BrainPOP

Traditional Animation

Everyone loves toon time! Computers rule much of today’s animated world, but how were cartoons first created? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby explain the basic principles behind traditional animation! Starting with basic flip-book animation, Tim and Moby discuss the development of stop-motion cameras, the importance of film speed in maintaining the illusion of motion, what an animation cel is. See how still images shown rapidly in sequence can trick your eyes and brain into believing you’re watching a moving image! You’ll also learn the differences between traditional animation, limited animation of the 1960s, and computer-generated animation of today. This movie is sure to draw you in!

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