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Stop motion has long been viewed as a children's genre of film, but in recent years, its therapeutic qualities have transcended to more smutty realms. Kick back and see the picks of the litter.
To Hell and Back, 2015
Check Netflix for the ultimate adult fantasy comedy that is To Hell and Back (THAB). The film sees two slacking employees of a rundown carnival sell their co-worker’s soul to the devil. Later, they take an unwanted trip to the depths of hell to get him back. Not shy of violence, nudity and college humour, THAB's animators also strip away the innocence of stop motion's usual childlike design. See; Demma - the sexy demi-demon (voiced by Mila Kunis) - and her abnormally perky nipples for the above. In this blasphemous and dystopian background, you have yourself a film standing tall in the world of stop motion.
Robot Chicken, 2012-Present
Pop culture references fly thick and fast as Robot Chicken lampoons everything from toys, movies and television, to the more obscure animes, sitcoms and games. As one of the longest-running series on [Adult Swim], Robot Chicken is written much in the same vein as comedy sketch shows like Saturday Night Live - and in later series, has ramped up its production value. One recurring motif involves the idea of fantastical characters being placed in a more realistic world or situation. Such episodes feature Stretch Armstrong requiring a corn syrup transplant after losing his abilities because of aging, Optimus Prime performing a prostate cancer PSA for the humans, and Godzilla having problems in the bedroom.
Isle of Dogs, 2018
To be released in March 2018, viewer's can be confident for it's success due to Wes Anderson, the highly acclaimed film director. Isle of Dog's trailer unveils how all dogs are banished to a dump in Japan after an outbreak of canine flu. A journey of epic proportions ensues as a pack furry friends help one 12 year old boy track his missing pet. Big names such as Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum and Scarlett Johansson will be voicing the film, so it's bound to be as emotionally captivating as it will be in terms of colour dense, choppy and symmetrical cinematography.
Moral Orel, 2005 - 2008
Moral Orel is a religious parody series starring Orel - an optimistic God fearing young boy in a world full of cynicism. The show is set in the fictional capital city of "Moralton", which lies within the fictional Bible Belt state of "Statesota." Orel tries to live by the fundamentalist Protestant Christian moral code as articulated in church or by his father, Clay. Although, he naively follows this code to disastrous extremes. Described before as “David and Goliath meets South Park”, Moral Orel satirises archetypes of Middle American suburban life, modern-day WASP culture, and religious fundamentalism.
Creature Comforts, 1989-2011
Made in the style of a mockumentary, Creature Comforts ingeniously matches animated zoo animals with a soundtrack of people talking about their homes, making it appear as if the animals were being interviewed about their own living conditions. It was created by Nick Park and Aardman Animations, with an American version of the series also made. The series is comical, creative and endearing. Nourishment for the soul and a proven mood booster.
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