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Pixilation (from pixilated) is a technique where real actors are used in an animated film, by repeatedly posing while one or more frame is taken and changing pose slightly before the next frame or frames. Thus the actor becomes a kind of living stop motion puppet.

The first film to use the pixilation technique is Jobard ne peut pas voir les femmes travailler (Jobard can't see women working) from Emile Courtet in 1911.

Other examples include the Canadian short film Neighbours, and the music videos for "Road to Nowhere" by Talking Heads and "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel.

This is not the same as pixelization where an image is blurred by displaying part or all of it at a lower resolution.

Pixilated also means affected by pixies, or bewitched (a pixie is a kind of sprite or elf), and in British usage is a synonym for being intoxicated by alcohol.

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Last updated: 10-24-2004 05:10:45