It’s an illusion, like all animation, but it’s an illusion made by hand, and because it takes so long, made by love. It has fingerprints on it, it has the human touch. And the audience knows that it’s tangible. With CG, you can do anything and you can do it beautifully but our brains instantly tell us that it isn’t real.


Peter Lord on stop-motion, after learning his film The Pirates! Band of Misfits was one of three stop-motion animated films nominated for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Oscars.

I posted an example of that human touch a few months ago.