Sound animation

What is sound animation?
Sound animation is an early form of video animation that is still popular today. It consists of using clay figures as characters and background objects in the video animation and moving or 'deforming' them between frames to create continuous video movement.

Sound animation is also known as clayymation.

Before the advent of advanced computer animation technologies, kneading techniques and associated physical animation models were the standard for physical animation or 3D animation. Cartoon drawings were often used for 2D animation. This physical animation industry flourished in the 1970s and 1980s and as the dominant model through the 1990s until the emergence of computer generated images (CGI) and virtual animation.

Sound animation has many advantages. It maintains a uniquely authentic look for physical animation. It can also be done with limited resources. However, one of their drawbacks is the labor-intensive process of repositioning clay objects between frames. Industry experts estimate that a 30-minute audio animation video contains thousands of frames, each of which requires small changes to the physical audio models.

Although CGI and virtual or digital animation have largely adopted physical animation, there is still sound animation that is used for some types of projects. For example, smaller studios without access to virtual animation tools can use sound animation. Some projects can use it as a retro or artistic choice. In some cases, designers combine sound animation with high-tech computer animation tools.

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