Man, I wish only that I could have the patience that these animators must possess.
First, I’m sorry, but I have to get this out of the way: I think the story could have been better, and I was a little disappointed by some of the songs, as well. I mean, with the exception of Bone Jangle’s song, they really were nothing compared to Nightmare.
Alright, but aside from that, holy crap. The character designs are AWESOME and the animation is AMAZING. It’s definately technically the best stop motion I’ve ever seen (maybe with the exception of go-motion, but for different reasons). The control that they had over their puppets allowed for an amazing amount of detail and sublety, which must have been pain-staking to create. The eye darts, the long settles, the jitterless arcs, the cloth, the weight…..damn. That’s all super hard stuff to pull off with stop motion. Not to mention that the acting was great. It’s so much to think about, one frame at a time for days on a shot. No layering animation, no going back and tweaking…..that’s awesome.
I really would like to do some more stop motion animation, it’s a very different aproach from the traditional and computer mediums, and I just love the idea of physically interacting with the puppets and the scene. And it must teach you so much patience, and you’d have to get really good at planning.
But yeah, go see this movie. Congrats to this film’s small crew, you did historic work.