stop–mo·tion noun \ˈstäp-ˈmō-shən\
A film animation technique used to bring real objects to life. The animator moves an object* into the desired position, captures it by shooting a frame with a camera, then repositions the object into the next pose. Repeat until the shot is completed. 24 poses works out to be 1 second of screen time. Yeah, it takes awhile and yes, I guess you need a lot of patience.
*Examples: A clay ball morphs into a clay horse. A rubber dinosaur or cyclops or giant ape stomps around New York City. A reindeer, a skeleton, or giant bug perform a musical number. Paper, wood, clay, wire, hot glue, fabric, paint and ball & socket armatured puppets: real materials used to create stop motion film projects.