The perils of toy stores

I’ve posted this stop-motion animation short before, but it’s worth showing again. It’s one of my favourites.

Alma from Rodrigo Blaas on Vimeo.

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A magician, sinister gentlemen and a rabbit

Award winning stop-motion animation director Jamie Caliri has directed a video for a group called The Shins. I’d never heard of them before, but they sound pretty good. The video, though! Excellent, disturbing and beautiful. Check it out here. (I tried to embed the video, but it doesn’t seem to work. You’ll have to follow the link).

You might recognise the style of Jamie Caliri, he’s the artist behind the stop motion animation in the Lemony Snicket movie. Check out his other works here. I’m particularily fond of the “The sun and the seed”:

The Sun and the Seed from Jamie Caliri on Vimeo.

Coraline

I might have mentioned it before, but Coraline really is a brilliant film. I love stop-motion animation in general, but this movie really is special. It has such wonderful and inspiring characters and scenography. I want to live in that house! With a jumping mice circus upstairs! And I also want those groovy stripey gloves and that cosy blue jumper with stars on. The best part is that one can actually knit those things! No, I don’t mean the miniture ones, I mean real sized garments. There’s a girl in California who has actually made a pattern of the striped gloves! How cool is that?! Here’s a link.


Official movie trailer

The official Coraline website provids fans with an actaul knitting pattern for that adorable starry jumper, talk about knowing one’s fan base! I must knit this. Eventually.

coraline sweater
Coraline and the starry jumper. Photo credits: Focus Features

There are a lot of knitting patterns and projects inspired by this movie on ravelry, for instance the Coraline cardigan by Ysolda (perhaps the most well-known), but also a pair of lovely mittens with the cat, the key and one of the jumping mice. There’s also a crocheted doll that looks like one of the ghost children.

I simply love these kinds of projects! Inspiration can be found anywhere. Well, I’m off searching my yarn stash for some suitable yarn for those stripey gloves…

Oh, I just want to mention that the intro to the movie may be my favourite part, where the beldam creates the Coraline doll. Unfortunately I can’t find it on Youtube.