Stop-motion animation holds its own
It has nothing to do with drawing and, in most cases, there’s nary a computer in sight. Yet the old-school animation style known as stop motion – you know, Gumby, Speedy Alka-Seltzer, the California Raisins – appears to be the latest craze in feature films. On the heels of “ParaNorman,” which opened Friday, several other releases are coming to theaters and DVD. Why the sudden love affair with casts of puppets being moved one frame at a time?