Sunday, November 6, 2011

Making of Fantastic Mr. Fox

Usually I'm not one for animated movies, but one of my all time favorites is Fantastic Mr. Fox. Fantastic Mr. Fox is a class stop-animation film based on Roald Dahl children's novel. Andy Gent was the films chief animator who worked alongside 140 other crew members. The crew worked all day everyday for a year, paying attention to every single little detail. It took seven months alone to make the first model of the fox, and then 535 more puppets with outfits to go along had to be made as well.

Although it is not a new technique, stop animation has an incredibly unique visual quality to it that makes film makers want to go back to it time and time again. Movement is built up through accretion, frame by frame, so the creation of just one shot can take days. Below is a short behind the scenes video of the making of Fantastic Mr. Fox.

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