Pre-cinematic inventions and optical toys that led to the invention of film and animation can be seen here.
Optical Toys include these:
This French site has several demos of old flipbooks.
Here is how to make a flipbook.
You can make an online "Flipbook" here.
The Kinetoscope, an advance in moving pictures, was invented by Thomas Edison.
Here is a link to two collectors who specialize in Optical Toys.
Here is a flipbook made by a student in the summer of 2008:
Make a flipbook (online or on paper) and post it in the comments below.