Zimmer Twins

Website review by
Conny Coon, Common Sense Media
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Safe and simple animation site includes free or fee options.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn to use words, images, icons and other animation tools to tell stories and create mini animated movies. Through trial and error, kids can hone their writing skills to create scripted dialogue that works to achieve their storytelling goals and see immediate results. Zimmer Twins is an easy-to-use, interactive outlet for kids to express themselves through the art of storytelling.

Positive Messages

Users are generally supportive of the various creations and encouraging of their peers.

Violence & Scariness

Some movies show the characters arguing mildly, and occasionally comments involve discussions about, for instance, painful accidents like falling off a bike or breaking an arm.

Sexy Stuff

Nothing observed, though there is the potential for suggestive material to be posted within individual animated movies. Paid memberships can comment freely on movies, which has inherent risks.

Language

Occasionally comments contain swear words that replace some letters with dashes or other characters.

Consumerism

There is no outside advertising. The site offers free and paid accounts and it actively promotes upgrading to paid memberships. Paid (or VIP) members can share their movies, access extra animation clips, leave written comments, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents needs to know that this imaginative movie-making site lets users create animated short films using predetermined characters, expressions, actions, and backgrounds. Users can fill movie frames with still drawings, speech bubbles, and transitional words (such as “Meanwhile…”), then string them together to create their very own custom animated movie. It’s simple to make a movie from scratch or complete pre-designed starter films. Kids must register to comment on movies, and the site is moderated daily and uses text filters to ensure content is appropriate. Paid "VIP Members" can share their movies, review other member's movies, and unlock exclusive animation clips. Comments by paid users can be flagged if inappropriate, but are generally positive, supportive, and constructive. Site administrators seem to be diligent in enforcing the site's code of conduct. Some of the best movies (from those with paid memberships) are even selected as “YouTube picks” and uploaded there.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byReview39 October 6, 2019

Not the best.

My children have used Zimmer Twins for about 5 or 6 months now, and I've tried it too. The overall website is very quiet and there are barely any posts. Se... Continue reading
Adult Written bymr S. December 28, 2018

THIS IS BAD

THE STUDENTS GOT HACKED AND INNAPROPRIATE VIDEOS POSTED,INFACT ONE OF THE REVIEWS IS FROM SOMEONE WHOS FRIENDS WITH MY HACCKER
Teen, 13 years old Written bySandstorm0 August 29, 2019

A ZT review

Hello. On the ZT website I am known as Sandstorm0. ZT has been around since 2005, although I like this website, I do agree it has gone down since it’s peak in 2... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMeetUsTycoonTyc... February 2, 2019

Unless if you pay them money, the website is useless.

Once you create an account on this website, you’ll be able to save content on your account and comment &rate. The only thing is that unless you pay for... Continue reading

What's it about?

Zimmer Twins is a safe, engaging place for kids to exercise their imagination and create entertaining animated movies. Using an array of simple tools, kids can choose characters, backgrounds, facial expressions, and movements, and then type in words to create dialogue. There are many options for telling stories, though the options become more limitless with a paid membership that unlocks access to additional features.

Is it any good?

Animation is made simple thanks to the Zimmer twins, Edgar and Eva, the animated young characters who star over and over again in the mini-movies on this site. Users can piece together clips of the twins interacting and speaking (through typed words in speech or thought bubbles) through whatever adventures their imaginations create. Choose a theme, create an ending to a “starter,” or simply create from scratch by piecing scenes together. Young animators can save their work for others to watch, rate, and comment on. Educators will also find (paid) classroom memberships that let students create in their classroom. At home or in school, Zimmer Twins is a safe, satisfying romp into the world of animation that lets kids exercise their creative muscle and hone their storytelling skills.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about other ways to create media on your own. What types of media do you wish existed? How can you create something to fill that void?

  • Talk about why learning about art of all types is important. What types of art-related activities do you learn in school? How can kids use computers to explore art outside of school? What can kids create using the computer?

  • Talk about how stories can be told in countless ways -- even when all the creators receive the same tools. Is it easier to use predetermined pieces -- like expressions and specific actions --  to put together a story, or would you prefer to create something entirely from your own imagination?

Website details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, storytelling, writing, writing clearly
    Arts: script writing
  • Skills: Communication: conveying messages effectively, presenting
    Creativity: imagination, making new creations
  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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