Claymation is a method of animation where clay figures are filmed using stop-motion photography.
Claymation (clay animation) dates way back to 1897, when the material plasticine was introduced to the artistic world. In this article, we will briefly explore the history of Claymation!
(scene from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas)
So.. where have you seen this method used before? Films such as Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, and Chicken Run were all made using Claymation. TV shows such as Wallace and Gromit, Gumby, and Bob the Builder also use this method.
Sammy Squid: Turns The Other Tentacle by SuperDaddytv
In terms of notable clay animators, Jan Švankmajer is someone worth talking about. Švankmajer created his first film in 1964 and has impacted the film and animation world with his unique style. He has created many feature-length and short-films using claymation - many of which influenced filmmakers such as Tim Burton and Brothers Quay.
Darkness Light Darkness by Jan Švankmajer
You can view some Claymation on deviantART created by our talented Film and Animation community in the Stop Motion gallery.