Common Sense Media says

Fun, do-it-yourself cartoons for budding teen animators.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

People receive points for creating popular videos, and are encouraged to convince others to visit the site.

Violence

Some of the cartoon characters can fight, but the action is very rudimentary. There is no explicit violence or gore.

Sex

Explicit sex, nudity, and pornography are prohibited, but users have a variety of less racy options when creating cartoons, such as making the characters kiss and flirt.

Language

The terms of service bar profanity, but some cartoons include printed swear words with a few of the letters replaced with symbols and dashes, for example "d*ck."

Consumerism

Users can create their own cartoons using a variety of well-known characters from TV shows, video games, and movies. People are encouraged to purchase GoBucks, which they can use to gain access to premium features on the site.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some of the animation options that are available to users include making the characters drink beer or other cocktails.

Privacy & safety

Users post public profiles for community viewing and can post a photo of themselves; the account settings page reminds kids not to post any personal information such as age, home address, email, or phone number. Community members can also send messages to each other via the site. If students use this site through a school account, there's privacy, security, and content moderation built into that account.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site enables people to create simple animated films, which are available to view on the site much like a cartoon version of YouTube. Some cartoon violence and crude language make this site inappropriate for young kids.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling

Arts

  • script writing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling

Arts

  • script writing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Kids can learn how to create short animated films using step-by-step instructions. GOANIMATE also helps teens practice storytelling and script writing. The site's tutorials instruct: "Think of scenes as a frame of a comic strip or a story" for which users are choosing what the characters do and say in each scene. If users aren't paying for access to premium features, creativity is limited to choosing from stock characters and a menu of backgrounds and movements. Despite the limitations of the free version, GoAnimate can help kids get a basic start in digital creation and animation.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

GOANIMATE lets people create short, animated films and publish them on the Internet. The online software is easy to figure out and simple to use, and the cartoon characters can be made to perform a wide variety of actions and show plenty of entertaining emotions and reactions. People can choose from a collection of stock characters, many drawn from well-known TV shows or video games, or upload their own graphics. Want to watch Captain Kirk chug a martini, or make Underdog throw a punch? What about a scene with Dracula, an alien, a devious young boy, and a pair of dancing girls in bikinis? With enough imagination, almost anything is possible.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The tools are simple, but they are not very sophisticated and the end results will never pass for actual cartoons. Once created, the animated shorts can be watched on the site, and the extensive collection of user-created features is a bit like a low-end, animated YouTube. The site seems to be aiming at a specific age group. Young children may not have the patience to fully utilize the software, and older teens and adults might be too mature to enjoy the process or the finished products. But it could be plenty of fun for teens, who are probably technologically adept enough, and imaginative enough, to produce reasonably entertaining films and share them with their friends.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about digital creativity. Do you think it is more fun to make cartoons using your own graphics, or to use the ones provided by the site? Which is easier? Which ones are the most popular on the site?

  • Will other people be entertained by cartoons that include your custom graphics? Will your friends enjoy your cartoons if they feature people they know?

Website details

Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 14 years old Written byMegaAdam May 28, 2011
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2
QUALITY
 

Don't Go!Animate

As an aspiring animator, I can tell you that animation needs to be a time-consuming process that requires concentration and the best effort you can possibly give.
This website is actually insulting. I mean, can't we just DRAW characters? I thought the point of animation was meant to be your own drawing coming to life, not some badly-made little sprite that moves for you.
Go!Animate claims that they're "teaching" kids how to make animations themselves, but they could at least, AT THE VERY LEAST, let us draw and use actual dialogue, not some awful Microsoft-Sam-style speech recognition thing.
I could go on and on and on about the many flaws this site has, but it's easier to simply advise you to stay away from the site, don't bother using it, and if you DO decide to give it a go, DO NOT actually give money. There is a Premium option, but all it seems to offer is extra options for making your characters.

Parent of a 6 year old Written byamy341234 March 2, 2010
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5
QUALITY
 

I think it is a really fun site for my kids to play on. They are learning how to use a computer and this site helps them have fun while learning how to use the mouse, and the keyboard. I highly recommend this site for kids around the age of 6 and up.

What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 10 years old Written bywoofcat23 June 14, 2011
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

awesome!

i really like going to this site, but i just dont like that you have to buy stuff with gobucks... very little sexual content and not that much violence and NO bad language. i do recommend this site to everyone 10+

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex

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