With blockbuster hits like Frozen and Inside Out, there are few movie genres that enchant and inspire kids more than animated films. Using a steady hand, a bit of patience, and plenty of imagination, junior animaniacs can create stunning moving pictures of their own, thanks to a crop of kid-friendly stop-motion animation apps and studio kits. Click through our animated album to zoom in on some of the coolest products to help your mini-movie moguls shoot their own stop-motion masterpieces!

Minecraft Stop-Motion Animation Studio

Minecraft fanatics will love crafting one-of-a-kind Minecraft films with this super-duper studio kit, which includes a movie stage, four different backgrounds, multiple accessories, and exclusive Minecraft minifigures. A helpful tutorial on the Minecraft Stop-Motion Movie Creator app (currently only available on iTunes) explains how to build your first Minecraft stop-motion movie. After arranging and moving characters and props on the stage, junior directors snap individual pics, which the app stitches together to create an animated short. The kit comes with a rugged plastic phone/tablet stand and translucent blocks that can be used to simulate minifigure jumps and flight, which no doubt will help Steve escape from the inevitable onslaught of Creepers!

For ages 6 through 12.

Studio kit available at amazon.com, $26.99; app available on iTunes, free.

What are your favorite movie-maker and animation apps? Tell us in the comments below!

—Kipp Jarecke-Cheng

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