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1980s Stop-motion Animated Movies

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A Grand Day Out(1990)

3.8/5 (with 287 votes)

Wallace and Gromit have run out of cheese and this provides an excellent excuse for the animated duo to take their holiday on the moon, where, as everyone knows, there is ample cheese. The moon is inhabited by a mechanical caretaker, who is not too happy about the two visitors from earth that nibble on the moon.

Directed by Nick Park

Young Sherlock Holmes(1985)

PG-13
| 1h 49min | Action, Adventure, Kids & Family
3.4/5 (with 213 votes)

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson meet as boys in an English Boarding school. Holmes is known for his deductive ability even as a youth, amazing his classmates with his abilities. When they discover a plot to murder a series of British business men by an Egyptian cult, they move to stop it.

Alice(1988)

3.8/5 (with 111 votes)

A quiet young English girl named Alice finds herself in an alternate version of her own reality after chasing a white rabbit. She becomes surrounded by living inanimate objects and stuffed dead animals, and must find a way out of this nightmare- no matter how twisted or odd that way must be. A memorably bizarre screen version of Lewis Carroll’s novel ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.

Directed by Jan Švankmajer - With Camilla Power

Vincent(1982)

G
| 6min | Animation, Fantasy
4.0/5 (with 315 votes)

Young Vincent Malloy dreams of being just like Vincent Price and loses himself in macabre daydreams that annoy his mother.

Directed by Tim Burton - With Vincent Price

Creature Comforts(2003-2006)

10min per episode | Animation, Comedy
3.9/5 (with 12 votes)

Stop-motion animated series with a cast of animals, sound-biting on a specific topic each episode, such as creatures' sporting adventures, Christmas, and visits to veterinarians. The show satirizes modern man on the street and documentary interviews, responding to unseen questioners. The voices of the characters, such as recurring dog and cat duo Trixie and Captain Cuddlepuss, are supplied by everyday people speaking varied regional accents, credited as The Great British Public. The creatures are portrayed in their own habitats. Creature Comforts was originally a short film, then a series of highly popular commercials, later a U.S. series.

Directed by Nick Park

The Adventures of Mark Twain(1985)

3.5/5 (with 31 votes)

Based on elements from the stories of Mark Twain, this feature-length Claymation fantasy follows the adventures of Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn as they stowaway aboard the interplanetary balloon of Mark Twain. Twain, disgusted with the human race, is intent upon finding Halley's Comet and crashing into it, achieving his "destiny." It's up to Tom, Becky, and Huck to convince him that his judgment is wrong and that he still has much to offer humanity that might make a difference. Their efforts aren't just charitable; if they fail, they will share Twain's fate. Along the way, they use a magical time portal to get a detailed overview of the Twain philosophy, observing the "historical" events that inspired his works.

Directed by Will Vinton

A Plasticine Crow(1981)

9min | Animation
3.7/5 (with 19 votes)

Short animation of a Russian folk tale, made in 1981. A parody of the fable by Ivan Krylov "The Crow and the Fox".

Directed by Alexander Tatarsky

The Pied Piper(1986)

3.7/5 (with 16 votes)

A darkly brilliant stop-motion adaptation of The Pied Piper of Hamelin about a plague of rats that punish townsfolk corrupt with greed. One of Czechoslovakia's most ambitious animation projects of the 1980s, notable for its unusual dark art direction, innovative animation techniques and use of a fictitious language.

Last Year's Snow Was Falling(1983)

3.8/5 (with 23 votes)

Funny adventures of the clumsy fellow whom his wife dispatched to the forest to bring home a New Year tree...

Directed by Alexander Tatarsky

The Wind in the Willows(1983)

3.6/5 (with 13 votes)

One spring, Mole decides that he can ignore the spring cleaning for a little longer, and begins a series of adventures with his new friend Rat. They go for a picnic on the riverbank, on a caravan expedition with Toad, until Toad switches allegiance to his new car and his reckless driving makes Mole and Rat search out Badger for help in curbing Toad's profligate habits. But Toad gets away from them and gets a 20-year sentence from the magistrate for theft, reckless driving, and Gross Impertinence. While Toad works his wiles on the jailer's daughter and escapes jail dressed as a washer woman, Badger tries to guard Toad Hall from the machinations of the Weasels and is badly beaten. And it requires a plan of attack and all four comrades to regain Toad Hall.

The Wizard of Speed and Time(1989)

R
| 1h 35min | Comedy, Music, Science Fiction
3.3/5 (with 10 votes)

A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownst to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. Luckily, our film creator gets the help of his friends.

Twice Upon a Time(1983)

PG
| 1h 15min | Animation, Fantasy, Comedy
3.2/5 (with 10 votes)

Two wannabe heroes and their friends must stop a madman from giving everyone nightmares.

