Book Review: KLUTZ Book of Animation

KLUTZ makes some of our family’s favorite how-to and craft/activity books for kids, and they’re currently holding a blog tour for their newest release:  KLUTZ Book of Animation.  We are Stop #4 on this tour, and we’re so excited to be participating.  (Make sure to stop at TechMamas.com tomorrow for the next stop on the tour and another fun giveaway and video feature!)

The KLUTZ Book of Animation includes all the information you’ll need to translate your imagination onto film – either through claymation, object animation, time lapse, and more.  There are free software recommendations, detailed pictures to give examples and stoke creativity, and even handy cutouts that can be used in producing your own movies.  Oh, and don’t forget the blob of red clay and four googly eyes that come with the book!  (do with it what you will…)  All YOU need is a computer, a camera, and an internet connection.

Speaking of red clay and googly eyes, look at this video made by the book’s co-author with techniques and supplies from The KLUTZ Book of Animation specifically for this stop on the tour:

Inspired by the video above, and with confidence from the simple instructions in the book, we made our very own animated movie with objects from our toybox at home. Please, take a look!:

Okay, so clearly it’s not ~perfect~ but it sure was a lot of fun, and I think it turned out cute.

DON’T FORGET:  TechMamas.com is tomorrow’s stop on this fabulous tour!  Visit her for another fun giveaway and video feature!

*Disclosure:  I was provided a copy of The Klutz Book of Animation to facilitate this review.  No other compensation was received and the opinions expressed are honest and my own.

*original post included a giveaway for a deluxe prize pack of Klutz books

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83 comments

  1. Tiffany @ NOH says:

    Oh wow…how do I pick just one favorite?? If I dare to go with two — old school fav would be Lady & the Tramp. New school….Madagascar 🙂

    I’m tweeting you and follow you in G-Reader too 🙂

  2. Lori H. says:

    Stop motion movies have always fascinated me. I like to watch some of the ones posted on youtube. This looks like a good book…..even grown-ups like Klutz books!! I love watching the Wallace and Grommit movies/shows.

  3. Mrs. Ordinary says:

    Newer: The Incredibles or Cars (which reminds me of Utah every time I watch).
    Older: Care Bears Adventures in Wonderland

  4. Michelle C says:

    Toy Story has been a favorite of mine for years, but it’s hard to choose just one!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  5. madwoman-doing-cartwheels says:

    My favorite animated movie would be Toy Story. But we watch a lot of animated movies so there are other very good ones as well.

    rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

  6. Puzzle Pieces says:

    Meet the Robinsons is my fave. Please include me.

    I am an email subscriber puzzle.pieces at c o x . n e t

    Thanks again

  7. Kris T. says:

    Right now, my favorite animated movie is Coraline. Truly genius. Thanks for the chance to win the prize pack!

  8. Jessie says:

    Kiki’s Delivery Service (non-Disney choice)
    Beauty and the Beast (Disney choice)
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (stop-motion choice)

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