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World's largest stop-motion animation filmed on a beach (VIDEO)

August 4, 2011 - 01:39 PM
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Here is the delightful mariner's tale "Gulp," crafted by Aardman Animations (of Wallace and Gromit fame) using cell phones, natch.

World's largest stop-motion animation

I don't care if it's a marketing ploy to promote Nokia smartphones, this short film from Sumo Science at Aardman Animations is delightful summertime fare. "Gulp" set a Guinness world record for "world's largest stop-motion animation" by being filmed over 1,000 square meters on a beach in Wales, U.K. (Aardman also won the record for world's smallest stop motion, "Dot," which you can watch after the jump.)

While's it's not exactly Wallace and Gromit, the signature Aardman silliness and moment of Wow! are all there. The protagonist is an actual human who had to crawl inch by inch over the beach, while artists scribbled in fishes and waves in the sand to give the animation a lifelike look. The video was filmed on several Nokia N8 phones fixed high above the beach. Take a peek below, and don't miss this great behind-the-scenes video showing how much geeky creativity went into making this thing.

And here's the world's smallest stop motion by Sumo Science and Nokia, which was clearly inspired by the dungeon levels in Super Mario Bros.:

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