Topic: Academy Awards
October 12 marks the birthday of stop-motion animation pioneer Art Clokey. The creator of the iconic jade green clay humanoid, Gumby, and his faithful equine companion, Pokey, Clokey was among the very first animators to combine clay figures with stop motion, which he first did with a short film in 1953. Many animators followed in Gumby's rectangular footsteps, including "California Raisins" creator Will Vinton and "Wallace & Gromit" creator Nick Park. The 1990s saw the rise of computer generated animation, but a handful of film directors still like the unique textures and often eerie movement that stop motion offers, qualities that are on display in films such as "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Chicken Run," "James and the Giant Peach," "Coraline," and "The Fantastic Mr. Fox." But almost all great animators got their start with short films. Here are five of our favorite stop-motion shorts.
10/12/2011 08:54 pm
Diane Cilento, an Oscar-nominated Australian actress who was once married to James Bond actor Sean Connery, has died in northern Australia, an official said Friday.
10/07/2011 04:45 pm
The documentary 'To be heard' profiles three teens from the Bronx who attend a radical poetry workshop to help them shape their own futures.
10/07/2011 01:26 pm
'The Corrections,' Jonathan Franzen's 2001 story of a troubled family, will air on HBO with Franzen working with director Noah Baumbach and producer Scott Rudin on the project.
10/05/2011 04:43 pm
Heidi the Opossum: Within minutes of the announcement of her death, Heidi was trending on Twitter and thousands of fans were leaving an outpouring of condolences on her Facebook page.
09/29/2011 10:52 am
Sean Penn, according to a source, played a key role behind the scenes to help obtain the release of two US hikers from an Iranian prison. Sean Penn has been involved in other social issues in the past.
09/27/2011 10:34 am
The 1982 children's novel will be adapted by "E.T." screenwriter Melissa Mathison.
09/26/2011 04:34 pm
A four minute-long trailer for David Fincher’s ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ has premiered online, teasing the film’s sinister mystery plot and impeccable visual style.
09/23/2011 04:27 pm
Watching movies? Listening to music? Facebook wants you to do it all through Facebook. And in a Facebook news conference, it unveiled its plan for achieving this online hegemony Thursday.
09/22/2011 08:36 pm
George Clooney film captures attention, along with a new Neil Young documentary.
09/16/2011 04:40 pm