Thursday, July 9, 2009

Jan Svankmajer and stop-motion featured on Etsy!

Hey guys,

While perusing etsy's Storque articles, I stumbled across one on Jan Svankmajer's "Alice in Wonderland". As someone who can't stop blabbing about how cool Jan Svankmajer and other similar stop-motion animators are to anyone who will listen, seeing a slight undercurrent of renewed interest in artists like him is enough to get me blogging!

The article talks about the work of Jan Svankmajer and the Brothers Quay and their use of antiquated curiosities and other objects that lend a dark atmosphere to their works. Like most etsy articles, it ties everything together by listing vendors who's specialties consist of items that, well, look like they might belong in one of Svankmajer's films, along with pieces that fit into the "Alice in Wonderland" theme.

I think it's in part due to the fact that the whole steampunk aesthetic is slowly creeping towards the cusp of the mainstream. Also, Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland", which is supposed to be released sometime in 2010, may be sparking some interest in Jan Svankmajer's rendition of the story. I still haven't made up my mind on Tim Burton's version; I think I'll have to see it first...all I know for now is that 1. It's going to use CGI, 2. It has pretty much all the usual actors that Tim Burton uses over and over again, and 3. The overall look of the movie is going to have "Tim Burton" written all over it.

His last few flicks have been hit 'n' miss for me, but I'm still hoping for the best for his spin on "Alice".

Anyway, I'm happy the etsy article was able to talk about Svankmajer and the Brothers Quay without trying to ride on Tim Burton's laurels. They're classic stop-motion animators who deserve whatever attention they can get. Go check 'em out-- maybe if more people learned about all the cool animators out there, stop-motion wouldn't need to be considered a dying art!

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