Zoetrope Animation Toy | Traditional Vintage Classic Toy | Optical Toys

£19.97 (as of 01/02/2018, 5:17 pm)

Zoetrope Animation Toy – Modern Replica of a Victorian Vintage Toy
The Zoetrope Animation
Zeotrope is an Optical Classic Toy

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The Zoetrope is an an animated vintage toy that was originally developed in 1830s. The Zoetrope has recently been a major feature in the film, “The Woman In Black” starring Daniel Radcliffe. This is a modern replica of a traditional Zoetrope. A zoetrope is a device that produces the illusion of motion from a rapid succession of static pictures. The zoetrope consists of a cylinder with slits cut vertically in the sides. On the inner surface of the cylinder is a band with images from a set of sequenced pictures. As the cylinder spins, the user looks through the slits at the pictures across. The scanning of the slits keeps the pictures from simply blurring together, & the user sees a rapid succession of images, producing the illusion of motion. Just insert an animation strip, spin the drum & look through the slots. The pictures instantly spring to life! Eagles flap, Orcas dive, frogs jump & more! Change the 18 included picture strips at will. Then, sketch on the six included Draw-Your-Own strips. Anyone can be an animator! We use the original tooling to make this durable plastic toy, we’ve faithfully reproduced and included the original twelve picture strips designed by celebrated animator Ruth Hayes. And that’s not all. We’ve added six NEW picture strips and six “Draw-Your-Own strips!” The included instruction booklet provides a history of this classic invention, explains how it works, and tells you how to bring your own drawings to life. “Our 7 year-old son loves this toy & has had great fun with it. He’s even made his own movies on the back of the strips that are provided. You are provided with a drum with a stand and several strips with loads of different scenes on them. But they are blank on the other side, so you can turn them over, as he has done, and draw your own scenes. Brilliant toy, definitely recommended for someone with an interest in animation and/or movie-making.” Animation strips black & white Size: 3.5cm x 32cm
Zoetrope Animation Toy – Modern Replica of a Victorian Vintage Toy
The Zoetrope Animation
Zeotrope is an Optical Classic Toy
Spinning Wheel with slots in, Made of Plastic, Size: 10x10x10cm, we do also supply larger size zoetropes if you would prefer a lager version.
Includes 24 Zoetrope animation strips: 18 printed picture strips, 6 draw-your-own strips

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