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Make Your Own Star Trek Animations At GoAnimate.com – TrekMovie Takes A First Look February 10, 2009

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Merchandise,Science/Technology,Trek Franchise , trackback

Today Star Trek is getting (re)animated, and this time you are the one calling the shots. CBS has hooked up with GoAnimate.com, a site with the motto ‘anyone can animate,’ to give fans the ability to create their own Star Trek animated stories, based on the classic Original Series. TrekMovie.com got an early look at the GoAnimate Trek site which went live this morning, see what we came up with below

 

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GoAnimate.com’s free online application allows Trek fans to create animations without any drawing talent or the need for a technical understanding of advanced software programs, in just a few clicks you can create your own animations. This launch video gives you a general overview of how GoAnimate works.


GoAnimate Star Trek overview

At the GoAnimate.com, users can activate animated versions of the entire TOS crew (Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, and Chekov), plus Mirror Spock, Kang, Khan and an Orion Slave Girl. Each character has a full range of actions and expressions. Plus there are a number of classic Trek locations (like the Bridge and Vulcan and more), props (phasers, tribbles, etc), sound effects and music to fill out your animated production. And if that isn’t enough for you, then ou can also import your own images and sounds.


Create your own landing party

Once you make your animation, you can can share it with friends and social networks. GoAnimate is integrated with both Gmail and Yahoo! Mail contacts, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Digg, Del.icio.us, StumbleUpon and Reddit. And if you don’t have a lot of time you can create quick animated "eMessages" using pre-defined templates that already include different characters and scenes, enabling you to simply add dialogue and then send a quick animated note to your friends.

This new free site is a very cool addition to the world of Star Trek and shows how CBS is really trying to expand the scope of Trek and empower the fans. In a statement CBS Consumer Products Executive Vice President Liz Kalodner said:

Star Trek fans are amongst the most dedicated fans on the planet, and they often look for new ways to highlight their enthusiasm via creative channels. GoAnimate provides a platform that enables anyone to easily create their own Star Trek animated stories – with absolutely no experience in animation necessary. We are happy to provide the millions of dedicated Star Trek fans this new tool in which to creatively express themselves, and we can’t wait to see what the community develops.

TrekMovie Review & first trial animation
Science Fiction fans have always been among the most creative, and Star Trek is not at all lacking in fan fiction. But, with this handy tool you can really take your story to a new level. And, if you’re not of a creative writing brain, playing around with Go!Animate’s features will let you build your story from scratch. For functionality, this service gets five stars. You really get in depth options as to what your characters can do, say, and express. Moreover, characters can interact with props and objects. The multitude of choices you are given really allows for countless combinations to create a vivid and real story. Also, Go!Animate really doesn’t hold back when it comes to giving you good default choices for scenes and background music, which really helps.


‘how to’ demo of Star Trek GoAnimate

Some of the controls are a bit confusing at first, but there isn’t too much of a learning curve. Play around with various features and effects for a few minutes and you’re already a pro. What I like best about Go!Animate is that it is truly "fully functional". By that I mean that you can take the basic outline they give you and really create something entirely your own. You can even edit and delete elements from sets. Don’t like the bridge with furniture? Click and it’s gone!

To show you just how easy and fun it is, we’ve created a nice little example clip. It took me about 45 minutes to create in total, but that includes changing and editing scenes several times over. If you already have an idea of what you want your story to be, you could create a few minute clip in less than half an hour.
 

GoAnimate.com: TrekMovie

 

So get started with your own Trek animating at goanimate.com/startrek.

 

Comments

1. ety3 - February 10, 2009

The Vulcan salute just ain’t right with only four fingers.

2. Iowagirl - February 10, 2009

#1
Yes, but this time you can change what you don’t like and make your *own* Trek – isn’t that just great! :)

Btw, I like Kirk’s quiff. ;)

3. lnx - February 10, 2009

TOP 5 BITCHES!!!!!!

4. Q Macedonia - February 10, 2009

Wow this is GREAT!

And TrekMovie’s animation is hilarious. Nice work guys.

5. JP Saylor - February 10, 2009

lol wow

I thought I had seen it all.

If I were younger, I would have really gotten a kick out of this.

