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

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 56 reviews

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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.


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


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.


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."


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. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to GoAnimate.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPaperLuigi99 October 18, 2018


GoAnimate/Vyond is an excellent site for people to create videos. It is much better than Plotagon. I know that many reviews say that there is profanity on the... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous January 10, 2021

Too many grounded videos.....

My child found multiple grounded videos on YT. She got very upset about them.
Teen, 14 years old Written bySteven J. October 24, 2015

Young kids won't like this

Parents, you need to know that people often make grounded videos out of various characters (Dora, Barney, Caillou, and other baby show characters) which could b... 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?

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