GoAnimate

Website review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Fun, do-it-yourself cartoons for budding teen animators.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 36 reviews

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

Educational Value

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.

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTRTF FTW AH FTL VGCP April 13, 2016

Alvin Hung has ruined GoAnimate

The CEO of GoAnimate, Alvin Hung, is destroying his own website by removing features! In 2007 when he created GoAnimate for his wife, he was nice back then. But... Continue reading
Adult Written bycaliparent September 9, 2011

Suspicious Credit Card Requirement, Hidden Costs

Nice site, but they require you to give them your credit card number to register, than after that, accept PayPal for further purchases. Why do they want your cr... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMegaAdam May 28, 2011

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 giv... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 24, 2014

Extremely innapropraite stuff!

Most people post videos following the story of Eric getting grounded. However, most of these, and even the original videos, are extremely innapropriate.

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love creating

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