Along with digital 3-D photography, stop-motion films now are peppered with computer-animated visual effects to add to the spectacle.
Yet the basic idea is the same as it ever was.
"It's a guy behind a black curtain, pushing a puppet one frame at a time. So it really hasn't changed in a hundred years," said "Frankenweenie" producer Allison Abbate. "It's still embracing that old-school, handmade, handcrafted technology that I think you feel when you watch the movie. It feels like a labor of love, and you can see it on screen."
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