Director Paul Berry went on to work on Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. His influence on Nightmare is clear from this short. It is a bedtime story for adults that was based on a Hoffman story. It was nominated for an “Oscar” for Best Animated Short Film in 1992.
This movie demonstrates that puppet animation can show an adult theme in a sensitive yet challenging way. The stress of the Trojan War puts the complex relationship between Achilles and Patroclus under strain.
This is a great example of storytelling through action rather than words from a master of puppet animation. William Shakespeare gives a quick run through of all his plays in an audition.
Just how small can you go and still animate the puppet? Aardman Animations have set a new Guinness World Record for “Smallest stop-motion animation character in a film”, with this movie shot entirely on the new Nokia N8 12-megapixel smartphone. See how it was made below.
The movie exemplifies the experimental and curious nature of the Quays’ work. Rather than examining the potential symbolism of such props as screws, dust, string, and wind-up monkeys, many shots seem to focus on the movements and inherent characteristics of the materials.