Video: Video: The trick that made animation realistic | Vox [5:12]

Rotoscoping changed animation forever. This is how. Almanac Hollywouldn't is our miniseries on big changes to movies that came from outside Hollywood. Watch all of the episodes right here on YouTube. Episode 1: Episode 2: Episode 3: Subscribe to our channel! One breakthrough made animation look natural. And it involved a clown dancing on a roof. In this episode of Vox Almanac, Vox’s Phil Edwards explores the beginning of rotoscoping, a technique animators can use to create realistic motion. Invented by Max Fleischer of Fleischer Studios (and echoed and practiced by many others), it involves taking filmed footage and using it as a traceable model for animation. The results are fluid and natural in a way animation had never been before. As the above video shows, it started with Max’s brother Dave dancing on a roof in a clown costume. Footage of that was then used to model the classic Koko the Clown cartoons, which formed the basis for many Fleischer Studios films. Today, animators still use techniques like rotoscoping to turn real movement into animation. Check out the original patent! If you want to learn more about early animation, check out Fleischer Studios on the web and YouTube. You can also read Man and Superman: The Fleischer Studio Negotiates the Real in Quarterly Review of Film and Video by J.P. Telotte, which describes the techniques used for the animated Superman series. The Fleischer Story by Leslie Cabarga is invaluable for any early animation fan and has lots of trivia you won’t find anywhere else. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out Watch our full video catalog: Follow Vox on Facebook: Or Twitter:
VoxanimationmealtimevideosFilm & AnimationVox.comvoxexplainexplainerrotoscopingfilmanimationfleischerfleischer studiosvox almanacphil edwardshollywouldntalmanacanimatedmovingcab callowaybetty boopminnie the moocheranimation historyrotoscopedtracinggulliver's travelssupermananimation techniquesartdrawinghow rotoscope workshow rotoscoping workshow animation worksmovementmotion studiesmotion designmax fleischerdave fleischerkoko the clown

Jalen Hurts


School Closing


Jared Kushner

Jeff Sessions



Clemson University

Derrick Rose


Alabama Vs Clemson

Lola Kirke

Tree Man


Browser not supported.
Please update to Chrome / Firefox.
Also enable JavaScript.

Pinch to exit fullscreen
Long press to pause
Swipe to open menu
Next / Prev
Swipe to change videos
Double tap to Like
Pinch to go full screen
It's what to watch
Sign Up
Personalize your suggestions
Welcome to SubtleTV,
the worlds videos curated

The trick that made animation realistic | Vox [5:12]