Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

The Phonotrope (formerly the Phonographantasmascope)

This Phonotrope video (which picks up at about 40 seconds) is by the fascinating Jim Le Fevre,” a BAFTA and British Animation Award winning free-lance film maker mostly working in animation” who experiments with (what he calls a) phonotrope, or a camera and a record player. From Jim:

In March 2007 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London we hosted an evening of animation related events which I took as an opportunity to make some more examples of my Phonographantasmascope (which he’s since renamed a phonotrope), an extension of the Zoetrope principle.

It is all live action and works by using the shutter speed of the camera rather than the rather irritating stroboscope methods other 3D Zoetropes use. 

Watch the little guys passing the cube around, as well as the red and white pins “kissing.” Really brilliant. Be sure to check out Le Fevre’s site for more videos.

There are more zoetrope videos on this site.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.