How stop motion animation began

How stop motion animation began


This beetle is going into the city to see
his lover. She’s a dancer. But this 1912 film is not just a staggeringly
weird tale of insect infidelity. It’s the true kickoff to a stop motion tradition
that has given us a ton of wildly different movies. But this invention didn’t come from Hollywood. It was made by an obsessive insect collector
in Lithuania who wanted to see insects dance. Stop motion is this combination of simplicity
and very, very tedious work. “Ah f..” An animator arranges objects in poses and
takes a picture. You move the object slightly and take another
picture. Played successively, it looks like motion.” You can tweak the process in a lot of ways
– adding more frames – and more precise movements, will make for a smoother animation. The potential of this illusion of movement
was obvious really quickly, like in 1908’s The Sculptor’s Nightmare, where busts briefly
moved or A Dream of Toyland, likely from the same year, which made toys come alive. But it took a European collector to elevate
it to an artform that changed the movies. Wladyslaw Starewicz was born in Moscow and
bounced around the pre-revolution Russian Empire, ending up in Kaunas – a city in modern
day Lithuania, then called Kovno. Some sources say Starewicz was a Natural History
museum director there (others say he just had a huge insect collection). Either way, he had a problem. As he revealed later, he was commissioned
to make educational films “to show the life of the stag beetles.” He “waited days and days to shoot a battle
between two beetles, but they would not fight with the lights shining on them.” So he started experimenting with making stationary
insects look like they were moving. He started with that stag beetle, which he
called by its scientific name: Lucanus Cervus. The goal was to show its fighting behavior,
but his next insect movie leapt to fiction to tell the tale of Helen of Troy. In 1912, The Cameraman’s Revenge — that
insect infidelity movie — became his most influential early work. See how this artist is actually painting another
beetle? Or how this grasshopper, filming Mr. Beetle’s
affair with a dragonfly, look how his tripod has individual legs. These miniscule touches were everywhere. He said he did it by installing wheels and
strings in each insect, and occasionally replacing their legs with plastic or metal ones. He used black threads to help move them. And it worked. After the Russian Revolution, Starewicz fled
to Paris. He continued making films. By the time he made Frogland, he’d changed
his name from Wladislaw to Ladislas to make it easier to pronounce in French. He continued to make incredibly influential
art — with stop motion — because “actors always want to have their own way.” He had a host of popular films and stop motion
quickly influenced popular art and special effects. Starevich’s stop motion inspired the work
that was done in King Kong. Terry Gilliam — the director and animator
behind the surreal Monty Python stop-motion animations — said Starevich’s The Mascot
was one of the best animated films of all time. And Starevich’s masterpiece, Le Roman de
Renard clearly inspired Wes Anderson’s “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.” This combination of wild invention and obsessive
detail created a new art form. At the end of The Cameraman’s Revenge, the
grasshopper screens the movie he filmed through a keyhole, the one of Mr. Beetle cheating
on his wife. She hits him with an umbrella. The movies changed forever. The beetles spent the night in jail. That’s it for this one in this series about
big changes to movies that came from outside Hollywood. Stop motion’s a really global form, so I
want to know some of your favorite examples in the comments. I also want to leave you with a testimony
to Starevich’s work, which is that in some of the early reviews, people were very very
impressed with how well he had “trained” his beetles to move around, and I honestly
don’t know if they were joking.

