Well, now you and the kids get to do it at the Leonardo in a Members’ Event on Saturday, September 21, from 8-10 a.m. Participants will also be taught a little about the “persistence of vision” phenomenon by making your own thaumatrope or even prepare to make your own film at our stop motion stations by sketching out story boards. Members can also create flip books in Render to experience your own animation.
For those of you that don’t know what thaumatrope is (including me till I looked it up)…It is a toy that was popular in Victorian times. A disk or card with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to combine into a single image due to the phi phenomenon and persistence of vision.
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Examples of common thaumatrope pictures include a bare tree on one side of the disk, and its leaves on the other, or a bird on one side and a cage on the other. They often also included riddles or short poems, with one line on each side. Thaumatropes were one of a number of simple, mechanical optical toys that used persistence of vision. They are recognized as important antecedents of cinematography and in particular of animation.at don’t know what thaumatrope is (including me till I looked it up). It is is a toy that was popular in Victorian times. A disk or card with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to combine into a single image due to the phi phenomenon and persistence of vision.
We asked Digital Commons Manager Micah Larsen about the event. “Saturday Morning Cartoons at The Leo is a chance for our members to come and relive some nostalgia and learn about animation in the process! We’re encouraging people to come in their PJ’s or even to dress up as their favorite characters from Saturday morning cartoons!
“We’re planning on having a cold cereal breakfast bar that our head chef Zanetta will be putting together. So I’m sure it will be scrumptious! In addition to this, we’ll be hosting several activities that all revolve around animation; storyboarding, making thaumatropes, and creating your own flip books! And if you dress up or wear your PJs you have the option of entering to win a prize pack!”
Larsen said he’s particularly excited about the cartoons on Saturday. “I always loved Saturday morning cartoons as a kid and I’m excited to see people get into the action. On top of this, I think I’m even more excited to see what people come up with for the activities we’ll be hosting.”
No RSVP is required for members. The Leonardo is at 209 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, or you can visit or call 801.531.9800 for more information.