I Second That Stop Motion

I Second That Stop Motion

2 Episodes

Travel through the looking glass with two eyeball-whirling wonders of stop-motion surrealism. Stephen and Timothy Quay’s miniature marvel THE CABINET OF JAN ŠVANKMAJER pays homage to the brilliant Czech animator of the title, a stop-motion master whose macabre, dreamlike visions have had an enormous influence on the brothers’ work. It makes for a captivating prelude to Švankmajer’s Lewis Carroll–inspired masterpiece ALICE, which blends live action and stunning stop motion to evoke the fantastical, often-frightening dimensions of childhood imagination.

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I Second That Stop Motion
  • Alice
    Episode 1


    Episode 1

    Directed by Jan Švankmajer • 1988 • Czechoslovakia
    Starring Kristýna Kohoutová

    Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland, beginning a dream expedition into the astonishing landscape of childhood, through many dangerous adventures, and ultimately to a trial before the King and Queen of Heart...

  • The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer

    Episode 2

    Directed by Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay • 1984 • United Kingdom

    The Quay Brothers pay homage to another stop-motion master in this surrealist curiosity shop that imagines legendary Czech animator Jan Švankmajer as a mad genius (literally) opening a child’s mind to fantastical experiments in pe...