Today I had my first Animation and Character tutorial. We started off by looking at zoetropes, which were the very beginnings of animation, created in the 19th century as an optical illusion toy, long before video cameras and the animation we know today. We created mini zoetropes of our own - I made a little raincloud sequence (below).
Here is a video of my zoetrope animation in action. Its not that easy to make out but you can get the basic idea of it. I think on a larger scale it would work better.