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Suzy Snowflake Stop Motion Chicago Kids 1953

December 19, 2012 by  

Suzy Snowflake Stop Motion Chicago Kids 1953, SUZY SNOWFLAKE (Song Lyrics):

Here comes Suzy Snowflake
Dressed in a snow white gown
Tap, tap, tappin’ at your window pane
To tell you she’s in town
Here comes Suzy Snowflake
Soon you will hear her say
“Come out ev’ryone and play with me
I haven’t long to stay
If you want to make a snowman
I’ll help you make one, two, three
If you wanna take a sleigh ride
The ride’s on me.”
Here comes Suzy Snowflake
Look at her tumblin’ down
Bringing joy to every girl and boy
Suzy’s come to town

“Suzy Snowflake” is a popular Christmas song written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett, made famous by Rosemary Clooney in 1951 and released as a 78 RPM record by Columbia Records, MJV-123. This cartoon-short is the historic Chicago Kids TV Christmas video, Suzy Snowflake, based upon the song was also made in 1951 by Centaur Productions where the stop-motion animation was created by Wah Ming Chang. It was shown during the Christmas season on WGN-TV in Chicago, along with another production by Centaur, “Hardrock, Coco and Joe”.

Stop-motion (stop-action or frame-by-frame) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Clay figures are often used in stop-motion for their ease of repositioning. Stop-motion animation using clay is described as clay animation or clay-mation.

Stop-motion animation has a long history in film. Of the forms already mentioned, object animation is the oldest, then direct manipulation animation, followed (roughly) by sequential drawings on multiple pages, which quickly evolved into cel animation, with clay animation, pixilation, puppet animation, and time-lapse being developed concurrently next. The first instance of the stop-motion technique can be credited to Albert E. Smith and J. Stuart Blackton for The Humpty Dumpty Circus (1898), in which a toy circus of acrobats and animals comes to life. In 1902, the film, Fun in a Bakery Shop used clay for a stop-motion “lightning sculpting” sequence. French trick film maestro Georges Méliès used it to produce moving title-card letters for one of his short films, but never exploited the process for any of his other films. The Haunted Hotel (1907) is another stop-motion film by James Stuart Blackton, and was a resounding success when released. Segundo de Chom?n (1871-1929), from Spain, released El Hotel eléctrico later that same year, and used similar techniques as the Blackton film. In 1908, A Sculptor’s Welsh Rarebit Nightmare was released, as was The Sculptor’s Nightmare, a film by Billy Bitzer. French animator Emil Cole impressed audiences with his object animation tour-de-force, The Automatic Moving Company in 1910.

One of the earliest clay animation films was Modelling Extraordinary, which dazzled audiences in 1912. December 1916, brought the first of Willie Hopkin’s 54 episodes of “Miracles in Mud” to the big screen. Also in December 1916, the first woman animator, Helena Smith Dayton, began experimenting with clay stop-motion. She would release her first film in 1917, Romeo and Juliet .

In the ’60s and ’70s, independent clay animator Eliot Noyes Jr. refined the technique of “free-form” clay animation with his Oscar-nominated 1965 film Clay or the Origin of Species and He Man and She Bar (1972). Noyes also used stop-motion to animate sand laying on glass for his musical animated film Sandman (1975). Sand-coated puppet animation was used in the Oscar-winning 1977 film The Sand Castle, produced by Dutch-Canadian animator Co Hoedeman.

SUZY SNOWFLAKE Bringing joy to ev’ry girl and boy! On December 28, 1953, Chicago area kids were introduced to the whimsical story of Suzy Snowflake “tap, tap, tappin'” on every windowpane, seen on Garfield Goose and Friends then on WBBM-TV. Like Hardrock, Coco and Joe, Suzy too was brought to life by the stop-motion animators of Centaur Productions. Norma Zimmer was Suzy’s voice and the song was sung by The Norman Luboff Choir, a premier studio group who recorded with well-known artists, such as Frank Sinatra and Harry Belafonte.

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