This page lists books and resources for using animations to inspire imaginative story writing by children and adolescents. Topics include:

  • Storytelling and Animation
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • Wallace and Gromit and Clay Animation
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit



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Storytelling and Animation


Walking Avatar gift to the left by Herbert Glamer


Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 10.27.26 AM.pngHumorous Phases of Funny Faces, J. Stuart Blackton, made in 1906, is considered the first animated film

Walt Disney Studios Animation. Before computers, some animated films required 50,000 individual drawings.


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Pixar in a Box: Introduction to Storytelling

Google Upgrades Its Free Kids' Animation App to 3D (January 12, 2017)



Stop Motion Animation


Lego car animation
Lego car animation


The History of Stop Motion--In a Nutshell, Stop Motion Magazine

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The Evolution of Stop Motion, Vimeo

Link to 1933 King Kong re-released film trailer. The movie featured stop-motion animation

Wallace and Gromit
Wallace and Gromit


List of Stop Motion Films from Wikipedia

Computer.pngThe 10 Handiest Apps for Stop Motion Animation

Wallace and Gromit and Clay Animation


Wallace and Gromit Official Website

Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers. Nick Park, Penguin Character Books, 1994

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Nick Park, Price Stern Sloan, 2005

How Does Clay Animation Work?

A History of Clay Animation

1937 Film screenshot
1937 Film screenshot

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Released in 1937, it was the earliest Disney animated feature film


20 Fun Facts about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on its 80th Anniversary, eNews (December 21, 2017)

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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (Mickey Mouse Predecessor)

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Starred in 26 black and white silent short movies between 1927 and 1928

First Disney character to generate merchandise: a candy bar and a stencil set

The Unbelievable History of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit


Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 10.27.26 AM.pngTrolley Troubles (1927)