A zoetrope is one of several pre-film animation devices that produce the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of drawings or photographs showing progressive phases of that motion. The definitive version, with easily replaceable picture strips, was introduced as a toy by Milton Bradley in 1866 and became very successful.
The name zoetrope was composed from the Greek root words ζωή zoe, “life” and τρόπος tropos, “turning” as a transliteration of “wheel of life”.
I experienced the effect of a zoetrope at the Pixar expo, it really is magical.
So when I was asked to come up with a concept for ‘permanent experience at the Efteling’ I believed working with a zoetrope could be perfect.
The design process
Creating a storyline, with elements of Station Oost, like the monkeys and the travellers. Interaction design, working with music. Finding the perfect location, which became sort of hidden in the bagage depot of the Station. Also 3d modelling, printing and colouring off all the unique elements of the zoetrope.
The zoetrope was officially opened in June 2016 at Station Oost, next to the Python.
Co- created with the design department of the Efteling
Production – Next Empire & Klaas – Harm de Boer
3d modelling and interaction – Klaas-Harm Boer