History of Clay Animation
isn't really a new technique at all. Who doesn't remember
Gumby and Pokey? Technically, clay animation began a short
time after the invention of a clay-like substance called
plasticine. Plasticine was invented in 1897, and one of the
first actual films to use clay was in 1902 using clay for
lightning sculpting. This was one of the first steps for
clay animation, but it took six more years to make a film
that used clay animated sculptures. This happened in 1908
Sculptor's Welsh Rarebit Nightmare was released in
time period, many men and women did obscure work with clay
animation. It just wasn't a very popular technique then. For
almost 70 years, it remained that way. It wasn't until the
mid to late '80's that this wonderful technique began to
turn into the large-scale phenomenon that it is today.
Perhaps one of the best and memorable things that happened
in clay animation was Art Pokey's creation of Gumby. He was
one of the first superstars to be made out of clay. Even
now, people still can't seem to get enough of him. He is a
true legend that just keeps reincarnating. He really makes
up a large part of clay animation's history.
Now that there
is so much technology available, clay animation has really
been made much simpler to do and accomplish than it was in
it's humble beginnings. You can see more about that on our
"So . .
page. We also recommend that you check out the rest of the
pages in the Past, Present, and Future Section. There you'll
find a lot more information all about clay animation.