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Stop Motion Marvels


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  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC, Collector's Edition, Animated
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Thunderbean Animation
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NHOJGS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,155 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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STOP MOTION MARVELS is a collection of 44 rare short films, many never before available on DVD. There are 4 sections to the dvd: Early Experiments, All Sorts of Shorts, Commericals, and 'The Kinex Collection', featuring 19 rare Stop Motion shorts produced for Kodak from 1928 through 1930, featuring Chip the Wooden man, Snap the Gingerbread Man, and Daffy Doings in Doodlebugville- plus 3 sound shorts by Kinex animator John Burton.

The collection also includes a great 12 page booklet by Historian/ Artist Stewart McKissick (who also did the great cover art for this collection).

Commentaries by: Jim Danforth, Ken Preibe, Bob Baker (who worked on the Puppetoons!), Larry Larson, Steve Stanchfield, Mark Cabellero and Seamus Walsh (Screen Novelties).

Early Experiments:

Princess Nicotine (J Stuart Blackton, 1909)
The Automatic Moving Company (Romeo Bossetti, 1912)
Prehistoric Poultry (Willis O' Brian, 1917).
Miracles in Mud- Swat the Fly (1915)
George Washington modeled in Clay(Virginia May , c. 1927)
All Sorts of Shorts:

Ferda Mravenec (Ferda the Ant) (Hermína Týrlová, 1944)
Toyland Ice Capades (Howard H. Moss, 1917)
Dolly Daisy in Hearts and Flowers (Howard H. Moss, 1930)
Peanut Vendor (untitled) (Len Lye,1933)
The Sky Princess (George Pal, 1942)
Rock a Bye Baby (Ukolebavka / Lullaby, Hermína Týrlová, 1948)
Theatrical and Television Ads

Lucky Strikes (Jam Handy Productions, 1949)
Butter commercial (c. 1956)
Camel workprint (C. late 40's)
Brylcreem Commercial (1953)
Chocks Commercial (1965)
Glo Coat commercials (1966)
King Kong 411 Volkswagon Commercial (1972) Classic Commercial animated by David Allen.

The KINEX studios collection: Snap, The Gingerbread Man, Chip, The Wooden Man, and Daffy Doings in Doodlebugville. Red Riding Hood (1925)

Pepper the Pup (1931)

Horse Laffs (1934)

Hector the Pup

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rkass on January 12, 2011
This high-quality Thunderbean release is interesting historically, and also a lot of fun. There are extensive notes in the 12 page booklet included, and most importantly these films are a treat to watch. In addition to the highlighted Kinex films are some stop-motion commercials, as well as a Georg Pal Puppetoon (The Sky Princess) with an optional commentary by Bob Baker, an animator who worked on that film. Especially if you are interested in the history of animation, you shouldn't hesitate to get this wonderful collection!

I continue to be amazed by the care and quality that goes into all the Thundrbean productions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Oxford on June 8, 2012
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With the exception of perhaps a few of these (mostly the early experiments), you won't find any of this animation anywhere. It's a great collection for any film history buff, particularly those who are keen on animation. The Kinex collection itself is worth it, but I think all of the material is great, even the commercials. There's a lot of fun and creativity in these early shorts and after nearly a century , they still make people smile and feel warm inside.

I really hope they are able to make a second volume in the future. I love obscure animation, particularly from other countries. Considering how old and fragile this era of film stock is, the few shorts that are still out there must be preserved while they still can be. Do it for the children! (And the geeks!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wolfster on February 1, 2013
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STOP-MOTION MARVELS is a treasure-filled delight of rare, seldom-seen handcrafted shorts. As an animator, I appreciate watching the creative solutions pioneers devised to overcome production problems - for instance, replacement/series faces years before George Pal made the technique "his" with his marvelous Puppetoons. It is a treat to see these lost films from many sources and I give the producers a Big Tip of the Hat for their stellar efforts to make these wonderful shorts accessible. I was especially pleased they persuaded Jim Danforth, one of the greatest practitioners of the art, to contribute insightful commentary. Order your copy now!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fredrick W. Armstrong on June 4, 2012
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I agree with the previous two reviews. Thunderbean has done another wonderful job compiling a terrific collection of rare and unavailable
animated films. If you are into the history of animation, or just love animation you shouldn't pass up this amazing assortment of stop-motion gems.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M Winston on August 1, 2011
If you are even thinking of buying this DVD, just do it, it's amazing. You will not be sorry. Stuff you will not see anywhere else... What are you waiting for? Christmas?
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