Ant-Man Stop Motion: The Black Ant Director’s Cut

Ant-Man Stop Motion: The Black Ant Director’s Cut


Hey, Rob, didn’t you scan out the new tech in 3B? [ON THE EARPIECE] Nah, I never got to… These boys are scooting out an apartment building of a deadman… …which is probably why they’re sending off these pieces from Pym’s old design warehouses that Darren Cross guy used to have… The junkie must’ve worked there. Well, hurry up, do your job, and take over my shift. It’s getting cold down here, and I don’t like the smell of this place. Seems like the rest of the night’ll be quiet, though. [ON THE EARPIECE] Quit your whining, Perry, you’re only guarding a darn suit. How hard could it get? ‘A suit made by the good guys’… …yeah, sounds like the best way to get a lawsuit ’cause of stealing from a billion dollar company. [ON THE EARPIECE] That’s fantastic. As if Captain America isn’t already busy enough taking out our other men at that New York location we got. Besides, what’re the chances that another Avenger’s gonna turn up in San Francisco? We’re a secret…no one’s gonna find us here. Captain America? Wait, for real? [FOOTSTEPS] Rob, hang on a second, will ya? Hey, what do you think you’re doing here, huh? [GUNSHOT] [BODY FALLS] [WEAPON UNSHEATHES] [BLAST SOUNDS] [ON THE EARPIECE] Hey, Perry, you there? Hey! Requesting a unit to storage 3B by the loading station… Right. Now. [SCI-FI DOOR CLOSES] [SHRINKING] [BATROC GROANS] [BATROC GRUNTS] [PROJECT422 FILMS INTRO] [SPIDERKNIGHT413 INTRO] [ARKHAMANIMATIONS INTRO] [MUSIC BY FYROSAND MUSIC COMPOSER] [VOICEOVER] Mommy? Is daddy a bad man? No. Daddy just gets confused sometimes, you know? Alright, Hank, I’m gonna need the location of where the tech is being held. [ON THE EARPIECE] HYDRA Labs, Scott. Be careful. I’m only worried about being stepped on because of the way HYDRA men march. Other than that, I’m good. Hank, there’s someone here! [ON THE EARPIECE] That’s impossible. Well, he’s there, wearing purple and yellow spandex… …and he doesn’t look like a friendly. [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott listen to me… Whatever you do, don’t confront him! I’m sure saying, ‘hi’ won’t hurt right? [FUZZY CONNECTION] I’m telling you don’t. Um, uh, what was that, Hank? You’re cutting off… …signal seems poor. [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott! Hank? Hello, hi? Damn it. [SCOTT GASPS] [CLANG] Wait a minute… Hey! Stop! [BATROC GROANS] [BATROC GRUNTS] [BATROC GETS OOFED] Thank you! Hank, I got the serum–and you got disconnected. [BATROC GROANS] Come on, guys! [BATROC GRUNTS] [SCOTT GROANS] [BATROC GROANS] [BATROC YELPS] [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott! Are you there?! Hank, I got it. I got the serum. [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott, I did some research… …and it looks like the man in there is Georges Batroc. He’s gone up against Captain America before… Nothing but bad news. Yeah, I kinda got the idea… [ON THE EARPIECE] It was a good call bringing the shrink tech, but hurry… …the effect doesn’t last long. Uh oh. [BATROC GRUNTS] [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott, he created a suit of his own. One which clearly does similar things to the Ant-Man suit. I can see that. What’s he saying? [ON THE EARPIECE] I don’t speak French, but I’m pretty sure that means something bad. I’ll try to talk to him… [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott, don’t. Don’t worry, I learned a few