First Stop Motion in a Movie

Can you name the  first  Stop Motion in a Movie ever seen ?

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First Stop Motion in a Movie

The trailer for one of the very first stop motion in a movie effects was by Willis O Brien in 1925 . This was the first feature length film made in the United States  that featured model animation as the primary special effect. It is the first movie to use stop motion, and is the most well-known of its kind. Moreover, it is the first dinosaur-oriented film hit, which led to the production of other similar movies. Such films include King Kong and the more recent; Jurassic Park trilogy. This was also the first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic story about a land within which large prehistoric creatures still roam.

The plot..

Professor Challenger (avid Explorer) is  criticised in the London press because of his claim that dinosaurs still exist in the depths of the Amazon rain forest. A journalist reporter Edward Malone finds this claim emanates from a diary given to him by explorer Maple White’s daughter. Paula. Edward Malone’s paper agrees to fund the expedition to rescue Maple White, who has been marooned at the top of a high plateau in the Amazon forest. They are accompanied by popular hunter John Roxton.   The group sets off for South America.  Here they do indeed find a plateau inhabited by prehistoric monsters. The capture one of these creatures and foolishly bring it back to  London with them, where is causes inevitable chaos.


Some Trivia

Some interesting trivia about the movie include that fact that the rubber models used in the movie were lost at one point. They were inadvertently sealed between the walls of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in LA during renovations.

Another even more intriguing one involves a cameraman noticing a pair of pliers during shooting. Instead of removing them suddenly he moved them a little at a time so that it would not be noticed. One more relating to the animation scenes – where the dinosaurs were escaping a volcano was created on a tabletop 75 wide by 150 feet long.

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