The Posable Figures On This Spinning Zoetrope Make Anyone an Animator

It takes a tremendous amount of patience to create an entire film using stop-motion animation techniques, but this simple spinning zoetrope toy makes the process a whole lot easier. You'll only end up with about a second of animation after posing all ten of the bendable figures, but the results are still really… » 3/12/15 1:17pm 3/12/15 1:17pm

Watch This Vinyl Record Play Music and a Full-Color Animation

Man, there is something inexplicably magical about moving images. GIFs are currently living large as the forever-looping medium of choice, but the ol' timey zoetrope is having a bit of a renaissance. » 2/04/14 9:40am 2/04/14 9:40am

Good Lord, This Pottery Zoetrope Is Absolutely Mesmerizing

Pottery can be described in many ways, but, unless Demi and Patrick are getting sexy at the wheel, mesmerizing is probably not one of them. That is, until you see this perfect little clip commissioned by the UK Crafts Council, which shows a lump of clay transform into an earthenware zoetrope. I could stare at this… » 12/20/13 11:20am 12/20/13 11:20am

Disney's Zoetrope Toys Brings Inanimate Action Figures To Life

Available exclusively at Disneyland and presumably other Disney theme parks around the world, this wonderful new zoetrope toy called the Disneyvision uses strobing lights and a vibrating support to bring one of six included rubber action figures to life—or at least create the illusion they've been brought to life. » 11/18/13 12:40pm 11/18/13 12:40pm

This Online Archive Collects 19th Century "GIFs" of Yore

Phenakistoscopes, praxinoscopes, and zoetropes, oh my! Richard Balzer, a 69-year-old New York native, has cultivated a remarkable online museum of early animations and optical toys of the 18th and 19th centuries. » 10/25/13 7:30pm 10/25/13 7:30pm

This Dizzying Zoetrope Turns a Spinning Flatscreen Into a 3D Light Show

Zoetropes are nearly as old as civilization—the first one was invented in 180 AD—but this is an entirely new spin (so to speak) on the same basic concept. This flatscreen monitor spins at such high speeds that our eyeballs are tricked into perceiving the two-dimensional animations playing on its surface as 360… » 9/20/13 6:01pm 9/20/13 6:01pm

Sony's Enormous Bravia Zoetrope Caught Zoetroping

As reported yesterday, Sony's new Bravia ad will feature the world's largest zoetrope, a 10m tribute to those Olde-Tyme Rotational Animation Dee-vices displayed in local children's museums. You know, with the horses? Here's a video. » 12/05/08 5:38am 12/05/08 5:38am