8 Web Tools and Apps for Creating Animated Character Videos

“Animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.” – Walt Disney

Students love creating short films where they create the dialogue and animate the characters.  Not only do students learn how to write a script, but they also have to think about the props, music, background, and other elements. Creating scenes helps learners develop a critical eye when it comes to supporting writing and plot with visual and multimedia content. This is an important skill needed for our digital producers.  Below are free web tools and apps students can use to create short animated films.

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Produce Animated Movies

  • Plotagon (web/iOS/Android)- create animated videos by choosing a scene, creating and adding actors, and writing the dialogue. Add emotions, sound effects and music.
  • Powtoon– Create fun animated videos with a library of music, text, and characters to choose from or upload images.
  • Wideo– Create videos with uploaded images, animations, and add audio.
  • Zimmer Twins– Make a cartoon featuring the Zimmer twins,  type in the dialogue, choose a background scene, and create a fun movie.
  • Dvolver– Create a short film and choose from their library of characters, backgrounds, and props.
  • Puppet Pals and Toontastic are iOS apps for creating short videos with fun characters students animate with voice and movement. The scene is set as a play. They can upload their own drawings.
  • SockPuppets is an iOS app for creating short movies with talking socks.
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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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