Zimmer Twins

Common Sense Media says

Safe and simple animation site includes free or fee options.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

There are no privacy controls, but the site is moderated and monitored regularly and will remove anyone who posts personal information on the site, including real names, personal contact information, or passwords. There are no parental controls.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • storytelling
  • writing
  • writing clearly

Arts

  • script writing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • presenting

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will find the Zimmer Twins engaging characters for their short, animated movies. There are limitless options for storytelling, and it's empowering to instruct the characters to perform specific actions or say specific words.

Learning Approach

With simple commands and word combinations, kids can create their stories and can see the results of their efforts immediately. Kids can demonstrate learning across a range of subject areas if they set specific goals for their creations.

Support

Easy-to-follow tutorials are provided, and kids get guidance along the way. A small filmstrip lets kids see their progress and make changes at any point. Kids can watch movies created by others for ideas, inspiration, or entertainment.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • storytelling
  • writing
  • writing clearly

Arts

  • script writing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • presenting

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Conny Coon

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 9 years old January 19, 2011
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Great for all

I love making little videos for my little brother and reading out the words to him I think its a really fun website even for tweens !!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Parent of a 3 and 8 year old Written bymarsant September 4, 2010
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8
QUALITY
 

Very Simple, Very Fun!

OK, Seriously this is one of the most simple and fun sites I have let my child on. Kids will pick up easily on how to create their own movie. The great part is how excited tey get to show you their film debut. Parents this is also a guilty pleasure alert as you will find yourselves also becoming a small film director when you create your own films. Great fun.
Kid, 11 years old January 8, 2011
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

perfect for tweens

i love it id be perfect for me
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