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My 7 year old brother loves Star wars, so when I saw this book I thought it would make a great christmas present for him. I was slightly unsure because i'm not really into Star Wars myself but he loved it. To be honest, even I thought it was great when it got here. Before I get too far into the review I should answer the question that's probably on everyone's lips: What IS scanimation?
It is a very clever technique which uses jumbled images and a black and white piece of clear plastic to make it look as though the picture is moving. It is used in this book to bring some of the best Star wars scenes to life.
The book cost me £6.15 from amazon, reduced from £10.99. It's still reduced so if you're interested, now is the time to buy ;)
I wasn't sure exactly what to expect but when it arrived I was more than impressed. I really couldn't believe how such motion was possible from a book. It's hard to put it into words, all I can say is you will be amazed if you buy it.
On opening the book you will see a scene from Star wars episode one: The phantom menace, featuring Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi dualling. This is accompanied by a quote: 'At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge.'
Turn over to see Jango Fett using his blaster against Obi Wan Kenobi in a scene from Star Wars Episode II Attack of the clones. This is also accompanied by a quote: 'I'm just a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.
The book features 11 of the most iconic Star wars scenes, each accompanied by a quote. My brother loved it as a christmas present, so much that he stopped opening his presents for long enough to have a proper look through the whole book, and any of you who have ever seen a 7 year old on christmas day will know how unusual that is! My step dad is another star wars fan and he thought the book was great.
Overall I think it's great for star wars fans. It's unbelievable the way it brings the scenes to life just by turning pages. And for £6.15 it's definitely a bargain! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes starwars and it gets 5 stars from me.
Scanimation is magical ...
Scanimation is a wonderful blend of technology and tradition ...
Scanimation is bringing the Star Wars Galaxy to life at a bookshop near you ...
~~~ Scanimation ~~~
Scanimation was created and developed by Rufus Butler Seder. The technique uses a patented technology that combines jumbled up artwork and images with a black and white striped piece of clear plastic to create a sense of motion and movement when you look at the image. The end result is a picture that literally comes to life when you turn the page and look at it. And, here's the clever bit, you don't need any special kind of glasses, you don't need to twist your neck to a certain position and you don't need to strain your eyes ... because all you have to do is look at the image and the magic of Scanimation brings it to life !!!
~~~ The Star Wars Scanimation Book ~~~
In the Star Wars Scanimation book Rufus Butler Seder has carefully selected a dozen of the most iconic scenes from the Star Wars Saga and has magically brought them to life using his Scanimation technique.
Open up the book to discover the Millenium Falcon flying towards you as the Death Star explodes in the background, turn the page to watch Luke Skywalker riding a Taun Taun across the icy wastelands of Hoth and prepare to be amazed as yet another turn of the page reveals the dramatic lightsaber duel between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. You literally won't believe your eyes as each new page you look at becomes a miniature movie ...
The Star Wars Scanimation Book has a unique charm. The optical illusions themselves are simply fascinating to look as they are essentially 2-D flat images which have somehow been brought to life. It costs around £10 and is, in my opinion, well worth it as it is a book that is genuinely entertaining and will be something you want to look at time and time again.
~~~ Final Thoughts ~~~
I can remember going to a science museum when I was little and looking at some Victorian "moving picture" lanterns. I was amazed that the faster I moved the wheel the faster the picture moved. I also remember the museum guide explaining to us all that this was the very first "moving image" and would become the idea behind the technology that was later developed into a technique that lead to the very first motion picture being made.
In the Star Wars Scanimation book that same sense of wonder has been well and truly captured ... and you don't even have to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate the magic of this truly innovative book.