words watching TV. Hi, um… Uh… Scott, yes! Ehm, uh… I speak English. Oh. Hi, I- I’m Scott. Just wondering if you’d let me take the serum to my good pal, Hank… ..he’ll bring it back, and we’ll be set. Sorry, but I need it! [BATROC GRUNTS] Alright, guys, help me up! [BATROC GRUNTS] [CARPENTER ANT BUZZES IN AGONY] [BATROC GROANS IN ANNOYANCE] [BATROC GROWS] [BATROC GRUNTS] [BATROC GETS OOFED AGAIN] [BATROC GRUNTS] [BATROC GROANS] [CARPENTER ANT BUZZES] [These unemployed Good Samaritans are like ‘wtf’?] We’re on his tail. [BATROC GRUNTS] [ANT-MAN GETS OOFED] [CARPENTER ANT GETS OOFED TOO] [BATROC LAUGHS] Hank, we lost him. Hank, the suit’s acting weird. [ON THE EARPIECE] What did Batroc do?! He swatted me. What should I do? [ON THE EARPIECE] You’re the one who mastered engineering. Scott, you need to think of something. Can you help me? What are you doing, anyways? [ON THE EARPIECE] I can’t believe I’m saying this… …but I’m working with Stark. The Iron Man?? On what?! [ON THE EARPIECE] Something small… I’ll acknowledge you about the subject, when you’ve fixed the suit. Hank, I don’t know how to fix it. I can’t fix it! [ON THE EARPIECE] Wh- what, uh, s- sorry, ah, y- you- you’re breaking off, uh… …you can fix it? Oh- Okay, cool! T- ta- talk to- you later– Scott. Hank? Hank?! [SCOTT SIGHS] Hank, I fixed the suit. [HELMET MALFUNCTIONS] [SCOTT GROANS AND FALLS] [ON THE EARPIECE] Easier said than done, huh? Pfft, yeah. [ON THE EARPIECE] Well, then I guess it’s time I talked to you about the project I’m working on with Stark. Okay? [ON THE EARPIECE] Georges Batroc. He had the Ant-Man suit. What? How? I have it. [ON THE EARPIECE] No, this is a different suit, Scott. A man named Eric O’Grady held this suit. He died a month ago, and Batroc took it from him. Unfortunately for him, it only runs on Pym Particles. That’s why you saw him stealing the formula today. And, what’s your point? [ON THE EARPIECE] My ant associates retrieved it…and Stark has it under repair. Repair? [ON THE EARPIECE] Georges Batroc doesn’t play around… …he hacked into the suit, and it’s under his control. …only for now, but once we have it, we should be able to play around with it. Why did you call me? [ON THE EARPIECE] For the love of… …put the pieces together, Scott. The suit you have is broken, we have the new suit… This is your suit now! Oh, could’ve been more specific. [ON THE EARPIECE, HANK SIGHS] So, what’s it do other than shrink? [ON THE EARPIECE] That’s what we’re trying to find out… …we’ll be in touch, when it’s finished. [JARVIS] Incoming call. I’ve put it on screen. It’s ready, Hank. [ON THE CALL] The suit? Just like you asked. [STEAM HISSING] Are you seeing it? [ON THE CALL] Wow. That O’Grady kid knows how to make use of technology… …I mean, wow. This is just awesome. How much is it gonna cost me? Oh man, this feels a LOT comfier than the other suit. Just look at it. It’s awesome, it’s- [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott, you have to focus. This suit operates a little bit differently than the original. Sounds fair. Does it have any new additions? [ON THE EARPIECE] As a matter of fact, yes it does… …your helmet has the ability to call out fire-ants out of nowhere. They’re called fire-ants for a reason. They bite you, you burn… Okay, doesn’t seem so bad. [ON THE EARPIECE] …like hell Oh, maybe I’ll just try not to get into physical contact with the fire-ants. [ON THE EARPIECE, HANK LAUGHS] Batroc is not going to be happy. No, no, no, no. This