ABCya Animate

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Easy for beginner animators, but kids can't add narration.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about the process of digital animation and discover how to create their own short animated movies. They can express their ideas and see their drawings and ideas come to life. They'll learn by doing as they see frame after frame of their own pictures play as a movie. ABCya Animate empowers kids to create with intuitive tools and instructions.

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Video tutorial shows how to use each command.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ABCya Animate is an easy-to-use tool that lets kids create animations using their own original drawings or ready-made images and backgrounds. A video tutorial shows kids how to use each of the tool's commands. Kids may need reminders to hit "copy frame" for each frame they want saved in their movies. No personal information is requested, and kids save animations to the camera roll and share from there. For more information about the types of information collected and shared, read the app's privacy policy.

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Kid, 8 years old September 30, 2016

Abcya animate i good!

I use it sometimes but i usually use toonator abcya animate is cool and i played it at school with my friend

What's it about?

ABCYA ANIMATE lets kids easily create their own animated movies. Starting from a white screen, kids can draw using four pencil sizes and 36 colors or add images from the categories of transportation, landscape, animals, foods, people, and fun objects. They can move and size objects, flip them, or arrange them in front of or behind other objects. To save a frame and add it to the film roll, kids hit "copy frame" and then add to the next frame -- up to 99 frames. They can set the background, also creating their own or using one of the preloaded backgrounds, view the previous frame, and clear a frame easily. There's no way to record voice-overs or add custom music, although the background tune can be changed in the parent/teacher section. Movies can be played once or on a loop. Animations can only be saved to the gallery on the device or exported to the camera roll.

Is it any good?

Kids wanting to dip their toes into animation will have fun, but some key features are missing. The drawing interface is easy to navigate, and all the commands are visible on-screen. Kids have plenty of room in the 99 frames to build a short animated film, and the dozens of included images provide the versatility to incorporate lots of elements. Unfortunately, kids can't add their own narration, which limits the versatility and storytelling element. The video tutorial is very helpful to show kids how to create animations, though, so consider the app a good introduction to how animation is created and a way for kids to successfully create their own basic animations.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how old animation compares to today's. How does it look different, and how is it the same?

  • Have kids tell you their animated stories and encourage them to write them down.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: drawing
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations
    Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Price: $1.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: April 16, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Arts and Dance
  • Size: 14.80 MB
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  • Version: 1.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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For kids who love cartoons, animation, drawing

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