Stop Motion Animation is one of the most classic forms of animation that has been enjoyed by people for decades. Although stop motion takes time, it is not difficult to do and technology, such as YouTube and apps, has made it easier than ever to create and share such animated creations. Hence, stop motion animation is becoming an increasingly popular hobby among children and adults alike and a company called StikBot is helping to foster this newfound creative hub by creating products that are intended to be used for stop motion animation. StikBot was created in 2015 by Zing Global Ltd., a toy company for active kids and active minds. According to the official description:
With StikBot’s ability to mimic human motion, StikBot can be whatever you want; from the mischievous little critter that loves to steal your candy, to the break-dancing phenomenon who can’t help but bust a move—The creativity starts with YOU. StikBot is the star of the show! Find StikBot at a store near you and download the free mobile app, Stikbot Studios, for iOS and Android. You can then shoot your own stop motion videos starring StikBot. Everywhere becomes a stage for StikBot!
SkitBots are cute figures that resemble robots. They come in eight colors–orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, purple, pink and white–and can be easily positioned in numerous poses. Moreover, they gave suction cups attached to their arms and feet which make it easy for them to attach to various surfaces such as television screens, refrigerators and windows. Stikbots are very cute which makes them appealing as desk decorations or general playthings–hence, they will hold appeal to a wide age range. However, the people who will most enjoy Stikbots are their target audience–stop motion animators.
Stikbots are, simply stated, a stop motion animators dream come true. Whilst many objects can be used in this kind of animation, Stikbots move fluidly and stay in place making them dreams to work with. They can be positioned in various poses which makes it easy for one’s imagination to run wild–have them climb a mountain or do gymnastics; take on dinosaurs or tightropes; if you can dream it up then Stikbots will make it easy for you to find a way to animate it.
Stikbots are absolutely fabulous tools of animation and they can be used in conjunction with any stop motion animation program–like the incredible “TimeLapse” app. However, the company that produces Stikbots–Zing–has gone a step further and created their own stop motion animation app. The StikBot app is incredibly well designed with built in features such as grids, timers and even sound effects/music. Although intended for StikBots, it’s ideal for any kind of stop motion video.
Moreover, the Zing Company is deeply dedicated to the fostering of creativity by promoting artists and animators to share the videos that they have made with Stikbots. In fact, the website even hosts contests and awards prizes to videos that are voted the most creative. It is the nurturing of artistic talent that truly makes this company standout. As a fairly new addition to the toy world, it will be interesting to see how Zing progresses in the future–a future that certainly looks very bright and promising.
Overall, I give Stikbots 5 out of 5 stars and strongly recommend them to anyone who creates stop motion animation. I also urge animators to visit Zing’s website and take part in the vibrant community that they are fostering. In short, this is a company to keep note of and expect fantastic items and opportunities from in the years to come.
To watch a video about how to use the StikBot app, see here. To learn more visit the Stikbot website, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.