cannot be. NO. [BATROC GROANS IN ANGER] You never underestimate me. [ON THE EARPIECE] Uh, oh. Scott, Batroc just put his own suit to work. I’m going after him. [ON THE EARPIECE] Be careful, you just got the suit. Hank, where is Batroc taking the suit? [ON THE EARPIECE] He’s on the 47th. Head to the Subway station in Main Street. [CARPENTER ANT BUZZES] Hey, Batroc. This is your final stop. [BATROC ANGRILY GROANS] [CROWD GASP] [TIRES SCREECH] [BATROC GRUNTS] Boi, what the heck? [ANT-MAN SCREAMS] Hank, I need to catch up with him. Tell me where the next- Boi, what the heck was that?! [ANT-MAN SHRINKS] [ELECTRICAL BATON BUZZES] [CARPENTER ANT BUZZES] [ON THE EARPIECE] Oh, no, Scott, hurry now! What’s going on? Where did he-? [ON THE EARPIECE] Just go! GO! [lel, why is he so slow? lmao] [don’t worry, dude, you’ll get there.] [BUS DRIVER ON THE PA SYSTEM] [DISTORTED] Final stop, Queens Market. [BUS TIRES SCREECHING] [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott… He’s gone mad… [BUS CRASHES] Batroc, stop! [PYM PARTICLE BURSTS] [THE PORTAL WHIRLS] [INNOCENT CITIZEN YELPS] [WILHELM SCREAM] [BODY THUDS] Everyone, get to cover!! [FOOTSTEPS RUNNING] [yo, lol is that a guy in there? is he dead lmao] [FEET LAND] Stop this madness, Batroc. This portal is too strong to contain me. Even you. You think a small man can stop all this chaos? No. [lmao bruh wut] ahem, that was the other way around… So, be it. [BATROC GRUNTS] [BATROC GROANS] [OOF] [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott, the portal! How do I close it? It’ll shrink anything in its path. [lmao you’re doomed ;)] [ON THE EARPIECE] You need to do the opposite–grow! I don’t like the idea that this is a one time thing. [ON THE EARPIECE] What are you talkin’ about?! This ‘Giant-Man’ idea seems to work just fine. I don’t real– [ON THE EARPIECE] SCOTT, JUST SHUT UP, AND JUMP IN! Jeez, fine. It’s not that easy, since you’re the one who’s NOT doing it. Old ass scientist. [ON THE EARPIECE] WHAT? I’m jumping in! [’cause you’re screwed? xD] Here we go. [GIANT-MAN GROANS] [holy poop] [ELECTRIC BATON BUZZES] [GIANT-MAN YELPS] [SCOTT SCREAMS] Your old suit was better. Well, that suit can’t do this! Huh? [BATROC GASPS] [BATROC ANGRILY GROANS] No, no, no! [BATROC GROANS] No, wait! Don’t! [BATROC GROANS IN AGONY] Let’s get out of here. [CROWD CHEERS] [ON THE EARPIECE] What happened, Scott? He’s gone, Hank. He didn’t realize that shrinking smaller than atomic sizes would make him go subatomic. [ON THE EARPIECE] How’d you get out? I grew the largest possible in the dimension… …defeating any atomic rays shrinking me, or creating an interference. [ON THE EARPIECE] Well done. Well done. [ON THE CALL] Thank you again for the suit! I cannot believe that Iron Man fixed this very helmet that I’m wearing… …and now I’m talking to you! Yep, it’s a pleasure. [ON THE CALL] Dude, I can’t tell you how much I lov- [IRON MAN SIGHS] He was never gonna stop… [Closed Captioning by Project422 Films] I’m sorry, sir… …but, since this vehicle’s a model from 2003, …we no longer carry the proper materials to fix it. Nor do we support your vehicles historic programming. [CRIES] My car… :'( Woah, ehm… This looks…kinda damaged. [LOL wut, “kinda”-?] How did you say it happened again? [SIGHS] It’s a long story… [NEWS REPORT] The so-called, “Ant-Man” has once again been spotted… …he was battling an unknown foe on top of a bus… …spotted in Queens of New York City. [ayeeeeee, look at those headlines]

