The Pixar Zoetrope

The zoetrope is an old device that simulates movement of static images. Typically, one places a sheet of paper with slightly different images in the cylindrical zoetrope, gives the zoetrope a spin and then looks through slats on the zoetrope to see a moving image. The people at Pixar have created their own three dimensional version of a zoetrope using statues of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and other characters from the Toy Story films. With a little help from a strobe light, it looks like the gang from Andy’s room have come to life. Up director Peter Docter explains how it all works in this video.


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