Cartoon Giants like Hanna and Barbera, Filmation and Sid and Marty Kroft ruled children's programming with an iron fist. But it wasn't just the cartoons. Live action shows like Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and even the ever so pleasant Mr. Rogers acted as surrogate parents to millions of little boob tube junkies.
In film and video, live action refers to works that are acted out by flesh-and-blood actors, as opposed to animation. Live action is the norm in film and video, and thus the term is usually superfluous. It is an important distinction, however, in situations where one might normally expect animation, as in a Disney movie, a video game, or when the work is adapted from an animated cartoon, such as the Flintstones or Josie and the Pussycats movies, or The Tick television program.
Clay animation is one of many forms of stop motion animation; specifically, it is the form where each animated piece, either character or background, is "deformable", i.e. a malleable substance, usually plasticine clay. The term "Claymation" is also used to describe clay animation. Though a registered trademark created by Will Vinton in 1978 to describe his clay animated films; the portmanteau claymation has entered the English language as a common term, called a genericized trademark.