A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
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.
People receive points for creating popular videos, and are encouraged to convince others to visit the site.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the cartoon characters can fight, but the action is very rudimentary. There is no explicit violence or gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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