Creating Custom Actions for GoAnimate Characters using Koolmoves

Bat Storm in custom jump
Action created with
Koolmoves.
My favorite GoAnimate character set theme is Comedy World. Despite the limited number of costumes I still get a kick out of using the Comedy World Character Creator to create new characters for my animations.

However what I don't like is the limited range and very wooden movement of the characters. Which is not especially good for creating Superhero stories like my Bat Storm Series.

Having recently purchased Crazy Talk Animator Pro I noticed how that software creates a lot of character actions by creating front and three quarter view 'puppets' out of similarly drawn views of your characters. I got to thinking, could I do the same thing with GoAnimate's Comedy World characters?

Initially I'd hoped to use Crazy Talk Animator to create my puppets since the software can export flash files but unfortunately my tests failed as the exported files weren't compatible with GoAnimate's studio.

So I decided creating puppets from scratch using Koolmoves was the way forward from there.

The video below is my first test animation of the technique using my Bat Storm character. It's not strictly a Koolmoves tutorial however I do take some time to demonstrate how my Bat Storm puppet is constructed and how I simply moved the body parts around to create a looped jumping sequence.

The final sequence looks a lot more natural (in my opinion) than some of GoAnimates prebuilt Comedy World Character actions and opens up the possibility for making Bat Storm episodes with much more action.

Note: apologies for the jerky stop start nature of the video in places below. My screen capture software was really struggling for some reason and wouldn't even record my narration without distorting my voice awfully - hence the lack of narration and substituted music track.

GoAnimate Complaints Dept. Basic - Sonic Edition

Ever since Chaostoon released his Sonic the Hedgehog character into the community on GoAnimate you've all thought it but it took the More Actions Protest Group and a plucky little chick to take the complaint to the top... well Happy Bunny at the GoAnimate Complaints Desk at least.

GoAnimate Complaints Basic by etourist basic

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Apologies to Chaostoon but you did commit the sin of promising so much (making Sonic available to the community) if people supported your FaceBook quest for tickets to a festival and under delivering on people's expectations - even though they knew Sonic was done as an April Fools joke and was never intended to be a full character. Hopefully you might deliver a few more actions when the paid work dies down a little.

You'll notice that this animation also includes a Sonic the Hedgehog head prop created by me and attached to a blue Happy Bunny body. That prop was the start of my own Sonic the hedgehog that I was going to make for the community before Chaostoon announced his intention to make his public.

Noticing the success Chaostoon had with his Sonic April Fools day joke (animation embeded below) I thought I'd do my own experiment based on a comment I made on GoAnimate's forums. I don't remember the exact comment but in response to someone asking how to get a lot of views on GoAnimate I joked 'just make something with Sonic the Hedgehog in it' - after observing Chaostoon's animation get in excess of 30,000 views.

Sneak Preview of Chaostoon's Sonic the Hedgehog by Chaostoon

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Now I've made a Complaints Dept. with Chaostoon's Sonic in it... we'll see if that pulls in the views to my etourist basic GoAnimate account.

By the way...I really love Johnny Hotdog's, Knuckles character. It has a few more moves than Chaostoon's Sonic and I really like the not too polished drawing style.

Note also the little nod to the recent removal of the Street Fighter theme from GoAnimate due to the license agreement expiring. Happy Bunny sure will miss Ken in that weird kind of way you become attached to annoyances.

Bat Domokun, Road Trip and Snakes on a Plane

I've just realized I haven't kept up with posting my Domo animations to this blog so here's four Domo Animations you may have missed...

Snakes on a Plane

As Samuel L. Jackson pointed out many times, the movie Snakes on a Plane has a great title, and that's reason enough to appear in the film. The title is where my parody pretty much starts and ends. It's snakes on a plane but done Domo style...

Snakes on a Plane by etourist

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Domo's Road Trip

Seeing the more and more complex prop made images by Domo Animate users and building upon the prop only characters like the Sneep and the Para-tweet that I created in earlier Domo animations I wanted to take it to another level.

The two questions I get asked the most about this animation is 'