Toon Boom Animation Inc. and educational publisher FableVision today announced the release of Animation-Ish, an innovative software program that allows people of all ages to create their own animation. The program is hosted by New York Times Bestselling children’s author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, FableVision’s founder and chief executive officer.
Animation-Ish was built around the philosophy that art pieces don’t need to create a mirror image of reality to effectively convey ideas, a notion popularized by Reynolds in his books The Dot and Ish. Published by Candlewick Press, the books have been printed in more 20 languages around the world.
Reynolds remarks, ‘Too many people say, ‘I can’t draw.’ I constantly remind kids and adults that their creations don’t have to be perfect, they just have to be ‘perfect-ish,’ which is where the name Animation-ish came from.’
Reynolds personally guides users through the program with dozens of video clips featuring drawing tips and samples of his own artwork. Three animation skill-levels are served with a project vault offering Reynolds’ drawings and starter ideas. The program also offers 24 lessons written by teachers for teachers, additional lessons available online, more tutorials by Reynolds and the animators of FableVision and a ‘share’ feature for exporting animations to multiple formats.
Compatible with Mac and PC, Animation-ish is offered in two versions: retail and educational. A single copy of the retail version goes for $59.95. The Educational version, which includes a printed Classroom Edition User’s Guide, is offered at $499.95 for a 10-computer license, or $999.95 for a 25-computer license. Information and a preview of the program can be found at www.toonboom.com/products/animationish.