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Since we were talking about claymation and stop motion last time I thought it would be prudent to mention Jan Svankmajer.

If you’re looking for first class stop motion, he is the man you should turn to. Excellent storytelling techniques, surrealism at its best and with a very caustic tone, his films are small masterpieces and beautifully singular. Enjoy!

I have only made a selection of the ones I like. There’s so much material out there, if you like his work there are other films you can discover yourself. I should point out that he is an artist that might seem too strange at first glance, throw you a bit off-balance. I know it happened to me when I first watched one of his films, but he truly is so good, I couldn’t stop watching them. After a rewatch (that’s why we should always, always rewatch the good and the strange) I caught up with him and never looked back.

Today's animation

Emma (2012)

How very Tim Burton-ish. Very nicely weird.

With the evolution of technology and the advancement of computer generated imagery, it’s hard to even fake that handcrafted feeling usually associated with art anymore. I myself struggle with that. Works of great artists hold on to that personal touch. This is a film with an interesting story, a lot of heart, and the obvious touch of a human being. And since a little quirkyness never hurt anyone I hope you’ll like it too.