A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Animotion is a free animation creator. While there are no instructions or tutorials on how to get going, kids can create and save an animated sequence by drawing on the screen, frame by frame. There is no controversial content in this app but kids could create something with violence, sex, or profanity if they wanted to. The app also has two in-app purchase plugs: one to upgrade to the full version of Animotion and another for another app from the same developer.
Is it any good?
Budding animators can download many high-quality apps to sharpen their craft -- such as Toontastic and PlayTime Theater – but ANIMOTION isn't one of them. Yes, free is free, but its lack of features and instructions are a disappointment -- and even the paid version ($1.99) doesn't bring much more to the table.
Animotion lets you create your own animated scene on a white canvas. You can use the included stick figure and move one of its joints every frame to give the illusion of motion, or you can draw your own character or other objects. A number of "stamps" are provided, too -- such as shapes and cutouts of people -- but they're inaccessible in the free version. You also can't change the color of your brush, but you can make it thicker or thinner. You can save only one animated scene in the free version, and there's no way to share it, be it via email or social media. Unlike other animation packages, Animotion also doesn't let you add any sound or music. Just because Animotion is free doesn't mean it's worth your time and energy.
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