With the priest of Plasticine Nick Park (he of Aardman Animations, studio behind
Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit and more), back on the scene with , we’re ranking every full-length stop-motion movie that ever got a Tomatometer from best to worst! Early Man
(2015, 99%) Shaun the Sheep Movie
Warm, funny, and brilliantly animated, Shaun the Sheep is yet another stop-motion jewel in Aardman’s family-friendly crown.
(2017, 98%) My Life as a Zucchini
My Life as a Zucchini‘s silly title and adorable characters belie a sober story whose colorful visuals delight the senses even as it braves dark emotional depths.
(2016, 97%) Kubo and the Two Strings
Kubo and the Two Strings matches its incredible animation with an absorbing — and bravely melancholy — story that has something to offer audiences of all ages.
(2000, 97%) Chicken Run
Chicken Run has all the charm of Nick Park’s Wallace & Gromit, and something for everybody. The voice acting is fabulous, the slapstick is brilliant, and the action sequences are spectacular.
(2009, 95%) Mary and Max
Mary and Max is a lovingly crafted, startlingly inventive piece of animation whose technical craft is equaled by its emotional resonance.
(2005, 95%) Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a subtly touching and wonderfully eccentric adventure featuring Wallace and Gromit.
(1993, 95%) The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stunningly original and visually delightful work of stop-motion animation.
(2016, 93% The Little Prince
Beautifully animated and faithful to the spirit of its classic source material, The Little Prince is a family-friendly treat that anchors thrilling visuals with a satisfying story.
(2009, 93%) Fantastic Mr. Fox
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a delightfully funny feast for the eyes with multi-generational appeal — and it shows Wes Anderson has a knack for animation.
(2015, 91%) Anomalisa
Anomalisa marks another brilliant and utterly distinctive highlight in Charlie Kaufman’s filmography, and a thought-provoking treat for fans of introspective cinema.
(2009, 90%) Coraline
With its vivid stop-motion animation combined with Neil Gaiman’s imaginative story, Coraline is a film that’s both visually stunning and wondrously entertaining.
(1973, 88%) Fantastic Planet
An animated epic that is by turns surreal and lovely, fantastic and graceful.
(2012, 87%) Frankenweenie
Frankenweenie is an energetic stop-motion horror movie spoof with lovingly crafted visuals and a heartfelt, oddball story.
(2012, 87%) ParaNorman
Beautifully animated and solidly scripted, ParaNorman will entertain (and frighten) older children while providing surprisingly thoughtful fare for their parents.
(2012, 86%) The Pirates! Band of Misfits
It may not quite scale Aardman’s customary delirious heights, but The Pirates! still represents some of the smartest, most skillfully animated fare that modern cinema has to offer.
(2005, 84%) Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
As can be expected from a Tim Burton movie, Corpse Bride is whimsically macabre, visually imaginative, and emotionally bittersweet.
(2009, 81%) A Town Called Panic
A Town Called Panic is a raucous, endlessly creative animated romp with a quirky, adult sense of humor.
(1985, 80%) The Adventures of Mark Twain
Samuel Clemens’ folksy wisdom and witticisms are on full display here, along with some pure nightmare fuel.
(2014, 75%) The Boxtrolls
While it’s far from Laika’s best offering, The Boxtrolls is still packed with enough offbeat wit and visual splendor to offer a healthy dose of all-ages entertainment.
(2012, 73%) Toys In The Attic
A primarily Czech feature about an attic ruled by toyetic despots and the underdogs who challenge the rule of the land.
(2008, 73%) $9.99
Its storyline isn’t as wondrous as its visuals, but $9.99 has a sophistication and handmade charm that sets it apart from the animated pack.
(2010, 44%) Jackboots on Whitehall
This little-seen joint sees a band of British fighters retaking London from Nazis in an alternate take on World War II.
(2015, 0%) Hell & Back
Sacrilegious, scatological stop-motion that somehow drew talent like Mila Kunis, Susan Sarandon, Bob Odenkirk and way more.