Stop Motion films never get old, no matter how many times you watch them! There is something absolutely beautiful and heart-warming about these films that keep viewers watching till the end and well, who doesn’t need a good time away from the chaos of current times? If you’re wondering what to watch and have no idea about it, here are our picks for the 7 best stop motion films of all time that you can binge-watch and feel wholesome.
1. Mary and Max
Mary and Max is a beautiful story of an Australian girl and an elderly Jewish man in New York as they develop an unlikely and heartwarming friendship through epistolary. To date, Mary and Max continues to pull back viewers to the film due to its sweet and sour storyline. Written and directed by Adam Elliot, it is funny, sad, and sweet but above all its theme feels real and relevant.
Watch Mary and Max here.
Directed and written by Charles Kaufman, Anomalisa revolves around customer service expert and motivational speaker Michael Stone who travels to Cincinnati, Ohio, to promote his latest book at a convention. His mundane and lonely life takes a turn when he meets Lisa. He is instantly attracted to her due to her sweet voice but soon after, as he decides to propose to Lisa, things start taking a not-so-good turn. He is annoyed by Lisa’s eating habits and her voice now feels like that of a crowd to him.
Kaufman’s Anomalisa received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature as the first R-rated animated film to be nominated in this category. Anomalisa, as a psychological romantic comedy-drama fantasy film, does its job really well. The subject matter of the film feels close to home as it alienates the viewers with the characters bringing forth the complexity of human emotions and mind.
Watch Anomalisa here.
3. My Life As A Zucchini
My Life As A Zucchini revolves around Courgette as he forges a friendship with Police Officer Raymond, who accompanies little Courgette to the orphanage after his mother’s sudden demise and father’s abandonment. The stop-motion film shows Courgette’s journey in the orphanage and after and how everything moulds him into a better person. The film taps into the emotional depths of its adorable characters and is a visual delight.
Watch My Life As A Zucchini here.
4. Corpse Bride
Directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton with a screenplay by John August, Caroline Thompson and Pamela Pettler, Corpse Bride is set in a fictional English village during the Victorian era. The film is dark and emotionally bittersweet and undeniably imaginative in every aspect. This macabre film features some beautiful and captivating soundtracks and will keep you watching till the end.
Watch Corpse Bride Here.
5. James and The Giant Peach
A combination of live-action and stop-motion animation, James and The Giant Peach is based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. The film revolves around James Henry Trotter, a young orphan who lives with his dominating and sadistic aunts Spiker and Sponge. One fine day, James obtains magical crocodile tongues from a mysterious old man and things are changed for him forever thereafter!
James and The Giant Peach is a visual treat with its lighthearted storyline and simple characters!
Watch James and the Giant Peach here
Again from the genius Tim Burton, Frankenweenie is a heartwarming story of a boy and his beloved dog. After Victor Frankenstein loses his dog Sparky, he brings him back to life using Galvanism i.e., using electricity to revive animals as he sees in his science class on frogs. This entire episode leaves Victor’s friends in a frenzy as they inquire about how they can reanimate their own pets too. This leads to a series of incidents in the film that takes everything downhill only to have a heartwarming and heroic end.
Frankenweenie is loved by viewers and is a timeless stop motion from Burton. It is energetic, heartwarming and it might as well leave you sobbing by the end.
Watch Frankenweenie here.
7. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Another Tim Burton classic stop motion to make it to the list is The Nightmare Before Christmas. Originated from a poem that Burton himself wrote in 1982 while he was working as an animator at Walt Disney Productions, undeniably the film is a visual delight set in Halloween town filled with monsters and supernatural beings. The film is a warm lesson about what Christmas is really about. The Nightmare Before Christmas is among those few holiday movies that succeed to make a lasting impression and transcends through generation.
Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas here
While there are various other beautiful stop motion films to binge-watch. These are our picks for you to start your heartwarming stop motion film journey! There is something for everyone in the world of stop motion animation, the films feel close to reality and portray human emotions with truth and innocence. Tell us in the comments if we missed any of your favourite stop motion films.