6. Tyrus Manuel - February 10, 2009

Yeah, I know what I am going to be doing all day today while I am supposed to be working. Thanks for adding me to the list of unemployed…this is awesome!

7. Star Trackie - February 10, 2009

Can’t wait to play around with that site! Thanks for the tip, I never knew it was out there.

8. Holger - February 10, 2009

This cartoon Enterprise looks better than the new one!

9. Mazz - February 10, 2009

It’s a trap!!!

10. Ensign Ro- (short for Roland) - February 10, 2009

Now this is one of the coolest sites I’ve seen come down the Pike (pun intended) in quite some time. As a self-taught artist and animator, I can really appreciate what goes into something like this. I’ve already bookmarked it and plan to visit it often.

Thanks for sharing, Anthony…great work!

11. Weerd1 - February 10, 2009

Well, there goes my workday…

12. Kelvington - February 10, 2009

Wow, that’s actually kinda of clever. It’s Star Trek meets Colourforms meets Tiny Toon Adventures. I suspect Spockboy will have fun with this.

13. Sybok's Secret Brother - February 10, 2009

Look like a lot of fun! My kid and I will have fun with this.

14. Daniel Shock - February 10, 2009

So how long till someone tries to re-animate an episode of the TOS animated series?

15. hitch1969©, producer of "If I Did It, Jr"- a musical for children, starring children. - February 10, 2009

I am going to make some Kirk / Spock erotica. Is flash the only available format or can you also download a file that can be burnt to dvd? that would be really cool.

THE WOMEN!!

=h=

16. THX-1138 - February 10, 2009

Mmmmm…..mushy mush.

Alec Baldwin is going to have a field day feasting on all the nicely softened brains being created today.

Guess I’ll close up shop.

17. Mirror Jordan - February 10, 2009

I don’t really like it. Firefox has a hard time running it. Oh well…

18. James Heaney - February 10, 2009

Awesome awesome pants.

19. Alvin - February 10, 2009

Thanks for the great comments. We hope you like what we have worked really hard to create for you. Let us know if you encounter problems.

Alvin Hung
GoAnimate.com
Founder

20. Newman - February 10, 2009

Oh my goodness I will spend days on this thing I just know it.

21. CmdrR - February 10, 2009

Why did I have to grow up???

…or did I? hmmmmmmm

22. Starman - February 10, 2009

Vulcan has no moon

23. lodownX - February 10, 2009

We should have a film competition for Oscar week. What do all of you think?

you can all thank me later for the awesome idea… maybe trekmovie will give away a dvd set for the top prize… you can vote for your favorite film on the right hand side poll window.

24. Devon - February 10, 2009

First link needs fixed in the story!

25. MC Doctor - February 10, 2009

Scotty better be drinking a single-malt…

26. Y EN A MARRE! - February 10, 2009

NOT CANON

27. Cheve - February 10, 2009

Ubercool.
XDD

Too busy to make some, but I’ll see if I can find the time to build some funnies.

28. SPOCKBOY - February 10, 2009

Great stuff!
Love Flash style animation,
and for those of you who like claymation…

http://tinyurl.com/ambo89

: )

29. karanadon - February 10, 2009

How about a Lego one?

http://scifiwire.com/2009/02/star-treks-original-pilot-reimagined-with-legos.php

30. Jimtibkirk - February 10, 2009

Sulu and Chekov have swapped seats (get a life).
Guess that’s McCoy dancing by the engines.
This style of animation with a heavy border around everything seems very popular right now. Where did it originate from?
I like the floating tribbles too.

31. Captain Hamster - February 10, 2009

BEST ENTERPRISE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lol

this should become a regular thing on trekmovie

go on andy you know you want to…

32. thorsten - February 10, 2009

@19…

Great Stuff, Alvin, saved my day…
works fine for me, Safari 3.2.1 on Mac OS 10.5.6
But it looks like I need to edit my soundtrack before the upload ;))

http://goanimate.com/go/movie/0fpNEXTcyaRQ/1

33. John from Cincinnati - February 10, 2009

This is awesome! CBS does “get” Trekkers. I salute CBS for doing this. The best thing is, the uniforms, props and the bridge look AUTHENTIC.

