7) The Book of the Dead
A Japanese film directed by Kihachirō Kawamoto, The Book of the Dead takes place around the time that Buddhism first made its way to Japan from China. It’s a pretty neat examination of Buddhism in particular and religion in general.
This Polish film not only features stop-motion animation, but it also made use of early computer-generated animation– and it predates Young Sherlock Holmes by three years. Focusing on a gigantic city in the sky, it tells the story of exactly what immortal beings get up to once they’ve gotten bored with the world. It did get shown at Cannes, but only as a non-competitive work, so A Town Called Panic still holds the first-stop-motion-film-at-Cannes title.
9) The Science of Sleep
The underappreciated The Science of Sleep is actually my favorite Michel Gondry film. The 2006 follow-up to the massive hit Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep uses stop-motion animation to illustrate how the world looks to a man (Gael García Bernal, who is wonderful) with such a vivid imagination that he has trouble interacting with reality. It’s a terrifically creative use for the technique, and it’s a lovely film. Do yourself a favor and see it if you haven’t already.