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Lego Movie

Technical observations about the computer graphic animation of this movie. It has a very stop motion look.

I grabbed a clip of Cloud Cuckoo Land from youtube and examined it.

Some, but not all, of the motion is only ever other frame. In particular fast moving things and the camera change ever frame, but slower things, like someone walking, hold still for two frames and then have a larger movement, then hold still for two frames again.

Here's twenty frames from the clip made into a slowed down gif:

Cloud Cuckoo Land

The original frames have thousands of colors, unlike Legos proper.

If you watch the clip in some software that can go frame-by-frame advance, you can see the mixed jumpy and smooth even better. The click to advance lets you you can slow it down or speed it up as desired, and makes the frame change more obvious.