Inspire budding animators with Stykz

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 by kjarrett 2 Comments

Creative Commons License photo credit: alanwoo

Good morning all,

Who among us hasn’t doodled in the corner of a notebook, scene after scene, creating a miniature movie for our own personal enjoyment? I know *I* did (though it was nothing like the drawing above). It was a fun way to pass the time.  Over the years, the stick figure animation genre has developed right along with Internet subculture, inspiring young artists. Well, this is the 21st century … so today, we have awesome free software that takes stick figure animation to entirely new levels. Today, we’re talking about Stykz, thanks to a tweet from Twitter user Laurie Toll!

Stykz is a cross-platform, full featured, totally free stick figure animation development environment. With an intuitive yet powerful interface. A direct competitor to the also free Pivot Stickfigure Animator, Stykz offers similar capabilities (plus some more) but  adds cross-platform support. (For more, read “How does Stykz compare with Pivot Stickfigure Animator (Pivot)?

So what could someone *DO* with software like this? Take a look at this classic viral video, Animator vs. Animation (it’s actually a combination of versions 1 & 2, both of which have gone viral.) Note: as is usually the case with stick figure animation, it is (ahem) a bit violent, so, be forewarned.

We’re actually going to be experimenting with this software in our after-school media club – will let you know how it goes!

Hope this helps!