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Backyard Barbecue animated short film by Webster Colcord

Webster Colcord’s Bizarre Backyard Barbecue

Is something burning? The barbecue gets crispy in this short film by stop-motion animator Webster Colcord.

Death Comes for Father John Misty in New Stop-Motion Video

Death Comes for Father John Misty in New Stop-Motion Video

Josh Tillman fights off the dead as they try to pull him into his grave in the new video for “Please Don’t Die.”

Death comes for Father John Misty’s down-and-out clay doppelganger in the stop-motion video for “Please Don’t Die.” A harmonica-playing reaper and dancing corpse couples add extra creepy and charm.

“Please Don’t Die” is from Father John Misty’s new album God’s Favorite Customer out June 1st on Sub Pop.

This video was created by Jacknife Films.

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Spider vs the Living Dead

Spider vs The Living Dead

Two terrifying, flesh-craving beasts. Who will win? Watch this stop-motion animated short to find out.

Claymation Comedy of Horrors Halloween special

Watch the 1991 Claymation Comedy of Horrors Halloween Special

Hilarity ensues in this animated Halloween special when Wilshire Pig and Sheldon Snail set out to find Doctor Frankenswine’s monster.

Before he was ousted from his studio and replaced by failed rapper Chilly Tee (read that whole story here) Will Vinton created a stop-motion renaissance and coined the term claymation.

Vinton created Claymation Comedy of Horrors for the CBS Halloween lineup in 1991. The story is about the misadventures of Wilshire Pig and Sheldon Snail as they follow a map on a quest to find Doctor Frankenswine’s monster.

Claymation Comedy of Horrors Part 1

Claymation Comedy of Horror Part 2

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The Periwig Maker animated short film

The Periwig Maker: Animated Short Film About Plague-Ridden London

A wig maker locks himself inside his shop and watches as the plague spreads death through the streets of London.

The Periwig Maker is an animated short film based on the 1722 novel A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Dafoe. It premiered in 1999 and went on to win numerous film festival awards the following year, eventually being nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Film in 2001.

The film is a bleak tale set in 1665 London, when the city was in the grips of the Great Plague and an estimated 100,000 people went to their graves. In the film, a wig maker (who uses cadaver hair for his wigs) isolates himself in his shop, documenting the grim scene as the city dies around him.

Author Dafoe was a young child when the plague struck the city. His family took him to the country, but his uncle Henry Foe remained in the city. A Journal of the Plague Year is considered a mostly factual historical account of that time, believed to be based at least partially on Foe’s personal experiences.

The Periwig Maker animated film

The Periwig Maker was directed by Steffen Schäffler and narrated by Kenneth Branagh.