The Backbrain’s Weekend Fright Flick presentations have been veering into double features lately, largely because some great short films have been turning up and I’m too impatient to save them for later.
This weekend is no exception. Expect a follow-up.
Firstly though we have a brilliant piece of CGI animation combined with stopmotion to produce a film that celebrates that greatest of stop-motion characters, King Kong, and gives him an opponent created via the technology that replaced the one that bought the greatest of giant apes to life in the first place.
StopMo (US-2008; short [5:42 min]; dir. Adel Ben Abdullah, Brice Boisset, Anouk Eyraud, Romain Hua and Vincent Secher)
Made by five students at Supinfocom Arles in 2008, StopMo follows the adventures of a future archaeologist who “gives life back to an FX cinema studio” that has been buried under ice — in the aftermath of global warming, no doubt. This awakening results in a battle between a stopmotion animated King Kong (1933) and a computer-animated T-Rex from Jurassic Park (1993). Who will win this time ’round?
- Source: via Todd Tennant