34. screaming satellite - February 10, 2009

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/40067

‘original’ spock

35. The Angry Klingon - February 10, 2009

Apparently these guys dont proof read their own videos. They dated their video Feb 10, 2006 instead of Feb 10, 2009. Shame to put all that work in to a neat product and open the video with a mistake.

36. Jason P Hunt - co-creator of COMET TALES - February 10, 2009

What about minor characters like Rand, Riley, M’Benga? And Chapel?? How could they not include Nurse Chapel?

I was going to use it to animate my short story “No Beach to Walk On” that I submitted to STRANGE NEW WORLDS 10, but there’s no Rand…

???

37. Ian Watson - February 10, 2009

I love Kirk’s James Cawley-esque pompadour.

38. frederick - February 10, 2009

I wonder where M’hress is? And Arex?

And Lt. Charlene Masterson from “Who Mourns For Lazarus?” I mean, “The Alternative Factor?”

39. frederick - February 10, 2009

I meant, Charlene Masters. Wotta woman!

40. Brian Matthews - February 10, 2009

The TREK demo is no longer available at that site.

41. John from Cincinnati - February 10, 2009

I wonder if they’ll be making more characters, places available to unlock in the near future?

42. Spock - February 10, 2009

I bet they expand this to include the movies, and the other series eventually.

43. TrekTwenty - February 10, 2009

Haha, Trekmovie’s video was great

44. falcon - February 10, 2009

@22 – The proper response would be, “Damn right it doesn’t, it has a nightmare!” (That’s shamelessly lifted from “Spock’s World” by Diane Duane.)

45. Ensign Ro- (short for Roland) - February 10, 2009

OK…here’s my first test of the site.

http://goanimate.com/go/movie/0B2mvoEcZnNk?utm_source=emailshare&uid=0Cvnk3ytdbdQ

Hope I posted this properly. I plan on doing a longer one soon…maybe a Wrath of Khan redux…lol.

46. Christine - February 10, 2009

Haha!!! Looks kinda cheesy, but I loved what you all at Trekmovie came up with. |3 Cute, in a weird sort of way.

#45 – Hahaha, “BITE ME!” That cracked me up so hard. xDDD

#44 – That book is gold wrapped in platinum embedded with diamonds… THEY NEED TO SERIOUSLY START SELLING IT AGAIN.

47. Robert Bernardo - February 10, 2009

Oooo, very nice! Time to start writing a script for an animated adventure!

48. Classic Trek - February 10, 2009

LOVE IT! This is FAN-freaking-tastic. So nice to see the support and enabling of fan creations.

I know where my web browser will be spending weekends!

49. Doug - February 10, 2009

Finally….an animation tool and trek stuff so I could do this:

http://goanimate.com/go/user/0CkVM2ImCz28

50. Ensign Ro- (short for Roland) - February 10, 2009

RE: #49 – Doug

LMAO…that was awesome! If that was your first attempt at using that site, I am thoroughly impressed…and entertained.

Obviously outside components can be uploaded…very cool.

51. Doug - February 10, 2009

Yeah, I’ve wanted to do animations with those old Nimoy/Shatner albums forever…so the instant I saw this I had to try the tool out…it was a breeze and a lot of fun. Flash has a little trouble keeping in sync on long audio pieces..but it mostly works.
This was my first one.

52. thorsten - February 10, 2009

@51…

great job, Doug!

53. thorsten - February 10, 2009

@46…

“#44 – That book is gold wrapped in platinum embedded with diamonds… THEY NEED TO SERIOUSLY START SELLING IT AGAIN.”

This is an intriguing statement,
coming from a 15 year old sophomore.

54. Tiptoptommy - February 10, 2009

I’ve been coming to this site for nearly 2 years now, and not until this very moment have I felt compelled to post something. Through all the heated debates, and the unveiling of new designs, and images, never once did I feel that I needed to post anything anything about it.

So after all this time…here’s my BIG contribution to the TrekMovie community.

http://goanimate.com/go/movie/0_Ms5mPkTFcs/1

Yep, it’s all downhill from here.

55. D - February 10, 2009

So, who’s going to be the first to do a goanimate version of the trailer for the new movie?

