Each Presidential election is surrounded by political cartoons and satire, which are usually left to cartoonists and comedians to dictate. But not anymore. A new program released today allows the general public to create their own animated political cartoon videos -- no drawing, downloading or special software required.
GoAnimate, a free suite of web applications that enables users to create their own animated videos, added a collection of political characters and backgrounds focused on the U.S. Presidential election.
“We took notice when many of our user-created videos turned political, even without the appropriate characters and backgrounds,” said Gary Lipkowitz, Vice President of Corporate Development, “Our aim has always been to provide a fun mode of expression for the masses. Candidates and pundits are constantly talking at us, and people are trying to shout back in social media, but most of the tools are just text. So we launched this project to provide rich media feedback tools -- to empower everyday people to turn their comments into commentary -- whether they’re responding to the debates, campaigning for a cause or recreating key political moments. We can’t wait to see what people create."
Here's an example I created featuring Michelle Bachmann and President Barak Obama. All I did was chose the people and the backdrop, inputted text, and wa-la:
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Lipkowitz told The Blaze in an email that this program gives users an opportunity to weigh in on what they can only wish the politicians would have said.
"Politicians and lobbyists are talking at us. GoAnimate brings the public into the political conversation and let’s you talk back. And, of course, we all have our opinions," he said.
Be it Bachmann, Rick Perry, President Obama or John Boehner, you can control their dialogue and even facial expressions through GoAnimate's computer animate platform.
Take a crack at making your own video here.