For Art Clokey's birthday, five great stop-motion shorts

In honor of Gumby creator Art Clokey, here are five of our favorite stop-motion short films.

By , CSMonitor.com

2. Neighbours (1952)

Not all stop-motion requires that the actors be inanimate objects. The 1952 Canadian antiwar short, "Neighbours," uses a technique known as pixelation, in which live actors pose for each frame, and then change their pose slightly before the next frame, turning the actor into a kind of living puppet.

In this film, two neighbors live peacefully side by side, until a flower blooms between them. The two men fight to the death over the flower.

"Neighbours" won both a Canadian Film Award and an Academy Award,

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