<em>Chocolate</em> by Carlos Lopez Estrada <em>Chocolate</em> by Carlos Lopez Estrada
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Chocolate by Carlos Lopez Estrada

This one is quite delightful. It’s a new stop-motion music video for Latin American Grammy winners, Jesse & Joy. The video was conceived and directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada (currently a student at Chapman University’s Dodge College) and was shot over a month in a house-turned studio in L.A. by a dedicated (“and painfully underpaid”) group of young artists for Warner Music Mexico. It’s made up of almost 3,000 still photographs with no post effects, featuring characters actually made of edible custom-made cookies. Cameron Clark, the director of animation, explains the process:

“I pre-animated the motion for every shot with After Effects and then used a combination of Dragon Stop Motion, a projector, and a small team of animators to basically trace the motion that I had created digitally. That way we got the smooth motion of digital animation with the charm of physical stop motion.”

A very cool making-of piece is posted here. But watch the video first:

  • Delightful and catchy!

  • Wow, like svankmajer but sweet and tasty! Great fresh piece of animation… cookiemation, who would have thought?

  • Rio


  • Just showed this to my class – it’s always nice to see some clever ideas in the morning.

  • Amazing work, and brilliantly done. Svankmajer? What, because it’s stop motion? Not so much.

  • Thank you all!

    And I agree with Spencer. Although I’m extremely flattered to have my work mentioned in the same breath as Svankmajer, I can’t claim that kind of genius.

  • that was very nice. and I agree catchy

  • the Svankmajer comment was in refference to Svankmajer’s stop motion film ‘Food’ (1992) where food was stop-motion animated, not his entire back catalogue :)

  • Mexicans underpaid? te cai??

  • Randy Koger

    Delightful! Fun, nice music and GREAT animation. (Loved the singing cow heads!)
    Thank you for that piece.