Claymation Tribute To Nanny (My Grandmother)

Nanny Reading The Bible
Nanny Reading The Bible | Source

This is a claymation cartoon I created with assistance from my significant other and daughter as a tribute to my 95 year-old grandmother or as we have always called her, "Nanny."
Nanny has supported not just me but many of my relatives throughout their lives.

She had seven children the youngest being my father. We grew up all as a very close family and extended family and each of her children went on to have large families and many of her grandchildren now also have families on their own. Counting her children and spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spouses we are talking about many, many people connected to her. We all owe her a great deal and so we decided to do this for her.

She helped raise each one of my brothers and was always a great help to my parents. We used to go to her home from elementary school for lunch and at one time even lived in the upstairs of her home for a couple years while our father finished building our family home in the country.

I wrote the script and we shot scenes using a kitchen from one of our other claymation cartoons as well as creating a new set for a living room / dining room. We created a Nanny character and also a boy and young lady for use in this cartoon. We had fun as a family making it and incorporated many humorous little bits so that we could help Nanny smile or possibly laugh!

This stop-motion / claymation cartoon was shot one picture at a time slowly moving the characters and then each picture strung together to make up scenes.

Nanny Knitting
Nanny Knitting | Source

We used a Panasonic GS-500 video camera set to take half second exposures without a flash for the pictures and just a normal living room overhead lamp for lighting. We put the video together in Adobe Premiere and added our own sounds and voices. sound was edited in Audacity, which is a free program for anyone taking notes.

So sit back and enjoy our claymation tribute to Nanny! Click the video at the top of this article to view it!

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michiganman567 profile image

michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

That is pretty impressive. It looks like it takes a lot of work and patience


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ithabise 4 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

Great job! This is the stuff that matters most. I've done something of this kind before. It outlives you and means much to so many others. My favorite part was when the boy kinda slithered into the kitchen (sorry) and fell in the floor. I laughed out loud! It just looked funny. But I really enjoyed this...and I'm sure Nanny does too. Kudos!


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tyra marieza 4 years ago from Atlanta Georgia

this was cute, sort of reminiscent of the "Davey and Goliath" cartoons I loved so much as a child.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

michiganman567 - it does take a lot of time, creating the characters, set, props then putting the video together doing voice overs and sound. It was worth it though once Nanny sees it she will be happy and so will I.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

ithabise - ha ha, yeah I know I got a little lazy making the claymation boy walk, I normally would make them do steps but it really wrecks the clay body sometimes. Have to constantly remold. Toward the end I was glad it was done. But overall I like it, sure Nanny will :)


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ithabise 4 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

Oh, she hasn't seen it! Please update us. It was really fun for us readers; I know she's gonna laugh for you.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Hey, great job. Creative and awesome. You really must love your nanny. She must have been a wonderful person. Your very lucky. Hats off to your nanny too. Wonderful tribute. Voted up.

You know I just noticed a tiny little thing, you may want to correct. We is in one line and the rest of the sentence has just gone down in the fifth para.


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calico Stark 4 years ago from Earth for the time being

Love it! Vote up! Very awesome!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

tyra marieza - I used to watch Davey & Goliath too, small word, well at least my cartoon is being compared to a professional production. I know it isn't perfect though, I'll have to kind of perfect the craft a little more on my next one.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

ithabise - no she hasn't seen it yet, she doesn't really go online or even have a computer so I knew it'd be ok to put it up online. I'll keep you updated though and let you know what she thinks of starring in a claymation cartoon :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

ithabise - thanks fixed the we. Nanny is a great person for sure it was great to be able to make this claymation cartoon for her, a little painstaking but she worth it :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

calico Stark - Always gladd to get a good vote up, happy you liked our claymation Nanny cartoon :)


gogogo 4 years ago

loved the cartoons, great article


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alipuckett 4 years ago

This is really sweet. It definitely put a smile on my face this morning. I hope Nanny gets to see and enjoy this someday soon!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

What a wonderful tribute, and of course, you get big kudos for going through the technical effort required to make even such a short animation. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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hecate-horus 4 years ago from Rowland Woods

Love this! Nanny's are wonderful.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

very cute. Voted up and awesome.


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BEAUTYBABE 4 years ago from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA.

You must love your Nanny very much. You have done such a beautiful and lasting tribute to her. I'm sure she will love it when she finally gets to see it as it will show her just how special she is to you. She may even like have an image of her portrayed in a claymation cartoon.I'm sure it was painstaking but as you said "she was worth it".

It really made me think about my own grandmothers who were very dear to me as well. I started having memories of my time with them also. Thanks for that. Pam x


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

gogogo - we did our best capture Nanny in Clay for the cartoon, thanks for commenting :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

alipuckett - she will for sure and I'll update the comments to let everyone know what Nanny thinks of being made into a claymation character in a cartoon :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

alocsin - thanks for the vote up and the beutiful on our Nanny claymation cartoon and article, we did our best :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

hecate-horus - your right Nannies are great, we are happy to have her around at 95 years old!


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Absolutely fascinating -- how fortunate your family is to have Nanny and what a wonderful tribute to her. Definitely voted UP. Best, Sis


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is so sweet. I love the tribute and it is one I am sure pleases Nanny. I don't know how you made such small muffins but they are adorable in the set. Great hub.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Angela Blair - thanks a bunch, we are fortunate, I am glad she is still around for us :) Thanks for commeting.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

writer20 - thanks for the vote up, your grrreat!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

BEAUTYBABE - thanks for the comments, we do love Nanny dearly and are very happy she is still with us after all these years. I'm glad that it brings back good memories for you of your own grandmother, thanks again for commenting :)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Wonderful and awesome tribute to Nanny! Voted up!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Gypsy Rose Lee - Nanny is a very special lady in all of our lives and she deserves a tribute. She deserves a lot more but I do what I can so, we'll see how she likes it soon :)


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JoshuaThePost 4 years ago from Palace of the Brine

What can I say? You sucked me and and I couldn't escape! Great hub, even better video. I have always had a love for stop animation and you personified many of the reasons why . . . well done man.

Oh, and the part where the kid (I assume is you) fell down? Priceless.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

JoshuaThePost - glad you enjoyed it, I know the boy's walk was kind of rigid before the fall as I was pretty tired that night and was trying to keep him together but I know what you mean his fall made quite a few laugh. That and the burning hand on the muffins, he he.


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Ms57Classic 4 years ago from Massachusetts

I want some banana muffins!! But I'll wait until they cool off..lol Great tribute!!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Ms57Classic - he he, to this day I really enjoy them I think whenever I have one it will remind me of Nanny, but yes waiting until they cool is best for sure :)


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Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Great exhibit of extraordinary talent, thanks for sharing this with us, Cred2


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Credence2 - I often make claymation, this was one special for Nanny but I'm sure there will be more soon :)

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