Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Our Christmas Favorites: The Sequel and Claymation

Yesterday I posted our family favorite Christmas movies. Today we are going for the Animated version of that list.

BUT FIRST.. Claymation! 

In clay animation, each object is sculpted in clay or a similarly pliable material such as Plasticine, usually around a wire skeleton called an armature. As in other forms of object animation, the object is arranged on the set (background), a film frame is exposed, and the object or character is then moved slightly by hand. Another frame is taken, and the object is moved slightly again. This cycle is repeated until the animator has achieved the desired amount of film. The human mind processes the series of slightly changing, rapidly playing images as motion, hence making it appear that the object is moving by itself. To achieve the best results, a consistent shooting environment is needed to maintain the illusion of continuity. This means paying special attention to maintaining consistent lighting and object placement and working in a calm environment.
Source: Wikipedia

Do you have any idea how much time and patience this takes! 
Are any of you old enough to remember "Gumby and Pokey"?
As a kid, that was the first I remember of Claymation. Gumby was created in the early '50's. 
The Christmas specials started shortly after. So on with the list! 
My Favorite of course is Rudolph.

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (1964) I was 3!

Little Drummer Boy (1968)

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town! (1970)
(I love Fred Astaire as the narrator)

Nestor, the Long Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)

There are many more wonderful Claymation Specials. Those of you that are younger, should get your kids in on the fun and let them see something non-digital!

Other family favorites include:
Frosty the Snowman (1969)

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

A Chipmunk Christmas (1981)

And our favorite:
Little known-
The Christmas Toy (1986)
made by the Jim Henson Company.

As always there are MANY others, some more popular now with new characters and fond new memories of the things you will watch with your kids.
With this post, the Christmas Tradition I mentioned yesterday will have to wait until later in the week.
Until then...
Enjoy the Christmas season and all that it has to offer.

Time to Fly!


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