56. capt. garver - February 10, 2009

Here is my funny version of “CATSPAW”! Please Vote and Comment!
http://goanimate.com/go/user/07Ol7BKJrZmQ

57. TheBigCW - February 10, 2009

Looks like the animation for the 1960’s King features BEATLES cartoons!

58. Cobalt 1365 - February 10, 2009

This is just too cool! I spent a couple hours on a video, check it out: http://goanimate.com/go/movie/0P5iqdUm1CNY/1

59. Kirkman1987 - February 10, 2009

Wow, this is really great.

Here’s my video. It’s a Spock/Bones fight. spock finally has had enough of mcCoy’s jokes.

http://goanimate.com/go/movie/0J08sVIYQXeg

60. Kirkman1987 - February 10, 2009

58.

wow, that is cool

61. Robert Bernardo - February 10, 2009

Heh, how about put together an animated last act for Starship Exeter: the Tressaurian Intersection? After waiting for years, we should give it a fitting ending. :)

62. Gibnerd - February 10, 2009

here is mine.
keep in mind i did it in 10 minutes…

http://goanimate.com/go/user/09dSzgXkNKeM#

63. Richard Martin - February 11, 2009

61. Yeah if they had a picture of the ship exploding I’d make it. Starship Exeter is dead.

Someone really talented could make an entire proper episode out tof this animation stuff.

64. thorsten - February 11, 2009

@63…

I fired up Final Draft already…
we should write a TOS ep together and animate it,
right here from Trekmovie…

65. HAZ TU PELICULA DE ANIMACIóN « AmigosTrek - February 11, 2009

[...] Trekmovie Publicado [...]

66. Chris H - February 11, 2009

Wow – this rocks! And I’m 46…………………………….. love the contributions you guys have already created!

67. Jason P Hunt - co-creator of COMET TALES - February 11, 2009

I think that would be a hoot, to have a group of us write a few scripts that could be turned into animateds, or even sent to some of the fan productions.

Anyone game?

68. Makenzie - February 11, 2009

*drools*

…I love these people so much.

69. Sonofantal - February 12, 2009

I’m onboard! It’s great fun!
http://tinyurl.com/dycfzp

70. General Trelane, Retired - February 12, 2009

41. John from Cincinnati

I work for GoAnimate and, yes, the plan is to continually refresh the characters, props and locations moving forward. We’re determining timing now so be sure to check back and see what’s new. We’re glad that everybody is enjoying the new Star Trek application!

71. Anthony Pascale - February 12, 2009

i am surprised no one as taken the ST09 trailer and redone it GoAnimate style….someone get on that and I will profile it in our next ‘great links’

72. Gibnerd - February 12, 2009

anthony, i actually thought about trying that… if only i had the time. can’t wait to see someone’s version!

73. Hat Rick - February 12, 2009

I just saw the “Highly Illogical” cartoon by pxylboy. That was LOL funny, man. LOL funny. :)

GoAnimate rocks. If this stuff creates more buzz for Star Trek as a whole, so much the better. But even just in itself, it’s plain funny. Good stuff.

74. Pyxlboy - February 13, 2009

Ok….I did the Superbowl trailer. Hope you like it..or at least get a chuckle.

http://goanimate.com/go/movie/0cgMI8L9ctUM/1

75. Woulfe - February 13, 2009

Here’s my first try at this new thing….

http://goanimate.com/go/user/05bfjeWKiC2A

76. Alf, in pog form - February 14, 2009

That’s fun!! Here’s mine: Star Trek: The Wrath of Spock.

77. Alf, in pog form - February 14, 2009

I suck at html, so trying again:

78. Alf, in pog form - February 14, 2009

Doh, I give up, click on my username to see the cartoon.

79. Van Banoovong - February 14, 2009

This is a fun place to be in and a fun thing to do. I hope they expand more characters, backgrounds, and effects to complete the entire animated experience. We can create Star Trek stories out of our imaginations or we can bring the novel stories to life. It’s better than doing nothing. I enjoyed Star Trek: TAS and we can use GoAnimate to fill in gaps.

80. vicky - April 14, 2009

hi i want to make a web site but i have one and i want to make another the website nae below in my website can i get money if people read it

81. 12YearOldTrekker - May 29, 2011

Got these little dudes as my desktop background. Great animation tool, but… WHERE’S AREX?!?

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