As a longtime fan of Monty Python's Flying Circus (I've been watching the show since I was four or five) I'm thrilled to be teaching a class in Cut-Out-Animation for the Worcester Art Museum during the Summer Session for 14 to 17 Years.
For people who are fans of Monty Python and South Park, Cut-Out Animation is where you either draw a character in pieces and animate it by moving each part frame by frame. It's a lot more involved than it really looks because you have to keep in mind the more moving joints you have to the character the more difficult and involved the animation becomes.
I somewhat like a cross between drawn animation and claymation. Where you have a great deal of the drawing elements of drawn animation and you have the elements of actually having to physically move each part of the character like claymation.
And as Terry Gilliam's animations on Python showed, you can use a cross between your own drawings and cutting images out of a newspaper or magazine.
I've found what makes cut-out animation more effective if you use magazine images is to cut out the head and draw the bodies. That way you can create the limbs yourself and it makes it more easier to move rather than cutting the bodies out of a magazine and trying to fill the missing spaces you cut the limbs out of.
South Park did something similar when they would animate Saddam Hussein having Saddam's head on a cartoon body.
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