Plotagon

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Build-a-story animation has cool concept, low quality.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can practice storytelling skills and be somewhat creative, though the experience is currently limited by technical glitches.

Ease of Play

Good tutorial and generally easy to use. However, even though it's easy to create stories with this tool, the quality of work that's produced is so low that it may be frustrating for some users.

Violence

Content is user-generated, so mildly violent content may appear in some stories.

Sex

Content is user-generated, so suggestive scenes and dialog may appear in some stories. (Example: A character saying "I can't wait to see his butt in a hot pair of jeans.") Some stories mention "contains brief nudity" in the tag line.

Language

Content is user-generated so some swearing and other mature language in conversations may be heard in some stories. "Plot has some adult material and words" appears in the tagline of some stories. Some comments posted on videos by members of the Plotagon community can also be harsh, which may discourage younger creators.

Consumerism

In-app purchases ($0.99 to $4.99) for characters and scenes. "Subscribe to our YouTube Channel" appears at the end of some users' stories. Each story ends with "Created with Plotagon, Directed by You" line.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Content is user-generated. No content related to drinking, drugs, or smoking was observed during this review.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Plotagon is an app that teens can use to create animated stories with hundreds of scenes, characters, music, and effects. Users choose their characters and scenes (many scenes require in-app purchases) and then type in their characters' spoken lines, emotional affect, position in the scene, and more. Users can share their stories on the Platagon community for feedback from other users. Since content is user-generated, some videos may include mature themes, including scary or sexually suggestive storylines. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJonR123 June 18, 2018

Award Winning Education & Communication App

I'm astonished to find this App has only been given two stars on the site review as it has won a number of awards e.g. The CODiE 2018 award in recognizing... Continue reading
Adult Written byGDDanimator June 18, 2018

Plotagon as an App, is absolutely Great!

Let me first say the review that is here is more than slightly too negative and was superficial. Creative tools don’t create the end result, the User has to use... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byQ_Okolo68 June 18, 2018

Award winning, stellar app. A must try!!

I have been searching for an app that would allow me to create animated movies with ease and to freely express my creativity, and Plotagon was the perfect choic... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMayabarraza June 18, 2018

Plotagon is fun.

I have a lot of fun when I’m making a plot on plotagon. The voices sound robotic since it’s a computer generated voice but you are able to add your own voice in... Continue reading

What's it about?

To play PLOTAGON, create a profile. Tap Discover to view other users' animated stories by categories (Top Picks, Serious, Funny, "Plotcorn," Political, or Challenges). For example, tap Top Picks, then tap on one of the story titles and the play icon to watch. Like or comment on videos. To make your own video, tap the movie camera icon, view the "example plot," and download character voices. Select a scene and add characters. Write dialog for each character, and add affect for each (surprised, sulking, bored). Switch scenes, add characters. After you're finished, write a descriptive caption for your story, and add hashtags. Tap Save Video to add more later, or Publish to publish to the app. Users can choose to upload videos to YouTube as well. 

Is it any good?

There's a great idea buried underneath the low-quality videos on this animated story app. The 3D animation and ability to add characters' emotions will take storytelling to a more sophisticated place. As it stands, Plotagon needs a lot of improvements to its functionality before it's going to be a tool worth budding digital storytellers' time. Many of the stories currently on Plotagon include voices that sound robotic, word pronunciations that aren't accurate, unnatural character movements (viewers watch one character eating handfuls of air above a bowl of popcorn), and odd laugh tracks. Worse, even if a viewer wants to look past the tech gaffes, many of the videos posted on the Plotagon community site at the time of this review also lacked well-developed storylines. Stories about people showing up to meetings without clothing or thinking in the shower about online dating partners made the app's Top Picks. Ironing out the technical glitches and creating some high-quality promotional examples will help Plotagon be the animation story creator it wants to be. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to create a compelling story on Plotagon. Besides character development, conflict, and suspense, what are some other key elements of a good story? View some of the stories on the Plotagon community and critique them together. What's missing? What works well?

  • Discuss your family's in-app purchase guidelines with your kids. If you don't yet have a family strategy for kids' in-app purchase requests, read Common Sense Media's Should I Give My Kid a Virtual Allowance? for some ideas.

  • Encourage your kid to read, read, read quality books. The best way for kids to learn how to develop a good story is to read good stories.

App details

For kids who love storytelling and animation

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