Directed by John Korty - With Lorenzo Music
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Marquis(1989)

R
| 1h 23min | Animation, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 16 votes)

In pre-French Revolution Bastille, the Marquis is held being unjustly accused of working to overthrow the king. While his talking penis, Colin, longs for action, Marquis himself only desires to write his deviant stories in peace.

Directed by Henri Xhonneux - With Michel Robin, Bernard Cogniaux, François Marthouret, Jacques Bouanich, Nathalie Juvet, Philippe Dumond, ...

The Cat Who Walked by Herself(1988)

1h 10min | Drama, Animation
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Two parents put their child in his crib for the night and leave the room. The child starts crying, and the Cat comes into the room to keep him company. The child grabs her tail, and the Cat angrily reminds him that they agreed a thousand years ago that he would not do that. Upon seeing that the child doesn't remember, the Cat sighs and decides to tell him the story from the beginning. The story starts when the planet was young and life on Earth is starting with dinosaurs.

Directed by Ideya Garanina

The Pit, the Pendulum and Hope(1983)

3.6/5 (with 12 votes)

A short film based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" and Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam's "A Torture by Hope".

Directed by Jan Švankmajer

Frostbiter: Wrath of the Wendigo(1995)

1h 31min | Horror
1.9/5 (with 3 votes)

A duo of gun happy redneck hunters stupidly break a sacred circle in a hunting spree, which releases the deadly wendigo. The wendigo kills many of the hunters gruesomely, leaving the chosen woman and a gun toting idiot to destroy the deadly beast.

Prehistoric Beast(1985)

9min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

In a dense forest, a monoceratops-type plant-eating dinosaur is stalked by a carnivorous Tyrannosaurus rex.

Directed by Phil Tippett

Chronopolis(1982)

2.7/5 (with 5 votes)

Chronopolis tells the story of a gargantuan city lurking in the sky colonized by powerful immortals who have become jaded with eternal life. Most of their time is spent monotonously constructing bizarre and unusual objects while waiting for the ultimate gift to arrive in their hands.

Directed by Piotr Kamler

Frank Zappa presents: The Amazing Mr. Bickford(1987)

52min | Animation, Music
2.9/5 (with 6 votes)

Several pieces of Frank Zappa's music are set against clay animation by Bruce Bickford.

The Wizard of Speed and Time(1979)

3.0/5 (with 7 votes)

In the original short film, a young man in a green wizard costume runs throughout America at super speed, much like the superhero The Flash. Along the way, he gives a pretty girl a swift lift to another city, gives golden stars to other women who want a trip themselves. He then slips on a banana peel and comically crashes into a film stage, which he then brings to life in magical ways.

Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, a Sailor from York(1981)

1h 8min | Adventure, Animation
3.5/5 (with 3 votes)

The picture, unlike the other film adaptations of the story, focuses much more on Crusoe’s life before and after his stay on the island. Following the principle of setting the novel right, it describes Crusoe’s experiences with delicate irony and understanding.

Prisoners of Yamagiri Maru(1988)

2.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Student biologists of the future, Alice and Paul visit the island of Yap looking for treasure in this beautiful stop-motion animated adventure.

The Overcoat(2021)

1h 5min | Animation

A story of chilling beautiful wintry St. Petersburg and the child-like main protagonist, whose little joys give him solace in this cold, cruel world.

Directed by Yuri Norstein

The Puppetoon Movie(1987)

3.8/5 (with 4 votes)

Animated characters introduce a compilation of George Pal replacement animation Puppetoon short films from the 1930s and 1940s. Originally released in 80 minutes length, The Puppetoon Movie also exists in a subsequently expanded ten minutes longer version.

Directed by Arnold Leibovit

The Magic Portal(1989)

16min | Animation
3.8/5 (with 3 votes)

The Magic Portal is a short stop motion film that uses LEGO® bricks, plasticene, cardboard and live action, shot between 1985-1989 on good ol' fashioned 16mm film. The story concerns the strange fate of an astronaut called L, who discovers the Magic Portal aboard his giant spaceship. The Portal takes him to a strange and surreal world where he has a close encounter with a monster, barely escaping with his life. His report to Captain Paranoia only gets him to trouble and his shipmate P doesn't believe him. However, the Portal has a mind of its own, and reappears- revealing weirder worlds more peculiar than the last.

Frank Zappa: The Dub Room Special!(1982)

1h 32min | Music, Comedy
3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

Produced by Frank Zappa in 1982, The Dub Room Special combines footage from a performance at the KCET studios in Los Angeles on August 27, 1974, a concert performed at The Palladium, NYC on October 31, 1981, some clay animation by Bruce Bickford, and several interviews. Previously only available through mail-order, it was made widely available on DVD on October 17, 2005.

Directed by Frank Zappa - With Frank Zappa
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