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#5: Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, is bored with his life. After stumbling into Christmas Town, Jack becomes obsessed with the holiday and attempts to take it over.
Released in 1993, The Nightmare Before Christmas was not just revolutionary for stop motion as a medium, it received glowing reviews and is still well-loved today. It was originally released under the Touchstone label because Disney feared a negative reception, given it was too dark of a project. It has since, however, become a Disney animation staple, with characters even appearing in the Disney Parks over the Halloween season.
#4: Corpse Bride
Victor, a young Victorian man, accidentally marries the living corpse of a murdered bride.
Corpse Bride is created with a unique style of puppetry stop motion. The main characters have complicated clockwork mechanics that allow the facial expressions to be adjusted within the model. Apparently a painstaking process, the affect is yet a stunning visual experience.
Norman is a young a boy who can see ghosts. When the town he lives in is attacked by zombies, he and his friends must work together to save the day.
ParaNorman is a stop-motion movie from LAIKA, a small studio willing to take risks. ParaNorman is a great example of risk-taking in everything from the visual choices, to the fact that it features the first out character in an American animated theatrical release. Ever. ParaNorman is a wonderful send off to B horror movies, while still being delightfully appropriate for children.
#2: Curse of the Ware Rabbit
A feature length Wallace and Gromit film, Curse of the Ware Rabbit tells the story of two friends who must work together to solve the mystery of who or what is attacking the garden, and they must do it before the annual village vegetable growing contest.
Claymation stop motion, this film has a wonderful tactile quality, with visible fingerprints indented from the sculpting process. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Curse of the Ware Rabbit is full of visual punchlines and quick wit.
Coraline is a young lonely girl, whose family has recently moved. Coraline has strange dreams about her "other mother" that turn out to be darkly real.
Also produced by LAIKA, Coraline is based on a novel by Neil Gaiman that bares the same name. As with all the stop motion movies produced by LAIKA, they used 3D printer technology to create the intricate models for the animation. Because it was the first movie this studio had produced, instead of being printed in color (as was the case for their other films), each printed piece had to be carefully hand-painted.
A wonderfully written spooky story, paired with some of the most beautiful animation of any stop motion film, makes this my first choice for Halloween.