Definition - What does Clay Animation mean?
Clay animation is also known as claymation.
Techopedia explains Clay Animation
Clay animation has many benefits. It preserves a unique authentic look for physical animation. It can also be done with limited resources. However, one of its disadvantages is the labor-intensive process of repositioning clay objects between frames. Industry experts estimate that a 30-minute clay animation video contains thousands of frames, each of which requires small tweaks to the physical clay models.
Even though CGI and virtual or digital animation have largely taken over from physical animation, clay animation still exists and is used for some kinds of projects. For example, smaller studios without access to virtual animation tools may use clay animation. Some projects may use it as a retro or artistic choice. In some cases, designers combine clay animation with high-tech computer animation tools.