Exploration Claymation refers to a series of videos in which TikTokers use a speed filter to appear as if they are in a claymation film. In March 2020, one TikToker uploaded a video of herself performing a cover of Bruno Coulais’ “Exploration,” a song featured in the 2009 claymation film Coraline. The sound clip was then used in May by TikTokers performing Coraline cosplay or claymation movements.
On March 26th, TikToker hannah_harpist performed a cover of “Exploration” by Bruno Coulais on her harp and received over 872,100 likes in three months (shown below, left). On April 25th, TikToker jrpixie uploaded a video of herself practicing her claymation-like movements to the sound clip (shown below, right). The video gained over 181,500 likes in two months.
On April 29th, 2020, TikToker sydney_elissa_green uploaded a video of herself brushing her teeth with buttons over her eyes to look like Coraline while using the sound (shown below, left). The video acquired over 340,000 likes in two months. On May 16th, TikToker abbyrartistry uploaded a video of herself doing her makeup all while moving like a claymation character (shown below, center). The video accumulated over 909,700 likes in a month. On May 31st, TikToker dj.foof made a parody video of the trend which garnered over 2.5 million likes in a month.