The trick that made animation realistic

Rotoscoping changed animation forever. This is how.
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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 IRgos.
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
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  1. Vox

    Voxپیش ماه

    If you want to learn more about early animation, check out this video about the delightfully weird origins of stop motion.

  2. darknessviking

    darknessvikingپیش ماه

    wow im almost 40 year old and i just learned something, thanx dude

  3. Jasc Random

    Jasc Randomپیش ماه

    Now you have to talk about Sakuga Animation.

  4. Scribbli Chheery

    Scribbli Chheeryپیش ساعت

    3:06 Good luck explaining that to the newer generations

  5. LaikaLycanthrope

    LaikaLycanthropeپیش 6 روز

    A lot of early films were weird. But hey, film - both live-action and animated - were still fairly new, and competing with live theatre and vaudeville. Live action film-makers could do things that couldn't be done on stage, and animation could be taken just that much further, because you can pretty much do anything with drawings .. and they did.

  6. Chesco

    Chescoپیش 14 روز

    nice piece!

  7. 6th Wilbury

    6th Wilburyپیش 16 روز

    This video got a like at the 10-second mark at the first sighting of Cab Calloway.

  8. Epic gamer libtard troll

    Epic gamer libtard trollپیش 16 روز

    "This walrus didn't get his dance moves by himself" Well I sure hope he didn't

  9. DvlzWar .inst

    DvlzWar .instپیش 20 روز

    Amazing program.

  10. XxGJKtale AnimationsXx

    XxGJKtale AnimationsXxپیش 24 روز

    I’m a young animator and I hope to learn from this video,I’m only about some seconds in

  11. cjmp200

    cjmp200پیش 24 روز

    Can you highlight other early animators in a variety of styles?Like an introduction?

  12. Anthony Scali

    Anthony Scaliپیش 24 روز

    first sh/ppost

  13. technological akshually void spaghetti seeds

    technological akshually void spaghetti seedsپیش ماه

    early technology is so earnest and inspirational!!!!!!!!!

  14. vince94

    vince94پیش ماه

    My favorite modern use of this is The Highwayman in Over The Garden Wall.

  15. Willem Myburgh

    Willem Myburghپیش ماه

    Fascinating, thanks for sharing!

  16. StudentInFrance

    StudentInFranceپیش ماه

    Another episode and another Polish (or Polish-born) hero. That makes 3 in total, one per each episode: Sienkiewicz, Starewicz and Fleischer. You never mentioned their roots tho.

  17. James Vlogs

    James Vlogsپیش ماه

    Forntite dance

  18. Pepe Official YouTube Channel

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  19. -_عصابة القمامة_-

    -_عصابة القمامة_-پیش ماه


  20. Jeka Boxerdog

    Jeka Boxerdogپیش ماه

    Do you friends think that God create the World, or universe? No! World was create in USA in 1853's. Do you still think that Firdt paper was create in China? Pfff, No. First paper was create by black (strong and undpendent of course) women in 1760's in USA. God Bless USA

  21. Rashmi Patel

    Rashmi Patelپیش ماه

    The Fliescher animations were really weird but good. l would also fall to the floor laughing if my dancing turned into a dancing walrus 😂

  22. Funsyze

    Funsyzeپیش ماه

    Wow you’re right that dancing ghost walrus almost looks real!

  23. GuyInAPanzer _

    GuyInAPanzer _پیش ماه

    Here's a idea, look over and maybe even tell us some history of some pictures of survivers of Waterloo with there original uniform.

  24. Alan C

    Alan Cپیش ماه

    ghostemane anyone??

  25. Alan C

    Alan Cپیش ماه

    ghostemane anyone??

  26. C H I L L P I L L S

    C H I L L P I L L Sپیش ماه

    So that is the animation they used for Mercury GHOSTEMANE

  27. Cinnamon

    Cinnamonپیش ماه

    Yeah but they didnt credit him.

