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Brief History of Claymation

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 7:24 PM
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! :eager:

(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. :)

A brief history of Claymation, for #ArtHistoryProject
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Sublime-Feline Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Soooo cool! A friend introduced me to some of the films by Tim Burton and I fell in love with it. I'm excited that you shared this with us!
RTNightmare Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeeeeeeeeeah, Nightmare! :D :D :D :D :D :D
I love you, Jack! :heart:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013   General Artist
:la: Well done!
I lovec claymation, although, some styles creep me out. :lol:
catluvr2 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You didn't mention games done with claymation? :nuu:

At least mention the Neverhood. :saddummy:
Armonah Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
The Neverhood was a claymation masterpiece. Damn shame that wasn't mentioned :[
catluvr2 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know. I've gone through it at least twice, and I chose both endings. I chose the good ending first, though.
MerelHamers Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Filmographer
actually most claymation nowdays don't use clay anymore for the moving characters.

Most make a metal skeleton and cast a silicon form around it or like with Paranorman 3D print a lot of the parts [link]
pica-ae Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Gotta love clay motion :la: And even if as a kid you think they are actually alive :giggle:
YukiMizuno Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Fuuu! You stole my idea. :lol: Oh well, I did a feature, guess that's enough. :P
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