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Animated Worlds: Stop Motion Classics

  • October 15, 2017 – May 20, 2018

Stop motion animation has a history as long as cinema itself and a tremendous body of accomplished work by animators from throughout the world. While the bar has been set high, it hasn’t stopped Portland’s LAIKA—with four remarkable features completed—from raising that bar with each release. In conjunction with Animating Life: the Art, Science and Wonder of LAIKA, on view at the Portland Art Museum October 14–May 20, 2018, the Film Center will show their work and some of the classics of the genre on Sundays throughout the run. Along with the screenings, look for a range of family and adult production activities that will enhance appreciation of the magic of animation. The screenings are free with admission to the Museum.

Alice

Directed by Jan Svankmajer

Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” books have inspired generations of other writers and artists, but Švankmajer’s mix of live action and stop-motion

Animated Worlds: Stop-Motion Shorts

Directed by Various

LAIKA’s Mark Shapiro travels the world of animation film festivals, sharing the studio’s work and viewing work by artists from

Chicken Run

Directed by Nick Park, Peter Lord

The feature debut from the Academy Award-winning team behind the much-loved Wallace and Gromit shorts is a charming adventure set

Coraline

Directed by Henry Selick

Based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling novel, Coraline’s heroine is an adventurous girl (Dakota Fanning) who discovers a doorway to

Corpse Bride

Directed by Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

In Tim Burton’s Victorian-era fantasy, Victor Van Dort (Johnny Depp), the son of wealthy merchants, and Victoria Everglot (Emily Watson),

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Directed by Wes Anderson

Anderson’s first animated film, adapted from a story by legendary children’s author Roald Dahl, is a stop-motion thrill ride through

Indie Visions in Stop-Motion

Directed by Various

Portland visual artist and animator Rose Bond, a faculty member at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, has selected this

James and the Giant Peach

Directed by Henry Selick

Based on Roald Dahl's delightfully dark children's story, Selick’s (Coraline) imaginative film tells the tale of an unhappy orphaned boy

Jason and the Argonauts

Directed by Don Chaffey

Greek hero Jason (Todd Armstrong) and the crew of the Argo set out to recover the legendary Golden Fleece in

Still from King Kong, 1933

King Kong

Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper

At the time of its release, King Kong was the greatest spectacle the filmgoing public had ever seen. A classic

Kubo and the Two Strings

Directed by Travis Knight

In LAIKA’s most recent film, a spectacular, epic adventure, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the

Mary and Max

Directed by Adam Elliot

In this touching, clay-animated tale of profound intergenerational connection, Elliot spins the story of Mary, a lonely Australian girl from

My Life as a Zucchini

Directed by Claude Barras

Barras’s funny and brightly colored stop-motion film tells the story of nine-year-old Icare, known to his friends as Courgette (Zucchini).

Paranorman

Directed by Chris Butler, Sam Fell

Eleven-year-old Norman can see and speak with the dead, including his beloved grandmother. Most days, he prefers their company to

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

Directed by Nathan Juran

While today’s digitally rendered animated films astound in looking virtually real, Ray Harryhausen’s timeless, hand-crafted wonderwork —his first film in

The Adventures of Mark Twain

Directed by Will Vinton

Portlander Will Vinton’s film was the world's first Claymation feature and the first animated feature made in the Northwest. It

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Directed by Lotte Reiniger

The oldest existing animated feature, Prince Achmed was made by 23-year-old teacher Lotte Reiniger using the stop-motion and silhouette animation

The Boxtrolls

Directed by Graham Annable

Based on the British children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, The Boxtrolls is a meticulously crafted, fast-paced adventure,

The Fabulous World of Jules Verne

Directed by Karel Zeman

Originally released in the United States in 1961, Zeman’s classic film is based on Jules Verne’s nineteenth-century tale of a

The Flying Sneaker

Directed by Bretislav Pojar

Alec is a lonely little boy who dreams a lot. One day, his father, a doctor who works on ships

The Short Adventures of Wallace and Gromit

Directed by Nick Park

Established in 1972, Aardman Animation vaulted to international affection with the release of A Grand Day Out (1989), the first

The Short Films of the Brothers Quay, 1984-2000

Directed by Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

Two of the world’s most original filmmakers, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have been making their unique blend of

The Tale of the Fox

Directed by Ladislas Starevich, Irene Starevich

Russian film pioneer and innovator of stop-motion puppet animation Ladislas Starewitch (1882–1965) was a cinematic magician whose creativity and skills

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Directed by Steve Box, Nick Park

Eccentric inventor Wallace and his cunning dog Gromit have launched a humane pest control business. When called upon by the