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Ducks Rule in this Animated Short Created by KLS Kids

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Six students put together this stop-motion animation about a little duck and a big bad wolf. Watch below!

What is a stop-motion animation?

In a stop-motion animation, objects are moved in small increments and photographed frame by frame. When the photographs/frames are played back quickly in sequence, the objects appear to move on their own. It's a low-budget filmmaking technique that anyone can try at home – just Google "how to make a stop motion animation"! You can also check out these other examples of stop-motion animations made by kids, including a behind the scenes look at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's #MetKids Animation Lab.

To learn more about animation, we encourage you to explore Khan Academy's Pixar in a Box series, which includes an Introduction to Animation. This free online course will teach you how to animate bouncing balls, tell a compelling story, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. Khan Academy's Computer Programming lessons can also teach you how to animate drawings using JavaScript.

What's the story behind this video?

The video was created on a Sunday in spring under the guidance of two Khan Lab School parents and their sons. Families were able to sign up for the animation workshop by making a donation to the school. Other KLS community events hosted this year included a trip to the movies with one of our teachers, a day pretending to be Hogwarts students with our Extended Day team, and a week eating homemade lunches with our French Specialist. We look forward to offering more creative community building events at our next school fundraiser!

All credit for this animation goes to Adam, Tyler, Athena, Leo, Charlie, and Isra, ages 8 to 14, who are in Independence Levels 3, 4, and 5.