The Stop-Motion Filmography

A Critical Guide to 297 Features Using Puppet Animation


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About the Book

This is a major McFarland reference work providing in-depth analyses of all puppet animation sequences in every film that has featured the process, including King Kong and Jason and the Argonauts. The focus is on how effective the sequence was and how it was executed. In addition to the analysis, each entry provides title, year of release, cast and production credits including producer, director, screenplay, director of photography, art director or production designer, music, stop-motion animators, armature builders, puppet makers, stop-motion cameramen, sequence supervisors, and more. Ratings of the film and of the effectiveness of its stop-motion sequences are also given.

About the Author(s)

Neil Pettigrew is a freelance computer consultant in London. He has also written for such publications as Cinefantastique and Famous Monsters of Filmland.

Bibliographic Details

Neil Pettigrew
Foreword by Ray Harryhausen
Format: softcover (7 x 10 in 2 vols.)
Pages: 878
Bibliographic Info: 189 photos (51 in color), glossary, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008 [1999]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3107-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1028-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Volume 1

Acknowledgments      viii

Foreword (by Ray Harryhausen)      1

Preface      3

Introduction      7

The Stop-Motion Filmography (A–K)      29

There is a 16-page color section between pages 200 and 201

Volume 2

The Stop-Motion Filmography (L–Z)      415

There is a 16-page color section between pages 488 and 489

Appendix A: Artists’ Filmographies      791

Appendix B: Stop-Motion Effects Academy Awards and Nominations      801

Appendix C: Stop-Motion Top Ten Lists      805

Appendix D: Stop-Motion Memorabilia Price Guide      811

Glossary      815

Bibliography      823

Index      825

Book Reviews & Awards

“gargantuan…an insightful and affectionate tribute to [puppet animation] films. Brilliant color photographs shine out alongside numerous black and white photos…recommended”—Choice; “well-researched, well-written and a solid addition”—Video Watchdog; “detailed…a ‘must have’”—Famous Monsters of Filmland; “amazing…thousands of details…an important work”—ASIFA; “a mightily impressive tome…exhaustive…an essential book for stop motion fans”—SFX Magazine; “staggeringly comprehensive study…provides shot-by-shot analysis of every stop-motion sequence in every known feature film that uses the process…Pettigrew’s thoroughness and accuracy border on the astounding…a work of impeccable scholarship”—Scarlet Street; “a treasure-trove of information”—Ani-Mato; “superbly researched and informative text and illustrations…provides in-depth analyses of all puppet animation sequences…a valuable source of information…immaculately researched and written in a lucid and very readable manner”—Talking Pictures Magazine.