Neoballs Insects – Sculpting & Stop-Motion (Extended Version)

Neoballs Insects – Sculpting & Stop-Motion (Extended Version)


So Zen Magnets have started doing monthly
contests once again, and this month’s challenge is to make an insect with 432 magnets or less. So I’m going to make six insects and do
a short stop-motion with each. Alright, I’ll be starting out simple with
a lady beetle, or ladybug, or ladybird or the official name which I’ll put on the
screen for you to try to pronounce. I started by making six of these subunits. Which start with a pentagon of radius two,
and then adding a radius one pentagon in the back, misaligned so that it creates a kind
of bubbly effect. I connected five red subunits and a black
one for the head to form a hemi-dodecahedron, or just a dome, whatever suits you. I then added spots by replacing some of the
red magnets on the back with black magnets in a symmetrical pattern. I then added legs in positions where they
would be least likely to connect to each other and also support the weight of the body. And with that, the first insect was complete
with 142 magnets. Alright, next up, a caterpillar. I started by making a cylinder with a diameter
of nine and a length of 32. I pressed in the loop at the end to make a
triangle. I did this for every second loop. Once this was done I could compress the tube
into a thicker more flexible form. I added three sets of legs in the front and
four sets of prolegs in the back, which aren’t true legs apparently. So still an insect. I tapered the end with a ring of six followed
by a ring of three. I tapered the head with a ring of six in a
different alignment and added a magnet to fill the hole. The second insect was now complete with 327
magnets. I could control the curvature of the caterpillar
by decompressing certain parts of the body. I then decided to make a simple tree branch
for the caterpillar to hang off for its metamorphosis. Now to make a butterfly. To begin with the wings I made a cylinder
of diameter six. I then split this cylinder into small subunits
of two rings each. I joined them together to make a sort of hexagonal
lattice. I used 14 of these subunits to make one wing. Using these subunits also adds a natural curve
that can be used to make a large sphere if you go for long enough. By doing the reflected design I made another
wing. They join together in the middle and still
allow for a flapping motion. For the body, I used another cylinder of diameter
six. But this time eight long. It attaches to the bottom of the wings, and
doesn’t restrict the flapping motion too much. I tapered the end with a ring of five followed
by a ring of three. The head is a tiny dodecahedron attached to
the front. Finally, I added some tiny legs that wouldn’t
stick to one another and help to keep the butterfly upright. The third insect was now done with 410 magnets. I then decided to make a hollowed out chrysalis
for the butterfly for to emerge from. Butterflies come from a chrysalis, not a cocoon. So the very hungry caterpillar LIES. Now onto a bee. Starting with the fuzzy part, the thorax. Although it’s a bit hard to represent fuzz
with magnets, so maybe it’s actually a wasp disguising itself as a bee. The abdomen began with a stinger of a four
layer square pyramid. Honey bees die after stinging because the
stinger has barbs that the bee cannot pull out. So it destroys its abdomen in the process. The head and the thorax were made in the same
way. With two pentagons with rings in between. I added a magnet on the top of the head and
a tiny square pyramid mouth. As well as the usual tiny leg stumps to avoid
them sticking to each other. For each wing, I used a radius two hexagon
with a flipped center, then squished the sides to make a wing shape. I then went back and added a lot of yellow
magnets to the head to give the outline of eyes. The fourth insect only took 298 magnets, despite
being somewhat complex. I then decided to make some honeycomb for
the bee to fill up with honey. I also decided to make a flower for the bee
to collect pollen. Now on to the ant. Ants have a similar body shape to bees. This is because they’re part of the same
order of the animal kingdom, along with wasps and sawflies. Many ants still have stingers and some, such
as fire ants, only bite you for grip so they can sting you repeatedly. Here’s the completed thorax and abdomen. The head began with a two layer square pyramid
with two extra magnets on each side to increase the length of those two sides. Two of these were made, and a ring of 10 was
used to connect the two sides of the head. Three magnets were added to the neck to help
connect it to the thorax. Two magnets were added to the front for mandibles,
and two were added to the top for eyes. I decided to make actual legs instead of stumps
like the other insects. So I had to use a metal platform to keep them
apart. I did some research on how ants and other
insects walk. One of their gaits is like two tripods waking
with three legs on the ground at a time. Now the ant was finished with 223 magnets. I propped it up on an angle to get a good
view of the legs. Alright, lucky last, a golden cricket. I started by making a cone with rings of five
through to 12 magnets. I then added 12 more rings of 12 to complete
the cylindrical body. I moved one magnet from the bottom of the
cone to the end. The head was two radius three pentagons stuck
together. One of the pentagons was slightly hollowed
out to save magnets. Each hind leg was made with two lengths of
12 and two lengths of 11 connected in this way. The leg was folded over and four more magnets
were added to the joint. After a leg was attached to the body, five
magnets were used on each foot. Single magnets were added for each middle
leg, and three magnets were used for each front leg. Finally, three magnets were used for each
antenna. Which unfortunately more closely resembles
a grasshopper as crickets often have antennae as long as their bodies. Which as you can imagine might be kind of
problematic with magnets. Although most of the emoji representations
couldn’t get that right either. And with that, the final insect was now complete
with 395 magnets. Click the link in the description to vote
in the contest or see the results. Also vote for your favourite insect in this
video by clicking the card. The sculpting and animation process for all
of these insects was live streamed. So if that sounds like something interests
you, subscribe to my second channel or Twitch for future streams. And I’m not restricting these magnet videos
to just contests, so leave your ideas for what I should make next time in the comments. And if I pick your suggestion, you might just
get some free magnets.

