Make a Flip-Book Cartoon

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Flip Book Cartoon
Total Time 1 to 2 hours Ages school-age

Grab some Post-it notes, some index cards, or an old paperback with wide margins and see if you have what it takes to make it in Toon Town. Bonus — there's no need to rewind!

What you'll need

  • Post-it notes, index cards, or an old paperback with wide margins
  • Pencil
  • Markers or other drawing tools

How to make it

  1. Beginners should keep things simple. Stick figures, ants, or bouncing balls can all be worthy flip-book stars.

  2. Make a Flip Book - Step 2

    Draw your scenes as close to the unbound edge as possible so the action is easy to see when the pages are flipped.

  3. Make gradual changes from frame to frame. The more similar each frame is to the previous, the smoother the action in the final movie. (To tell a long story, use the margins of an old paperback so you'll have hundreds of frames to work with.)

  4. When drawing, push down hard with your pencil to create an indentation on the next frame. Use this as a guide to help you reproduce parts of your movie that don't change, like background scenery.

  5. Ideally, there should be some twist to your story to give it drama, as in the abbreviated samples here.

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