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How your kid can make his own stop-animation film

A stop-animation movie by Harrison McKenna and friends

A stop-animation movie by Harrison McKenna and friends Credit: Handout

"The Kool-Aid Potion" is my 8-year-old son Harrison's latest stop-animation movie. With its wicked music, out-there plot, handmade models (he made the ninja pictured) and dramatic voice-overs -- not to mention really cool vintage cameo by the Kool-Aid Man -- I think my boy's got a future in animation. (You can watch the one-minute movie by clicking here.)

OK, maybe it's only a movie a mother could love. And maybe he really can't take all the credit -- he conceived the short with another boy in the class. And, it must be said, the teacher for the Town of Huntington weekend class really has to take credit for actually producing the short.

But Harrison is really, really proud of his work, and that thrills me.

This is Harrison's second animation class. And this weekend, he's starting his third -- and there's room in the class for your child, too.

The Long Island Motion Picture Arts Center & Museum is offering the children's animation workshop at Huntington's Cinema Arts Centre, where participants will make their own movies. The three-class course from 10:30 a.m. to noon starting May 26 will teach children 5 to 13 all about line-drawing animation, stop-animation and special effects. The $75 tuition includes equipment and material needed for the course.

Registration is open until the course starts Saturday. Call 800-838-3006 or click here to register.


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