success. In 2005, after ten years of absence, Wallace and Gromit returned in Academy Award-
winning Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Next year followed Flushed Away, Aardman's
first computer-animated feature.
Later that year a serious fire at a storage facility used by Aardman and other Bristol based companies
destroyed over 30 years of awards collected by the company. On the 10th October 2005, Aardman
Animations went up in flames. Inside were models from as far back as Morph and all the way through to
Chicken Run, including Wallace and Gromit and Creature Comforts. The building also contained many
original sets and storyboards

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