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The Jetsons - Elroy Meets Orbity AND Juliana - This is our 5 yr olds favorite Jetsons cartoon - Two days before Christmas 2009 she insisted that dad edits her into it. She truly directed every part from creating her lines and having me video her to where to place her videos & pics and even what to write, how and where. She even said "use the balloons to go from one scene to another" WOW, kids today :-)
Dad did a quick PIP edit on very short notice & here it is as an example / idea for other parents who want to entertain their kids while teaching them something new (edit them into their favorite cartoon or movie) -
Mom and dad also made her a 4 foot tall Rosie Robot and a little Orbity doll for Christmas. - She was so happy that she cried - for real !!!!!!! It was the first time she ever cried when getting a gift - Old fashioned heirloom toys are still made by hand and with love by mom and dad - (You can see the video of that at the end of Part 3).
The only other gift she ever used A LOT was the indoor tripod swing set dad made her so she could get exercise during the winter months (search YouTube for Tripod Swing Set to see how to make one but remember to keep safety foremost in mind).
This year she told Santa she only wanted 3 candy canes for Christmas (1 for mom, 1 for dad & 1 for her) and that she had enough toys (watch our YouTube video "Merry Christmas 2009 from Mark Danielle & Little Juliana" to see it all for yourself).
*** I put a video of her (total excitement) when she saw her HOMEMADE Jetsons gifts this Christmas at the end of Part 3. Mom is working on a doll and / or cut out for every Jetsons character. It is still the little things from the heart that really count :-)
These handmade one of a kind items (that no store has) make REAL heirloom gifts that your child can pass on to their children. Try it and see the results in your child's eyes and their thirsty little sponge like minds :-)
How To - Video Information:
As you can tell, this was a quick and simple editing job that illustrates what any parent can do with minimal gear.
I used our Sony Cybershot camera to capture the video directly from the TV (computer monitor in this case but we can send the signal to our TV as well). The up side is it is very quick and easy to do. The down side is that you get scrolling dark lines in the video unless you match the frames per second (Google how to do that). I wanted this video to look like it does to illustrate that point).
There are many free editing programs but you want PIP (picture in picture) and / or Chroma Key (green or blue screen) if possible (which I decided not to use here). Pinnacle Studio is an somewhat inexpensive software for normal PCs with this included.
Then just add your videos and pics of your child. With more time you can take pics or video of them looking in different directions or saying or doing different things to better match the cartoon's storyline or just do what I did and let the child direct everything, their lines and where things should go etc...
One big advantage (and at our child's request too) I took out the 40 commercials (ALL of the same thing Legos). We got the video from Looney Toons and I have to remember to contact them to let them know about my parents demo video here as well as asking them to limit their ads to 1 per cartoon or at least a variety of ads or???
It is on my list of things to do ASAP.
I hope that helps parents come up with new and interesting things to do with their kids. We (and our child) like the Jetsons because they are clean fun and lack the violence and other bad messages that other cartoons are full of. Even the word stupid used over and over in Charlie Brown cartoons is not something we or our child likes. Even at age 5 she knows that the word stupid is not a good word to use in any conversation.
Try it with your child or children for a home project and your home viewing entertainment :-) It may set them on the road of creating their own videos or cartoons or at the very least, expose them to some new creative ideas and skills!
Another family entertainment idea from MIB Studios :-)))