Fun Friday: Stop-motion

In celebration of the impending weekend, here are some videos to brighten your day (if the fact it’s almost the weekend didn’t do that already.)

I wish my books danced like that. (You’ll have to click through to watch it on YouTube, but it should load pretty quickly.)

And here, an art student shows off his senior project: A pop-up book of skyscrapers. It’s really quite something.

Le petit Nicolas

I came across this video from a French movie called Le Petit Nicolas, and was intrigued by its style. I’d never heard of Nicolas, but a little digging shows he is the hero of a popular series of French children’s books first published in 1959. The books were made into a live-action film in 2009; I believe this video is the title sequence or credits from that film.

I think it’s funny how now people try to replicate paper and other “old” media with computers and “new” media. Do you think those were really paper cutouts and pop-ups being filmed, or was the whole thing computer-animated?

Either way, it’s a fun few minutes and now I’m curious about the English-language version of these books.