They're what's known as Claymations, or stop-motion animated films made using clay figures. For those of you who are unaware, stop-motion animation involves simulating motion by taking lots of pictures of still objects and moving them in between the photos.
So, to animate a clay figure walking, you take a picture of it, move the clay figure slightly, then take another picture of it; and then rinse and repeat. When it's all over, you take those pictures and run them really fast, and it looks like the clay man is walking. It's how films like Wallace and Gromit and Coraline were made, and it's how the AT-AT's in the original Star Wars films were done; though our animation is about 100x more primitive than anything like that. But enough about this; let's see some of the films!
This is our most recent, longest, and coolest film; and by recent I mean we filmed it about two years ago and only actually edited it this summer. Keep this in mind when critiquing it. It's about 45 minutes in length, and quite epic, I think. If you're gonna watch it, be sure to watch all three parts--the second part contains some of the best stuff, and many people seem to skip over it.
This one is more...ahem, unique. It's not a "claymation," per se, since there's only a few seconds of actual animation in it. The story behind it is that a few years ago, my younger brother decided he would film a claymation himself. The results were...questionable, at best. Less than a year ago, we found some of the pictures left from that effort were still around (some of them had been lost over the intervening years), and decided to make something of them. The result was very, very odd, as you'll see; but I think it's pretty funny.
This is probably our most "Internet-ready" Claymation. It's like a dozen memes just waiting to happen!
An oldy, but a goodie; this one's from way back in the day, but it's a lot of fun, and quite epic, I think. Watch it!
So, watch...and then tell me what you think!