Claymation has always been something that fascinated me. When I was growing up, my neighbourhood best friend was completely obsessed with “Wallace and Gromit”- I was more of a The Little Mermaid girl myself, but hey.
I remember once viewing a claymation music video clip that my brother’s friend’s band made (sorry for the mouthful). I was amazed- “Those clay people look just like your friends! How did they do that?!”
“Well, Phil is really good at art,” my brother replied, “but this whole video took them all of most days for well over a week.”
After that, I really began to understand the kind of effort that went into this type of animation. There’s a certain amount of shots that go into one mere second of film. It takes not only a lot of effort, but a whole lot of time.
I just read this article about the changing and developments in the claymation process for “Wallace and Gromit” before the release of their feature-length film. They discuss the introduction of CGI, particularly in the use of things like fog and wind. However, after the making of Chicken Run, the creators decided to go back towards the homemade kind of look- with obvious fingerprints, so audiences could tell the kind of detail and work that went into making the puppets.
Here’s a link to that specific article:
And here’s a meme I made for y’all