A Standing Ovation for Great Animation: 13 Arresting Works of Art in Motion

Makin’ Moves by Kouhei Nakama

Human figures do all sorts of really unexpected things in ‘MAKIN’ MOVES’ by Tokyo-based art director Kouhei Nakama, for a finished piece that’s delightful to watch.

Elements by Maxim Zhestkov

Over two billion tiny black and white spheres come alive, seemingly reacting to invisible forces around them, in the short film ‘Elements’ by Maxim Zhestkov. “The film is a trial to expose the idea that everything around us and inside us is made from simple elements or blocks which can be arranged in complex relationships and become compound structures,” he says. “We could project this idea into emotions, behaviors, thought processes, relationships, life, planets and the universe.”

Wavegrower by Frédéric Vayssouze-Faure

Animated GIFs can be an art form in and of themselves, an argument bolstered by a series called ‘Wavegrower’ published on tumblr by artist Frédéric Vayssouze-Faure. “This blog is a branch of the wavegrower project in which I’m focused on combining minimalism and multitude to create dynamic artowrks with more than one level of reading, the first being that every cell constituting them has its own simple periodic motion, meaning regularly looping by spinning or twisting or stretching or balancing or revolving or swinging or shaking or beating or vibrating, in a word: oscillating.”

Stop-Motion Behind the Scenes of Kubo and the Two Strings

The new stop motion film ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is a beautiful work in its own right, but the behind-the-scenes videos are almost more fascinating. In fact, the time-lapse footage of the creation process looks like its own stop-animation film.

OSSA by Dario Imbrogno

A puppet is forced into a dance performance against her will in this beautiful, if somewhat disturbing, stop-motion piece by Dario Imbrogno. The supports for moving the puppet are often visible, including the director’s hands, adding to the effect.