Early animation often included stop-motion photography (think Claymation, Davey & Goliath, etc.) to create movement of characters and changes in scenery. Filmmakers are coming back to the use of stop-motion photography, with amazing results.
Christian filmmakers Eric and Jeffrey Leiser (Albino Fawn Productions), use this technique in their project Glitch in the Grid, a story about young artists dealing with life, love, work and weariness during the new American recession. The hybrid live action/animation uses some new methods in landscape animation that are really fascinating. Here's a teaser/trailer of their new work.