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Video about making cutout animation, in Spanish with English subtitles

Cutout animation is a form of stop-motion animation using flat characters, props and backgrounds cut from materials such as paper, card, stiff fabric or even photographs. The props would be cut out and used as puppets for stop motion. The world's earliest known animated feature films were cutout animations (made in Argentina by Quirino Cristiani)[1], as is the world's earliest surviving animated feature.[citation needed]

Today, cutout-style animation is frequently produced using computers, with scanned images or vector graphics taking the place of physically cut materials. South Park is a notable example of the transition since its pilot episode was made with paper cutouts before switching to computer software.

More complex figures depicted in cutout animation, such as in silhouette animation, often have joints made with a rivet or pin or, when they are made on a computer, an anchor. These connections act as mechanical linkage, which have the effect of a specific, fixed motion.

Other notable examples include Blue's Clues, Angela Anaconda and, more recently, Charlie and Lola. One of the most famous animators still using traditional cutout animation today is Yuri Norstein. ZD productions uses mostly Cutout stop motion like in the Marshmallow the Kitten shorts. .


For more examples, see the list of stop-motion films.

Feature filmsEdit

An example of cutout animation, produced at the UK's National Media Museum

Other (short)Edit


  1. ^ Bendazzi, Giannalberto. "Quirino Cristiani, The Untold Story of Argentina's Pioneer Animator". Animation World Network. Animation World Network. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  2. ^ Armen Boudjikanian (February 26, 2008). "Early Japanese Animation: As Innovative as Contemporary Anime". Frames Per Second Magazine. Retrieved 2008-05-05. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ The Miracle of Flight on YouTube
  4. ^ McLaren, Norman (1958). "Le merle". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 2009-08-31.
  5. ^ Malbus Moma (2015-11-25), Terry Gilliam explains Monty Python animations, retrieved 2019-07-23