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A History of Animation

Zoetrope

The Zoetrope was originally named the 'Daedalum' [pronounced day-da-lum] by it's inventor William Horner and was based on Plateau's Phenakistoscope.

 


The zoetrope is a drum shape with an open top. Underneath it is supported in middle by a stand. A series of hand drawn pictures feature on the inside. All the pictures are drawn slightly different to advance the movement, as flick books do.

 


The drum features slits on the outside and when the drum is spun, the watcher can look through the slits and the pictures appear to be connected together and moving like a short animated film.


Click the video links below to watch a Zoetrope spinning and see

Neil Dowlan Curator of engineering at Armley Mills Museum describing the zeotrope.




 
Document icon Learning article provided by: Armley Mills Museum, Leeds Museums and Galleries | 

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