Here's a selection of NFB stop-motion films. Stop-motion is an animation technique that creates the illusion of movement in an object by incremental "move and stop" frame-by-frame shooting. The recorded changes to the puppet's poses "give life" to what was previously static art. This technique often uses clay or Plasticine characters or puppets.
Pixillation (or pixilation) is a variation of stop-motion animation and is achieved by photographing the movement of humans one frame at a time. Norman McLaren used this technique in his Oscar®-winning NFB film Neighbours. He also used stop-motion animation with live actors in A Chairy Tale, made with his friend Claude Jutra, and Pas de deux.
The NFB continues to innovate in the field of animation and has several programs to encourage young talent. Hothouse and Vista are two examples. You’ll find some of these films on the right.