Is it fake, or is it not? That’s not really the point. I think it’s a shame that the question has to be asked at all. If you spend 250 hours on something, why would you make it look like it’s computer generated instead of using the potentials at hand? If you crawl around the floor for days with coins, isn’t it better to use the opportunity to make something that the computer is not good at?
It’s more engineering than art, I guess. When artists do it there’s usually something more than a neurotic proof of concept. Space Invader’s rubik cubes are nice even if the motives aren’t that exciting, and there’s the post-it animation that has some sort of post-digital quality to it.
In a way, making something new (perfecting stop motion animation) seems more boring than making something that looks more trashy.