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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Gets Stop-Motion Remake


Like probably many of you out there, one of my all-time favorite movies is Steven Spielberg's 1981 action-adventure classic Raiders of the Lost Ark, starring Harrison Ford and Karen Allen.  The opening sequence, featuring archaeologist Indiana Jones and his companion Satipo going into an ancient, booby-trapped Peruvian temple to recover a golden idol, sets the tone for one of the greatest films of all time.

Well, it seems animator Jeff Gurwood is quite the fan as well.  He apparently spent six grueling months recreating this six-minute sequence in a shot-for-shot video, using the process of stop-motion animation featuring Hasbro action figures and custom-built sets.  Cartoon Network's Adult Swim series Robot Chicken has done this sort of thing for a while now, even featuring Raiders parody sketches, but certainly not a shot-for-shot remake without the advantages of a major animation studio.

Enjoy the stop-motiony goodness...

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