Neoballs Insects – Sculpting & Stop-Motion (Extended Version)


So Zen Magnets have started doing monthly
contests once again, and this month’s challenge is to make an insect with 432 magnets or less. So I’m going to make six insects and do
a short stop-motion with each. Alright, I’ll be starting out simple with
a lady beetle, or ladybug, or ladybird or the official name which I’ll put on the
screen for you to try to pronounce. I started by making six of these subunits. Which start with a pentagon of radius two,
and then adding a radius one pentagon in the back, misaligned so that it creates a kind
of bubbly effect. I connected five red subunits and a black
one for the head to form a hemi-dodecahedron, or just a dome, whatever suits you. I then added spots by replacing some of the
red magnets on the back with black magnets in a symmetrical pattern. I then added legs in positions where they
would be least likely to connect to each other and also support the weight of the body. And with that, the first insect was complete
with 142 magnets. Alright, next up, a caterpillar. I started by making a cylinder with a diameter
of nine and a length of 32. I pressed in the loop at the end to make a
triangle. I did this for every second loop. Once this was done I could compress the tube
into a thicker more flexible form. I added three sets of legs in the front and
four sets of prolegs in the back, which aren’t true legs apparently. So still an insect. I tapered the end with a ring of six followed
by a ring of three. I tapered the head with a ring of six in a
different alignment and added a magnet to fill the hole. The second insect was now complete with 327
magnets. I could control the curvature of the caterpillar
by decompressing certain parts of the body. I then decided to make a simple tree branch
for the caterpillar to hang off for its metamorphosis. Now to make a butterfly. To begin with the wings I made a cylinder
of diameter six. I then split this cylinder into small subunits
of two rings each. I joined them together to make a sort of hexagonal
lattice. I used 14 of these subunits to make one wing. Using these subunits also adds a natural curve
that can be used to make a large sphere if you go for long enough. By doing the reflected design I made another
wing. They join together in the middle and still
allow for a flapping motion. For the body, I used another cylinder of diameter
six. But this time eight long. It attaches to the bottom of the wings, and
doesn’t restrict the flapping motion too much. I tapered the end with a ring of five followed
by a ring of three. The head is a tiny dodecahedron attached to
the front. Finally, I added some tiny legs that wouldn’t
stick to one another and help to keep the butterfly upright. The third insect was now done with 410 magnets. I then decided to make a hollowed out chrysalis
for the butterfly for to emerge from. Butterflies come from a chrysalis, not a cocoon. So the very hungry caterpillar LIES. Now onto a bee. Starting with the fuzzy part, the thorax. Although it’s a bit hard to represent fuzz
with magnets, so maybe it’s actually a wasp disguising itself as a bee. The abdomen began with a stinger of a four
layer square pyramid. Honey bees die after stinging because the
stinger has barbs that the bee cannot pull out. So it destroys its abdomen in the process. The head and the thorax were made in the same
way. With two pentagons with rings in between. I added a magnet on the top of the head and
a tiny square pyramid mouth. As well as the usual tiny leg stumps to avoid
them sticking to each other. For each wing, I used a radius two hexagon
with a flipped center, then squished the sides to make a wing shape. I then went back and added a lot of yellow
magnets to the head to give the outline of eyes. The fourth insect only took 298 magnets, despite
being somewhat complex. I then decided to make some honeycomb for
the bee to fill up with honey. I also decided to make a flower for the bee
to collect pollen. Now on to the ant. Ants have a similar body shape to bees. This is because they’re part of the same
order of the animal kingdom, along with wasps and sawflies. Many ants still have stingers and some, such
as fire ants, only bite you for grip so they can sting you repeatedly. Here’s the completed thorax and abdomen. The head began with a two layer square pyramid
with two extra magnets on each side to increase the length of those two sides. Two of these were made, and a ring of 10 was
used to connect the two sides of the head. Three magnets were added to the neck to help
connect it to the thorax. Two magnets were added to the front for mandibles,
and two were added to the top for eyes. I decided to make actual legs instead of stumps
like the other insects. So I had to use a metal platform to keep them
apart. I did some research on how ants and other
insects walk. One of their gaits is like two tripods waking
with three legs on the ground at a time. Now the ant was finished with 223 magnets. I propped it up on an angle to get a good
view of the legs. Alright, lucky last, a golden cricket. I started by making a cone with rings of five
through to 12 magnets. I then added 12 more rings of 12 to complete
the cylindrical body. I moved one magnet from the bottom of the
cone to the end. The head was two radius three pentagons stuck
together. One of the pentagons was slightly hollowed
out to save magnets. Each hind leg was made with two lengths of
12 and two lengths of 11 connected in this way. The leg was folded over and four more magnets
were added to the joint. After a leg was attached to the body, five
magnets were used on each foot. Single magnets were added for each middle
leg, and three magnets were used for each front leg. Finally, three magnets were used for each
antenna. Which unfortunately more closely resembles
a grasshopper as crickets often have antennae as long as their bodies. Which as you can imagine might be kind of
problematic with magnets. Although most of the emoji representations
couldn’t get that right either. And with that, the final insect was now complete
with 395 magnets. Click the link in the description to vote
in the contest or see the results. Also vote for your favourite insect in this
video by clicking the card. The sculpting and animation process for all
of these insects was live streamed. So if that sounds like something interests
you, subscribe to my second channel or Twitch for future streams. And I’m not restricting these magnet videos
to just contests, so leave your ideas for what I should make next time in the comments. And if I pick your suggestion, you might just
get some free magnets.

