We had a blast at the Tribeca Film Festival Family Day in New York City. The organizers invited us to come to the event prepared to teach young people how to animate. They provided the tent and technology, we provided the know how and buckets of clay and eyeballs.
The response was almost overwhelming. If we are invited back next year (and they have just enthusiastically done so) we will deputized more Animation Chefs. We could have used at least three more people to help us handle the volume of kids who are interested in animating and uploading their creations to share with the world.
Youngsters as young as three years old, up to youngsters as old as adults were busy making all sorts of creations out of modeling clay. We had three iPads, three Apple TVs, and three flatscreens to display and enjoy each animation as it came out of the iPad ovens.
We hope you all get out an iPad or some kind of smartphone, and animate something to send to someone you think would like it. Let's add animating to the list of tweeting, texting, photosharing, and video sharing we already do. It can be so much fun to surprise your loved ones with a custom animated message.