The Boxtrolls is in cinema this week, and its a little bit wonderful.
It's the latest film from the folks at Laika, who previously brought us Coraline and ParaNorman - which is still one of our favourite animated movies ever. Apart from having great stories one of the biggest draws of a movie from Laika is their use of stop motion. This once dying art has been revitalised by companies like Aardman and Laika and the hand-made nature of each and every element adds a real element of creativity to the mix.
On top of that, there's the sheer challenge of making static items come alive, of creating the smooth flow of live action via a series of entirely still images. And you can find out just how difficult some of those effects were to create in this new video on the Nature of Creation.
That's just incredible. Creating the water reflections has to be one of the most insanely detailed things I've ever seen, especially when you know that the same effect just occurs naturally in live action. Imagine cueing up those lights and shadows to co-incide with each miniscule movement in the character models and hoping nothing goes wrong.
The Boxtrolls is based on the book Here be Monsters! by Alan Snow and features the voice talents of Isaac Hempstead-Wright, elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Simon Pegg.
See it in cinemas from the 12th of September 2014.