  28. AnduRo

    AnduRoپیش ماه

    TL:DR Old age animators are tracers

  29. 187 Macabee

    187 Macabeeپیش ماه

    Getting a lot of cap colladay lately

  30. Thulium

    Thuliumپیش ماه

    Its all make sense noe

  31. Kerwin Fernandes

    Kerwin Fernandesپیش ماه

    Great insight 😀. Thanks for this video. God bless you all 🙂🙏

  32. risa

    risaپیش ماه

    So basically referencing?

  33. A Chaps

    A Chapsپیش ماه

    how can we talk about rotoscoping without mentioning Ralph Bakshi and his work?

  34. RICHI_HB

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  35. Cortes70 -

    Cortes70 -پیش ماه

    I thought the thumbnail was about Adolf saying nein nein nein nein

  36. tjj300

    tjj300پیش ماه

    Don't apologize for depictions in the past. The worst thing you could do is judge the past with present ethics.

  37. HorrorDox - It’s Mongol Time

    HorrorDox - It’s Mongol Timeپیش ماه

    This is no cuphead.

  38. Moch Gaming

    Moch Gamingپیش ماه

    4:27 oh... I thought he copyright strike them

  39. Bynos Raork

    Bynos Raorkپیش ماه

    It was a walt disney animator that made the FIRST multi plane camera...

  40. nicolochan leo

    nicolochan leoپیش ماه

    Eyyyyyyyy when a Hispanic is animated this is what would happen, bachata dancing

  41. Eric Msemwa

    Eric Msemwaپیش ماه

    Just say video changed animations geez...☺️

  42. joshua smith

    joshua smithپیش ماه

    Holy carp I didn't realize the super man I grew up on was that old

  43. Stretch-3D-Lines

    Stretch-3D-Linesپیش ماه


  44. Lydia Diecidue

    Lydia Diecidueپیش ماه

    So vice just kinda stole Lindsey Ellis old shorts on short films ideas?

  45. Vlan Doom

    Vlan Doomپیش ماه

    Cab was amazing in his time.

  46. Test Him

    Test Himپیش ماه


  47. kenny miner

    kenny minerپیش ماه

    *ghostmane has entered the chat

  48. a te

    a teپیش ماه

    Can that walrus teach me how to dougie?

  49. thederpyeagle

    thederpyeagleپیش ماه

    If you haven’t done anything on it yet, look at how star wars (a new hope) combined stopmption, moving cameras and blue screen way before anyone else did and re-invented special effects

  50. pain and misery

    pain and miseryپیش ماه

    When your'e going down to St James Infirmary:

  51. Mr Metro

    Mr Metroپیش ماه

    Who came here for ghostmane

  52. binkyboy448

    binkyboy448پیش ماه

    Before watching: Is it rotoscoping? Upon watching: Yep.

  53. MintKat

    MintKatپیش ماه

    *s o b a s i c a l l y t r a c i n g*

  54. jorge cameras lopez1

    jorge cameras lopez1پیش ماه

    México. tapachula ¿IRgos? IRgos

  55. Whatsapp Dominicano

    Whatsapp Dominicanoپیش ماه

    Max flies her was truly and artist

  56. Robert Goodman

    Robert Goodmanپیش ماه

    The Rotoscope patent was later found to have been (theoretically) blown by prior art that was missed in the examination. However, we still know it as rotoscoping because its predecessor didn't make the same splash.

  57. badfeminist

    badfeministپیش ماه

    Lol ghostemane anyone? 🤔👻

  58. Filipson

    Filipsonپیش ماه

    The heil?

  59. Endri Lleshi

    Endri Lleshiپیش ماه

    Ghostemane brought me here

  60. cha5

    cha5پیش ماه

    I wish you could also cover some of the Fleischer Bros Betty Boop and Popeye animated shorts.

  61. Ruiqiu Mai

    Ruiqiu Maiپیش ماه

    Always good to see Cab Calloway and Koko being brought up. I didn’t find out about them until this year even though they’re a part of entertainment history.

  62. Machucando

    Machucandoپیش ماه

    I didn’t know Cab Calloway danced to ghostmane

  63. Art Hoe

    Art Hoeپیش ماه

    the dancing walrus literally looks terrifying I wish I never saw that abomination