Hi all, so I'm Jon the creator of the YouTube channel called That 70's Kid and his Toys. As the channel name says, I was a kid in the 70's and now as an adult I’m still as much of a kid who loves cartoons and stop motion animations.
I made the channel 2 years ago as a way of showcasing my animations and for me to see how I can improve on my techniques; I like to think in that time I have learnt a lot and improved. I love watching other animators work especially behind the scenes videos as I am always learning how to improve my animations.
Most of my videos are Brickfilms because as a kid I loved playing with Lego, so it’s great now to be able to make those little plastic guys come alive. I have recently made a couple of videos using plasticine, as another of my childhood heroes was a plasticine guy called Morph. I used to watch him on a programme called Take Hart which was all about drawing, painting and all kinds of art.
So a few months ago I made a couple of Morph stop motion animations to enter into a competition, it was the first time using plasticine to animate with and whilst is does give more motion in animation it also becomes soft and loses its shape quite quickly. So I made several morphs (6 in total) so when one became too soft or started losing its shape I swapped it out for another.
There were loads of great entries which is why it came as a big shock when I saw that I had won, as well as getting the Golden Morph trophy, what really made it for me was seeing Peter Lord (co-creator of Aardman animations) talk about my videos – a dream come true!
Over the years I have always preferred creative jobs and have been lucky enough to have worked as Graphic Designer, model maker at a few film studios and now a full-time wedding photographer. I also have 3 young children which keep me busy so I don't get as much time as I would like to make LEGO stop motion animations. But who knows one day my channel may take off and allow me to make YouTube videos as a job.
As well as making stop motion videos I have also done a few behind the scenes videos showing how I make my animations which I hope are of use to some people. Pop over to my channel to have a look at what I do and if you have any questions or if there is anything you would like to see on my channel just ask.
--- This article was written by Jon, the man behind That 70's Kid and His Toys. You can find his YouTube channel here --
--- You can find out more about Morph and any upcoming Morph competitions here ---