Stop motion war

Filed under: Activities: Babies, Toys, That's Entertainment

I'm certainly not a fan of war or combat and I would never let my kids play with the classic green plastic army men (even though they've seen them in action in Toy Story), but I still have to say this is a pretty cool use of them. Someone has made a stop-motion (think Wallace and Gromit or Gumby) short film using the toy soldiers.

A group of men are ambushed and a battle ensues. The crawl in and out of foxholes, there are explosions, there is the loss of little green life. I laughed, I cried, I became a new man. Okay, not really. It's just a cool bit of fun, but it is pretty creative. It also shows what even a kid can do with next to nothing, given today's technology. A digital camcorder or webcam and a computer is all you really need -- plus some army men (or playdough or what-have-you).

If your kids want to give it a bash, I found this site which has a lot of info on how to get started. If you just want to know more about the art and its history, check out the Wikipedia entry.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.