Should We All Be Eating Insects?

Should We All Be Eating Insects?


Many people find the very thought of insects
disgusting – especially when they’re in your mouth. But have you ever considered that insects could
be more nutritious, environmentally friendly, and abundant than most other foods? Should we all be eating
insects? Compare 100 g of crickets, to 100 g of chicken,
beef or pork, and you’ll find they have comparable protein content, but crickets are much higher
in essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, zinc and iron. Similarly, insects like mealworms
are low in fat, and contain large amounts of fibre. But, that’s not the only reason to incorporate
them into your diet. Currently there are 1.53 billion hectares of cropland and 3.38 billion hectares
of pastures covering our Earth. Essentially, 38% of the land you see on a map is used for agriculture
and farming. But where it takes 200 square meters of land to grow 1 lb of beef, it only takes 15 square
meters to grow 1lb of crickets. Furthermore, by 2025 its expected that 1.8
billion people will live in areas with little to no fresh water. And yet, 70% of our fresh water sources are
used in agriculture alone! To produce 1 kg of beef it takes 22,000 litres of water, whereas 1 kg of pork
takes 3,500 litres, and 1 kg of chicken takes 2,300 litres. But to make 1 kg of crickets? It only requires
1 litre of water! This is because insects can become fully hydrated just from the food that they eat.
They’re also more digestible – In fact, 80% of a cricket is edible and digestible compared to 50% of a chicken
and 40% of cattle. And its not like our mouths have never tasted
insects before. For every 100g of spinach, 50 small insects like aphids, thrips and mites are
permitted. Peanut butter is allowed to contain roughly 30 insect fragments – such as heads, bodies or legs
– per 100g. And even the hops used to make your favourite beer can contain 250 aphids per 100g. Yup
– your summer beer may be spiked with a little more bug juice than you anticipated. So WHY aren’t we eating insects? They’re actually
consumed in some parts of Asia, Latin America and Africa. In fact, the capital of Congo has
households eating 300 g of caterpillars a week, which is 96 tonnes of caterpillars every year! But much
of the Western world is used to screaming in disgust if they find a bug in their salad! This may be
because western culinary traditions have spawned out of colder climates with less insects, increased
farming and larger animals to eat. As Europeans began to colonize the world, they contextualized bug
eating as savage and primitive because they observed many indigenous people doing it. Little did they
know, bugs are actually extremely nutritious! But while the idea of eating insects may literally
be hard to swallow, as recipes are created, processing technology evolves and our mindsets
adapt, maybe insects will become the superfood of the future. Look out greek yogourt and kale! There
are some new kids in town. We actually challenged ourselves to chomp
down on some bugs, try out a few recipes, and eat things like cookies and snack bars using insect flour,
in our latest AsapTHOUGHT video. We also discuss the role and potential for insects in helping to solve
world hunger. Make sure to click the screen or the link in the description below to check it out! And subscribe for more weekly science videos!