The Best Stop Motion Movies

With the semester coming to a close, we wanted to dedicate our last article to one of the best styles of storytelling: Stop Motion.

Isle of Dogs is Wes Anderson’s second stop motion film, and it is an amazing film. It follows a boy named Atari who runs away to save his guard dog from Trash Island.

In Isle of Dogs, all dogs are sent away to Trash Island after a canine flu breakout. The film has themes of political corruption and rebellion, and does an excellent job portraying them. Like some of Wes Anderson’s other work, Isle of Dogs isn’t exactly directed towards kids.

Cavalier Chronicles gives Isle of Dogs a 10/10.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is Wes Anderson’s first stop motion film, and was a great debut for him in the stop motion genre. It’s about a settled down Mr. Fox who gets back into robbing farms, and it comes back to bite him in the butt.

Cavalier Chronicles gives Fantastic Mr.Fox a 9/10.

Chicken Run is our first claymation on the list, DreamWorks’ second stop motion film, and is one of the best stop motion films for children.

Chicken Run is about chickens from a farm who keep trying and failing to escape but find a new hope for escape when a rooster crash lands into their farm. He tries to teach them how to fly before the owner of the farm starts using the chickens for pies.

Cavalier Chronicles gives Chicken Run a 10/10.

Wallace and Gromit: Curse Of The Were-Rabbit is DreamWorks’ most recent stop motion film, and is another claymation on this list. Based on the beloved Wallace and Gromit characters, Wallace and Gromit: Curse Of The Were-Rabbit follows Wallace and Gromit as rabbit hunters, and Wallace turns into a Were-Rabbit.

The concept, while very silly, is turned into a great and lovable film.

Cavalier Chronicles gives Wallace and Gromit: Curse Of The Were-Rabbit a 10/10.

Coraline is one of the biggest staples in stop motion, as it shows just how how big in scale stop motion can be. Coraline is about a girl who moves into a new home, and finds a wormhole into a parallel universe that has some dark secrets.

Coraline  is very dark, and you might not want your kids to watch it until they’re older.

Cavalier Chronicles gives Coraline a 10/10.

Tim Burton is one of the biggest directors out there that works on stop motion. To wrap up our list, we want to look at some of his biggest stop motion movies real quick.

James and the Giant Peach is based on the book of the same name, varies quite a lot from the book. The movie is about a boy named James that sets sail to New York in a giant peach he finds, and gets away from his terrible aunts.

Cavalier Chronicles gives James and the Giant Peach a 8/10.

Corpse Bride is about a man named Victor who is about to marry a girl named Victoria, but gets dragged to the land of the dead to marry a dead girl named Emily. Victor is trying to escape the land of the dead quickly, as Victoria is about to marry someone else.

Cavalier Chronicles gives Corpse Bride a 9/10.

And finally, A Nightmare Before Christmas, follows the pumpkin king Jack Skellington, who becomes bored of the same old Halloween that they celebrate every day, and finds a new celebration called Christmas, which fills him with warmth.

Cavalier Chronicles gives A Nightmare Before Christmas a 10/10.

Here are some of our honorable mentions:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (10/10); The Little Drummer Boy (10/10); Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (10/10); Here Comes Peter Cottontail (10/10); The Year Without Santa Claus (10/10); Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (10/10); Nestor The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (10/10); Jack Frost (9/10); The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (8/10).