Stop motion animation is by far one of the most forgotten mediums for filmmaking, yet it holds high respect for what it is and how it's done in large motion pictures today. Those pushing the envelope in 2016 are the geniuses behind Laika Studios where they blended hand crafted puppets, CGI, and 3D printing to build a world filled with imagination and story.
Ways Laika innovated was in the construction of the characters. Using human hair laced with silicone along with armor that was layered to move well against hours of motion. Creative goals were a challenge as each new character came new designs and attention to detail. Originally they would start with an idea yet fall in the realm of not knowing which department was going to be able to head this in making it come to life.
To get more outstanding behind the scenes access check out the time lapse below showing a puppeteer as he moves a character down a set piece in the most amazingly smooth process. Just a stunning example of artists pushing the limits of a medium not many explore in todays industry.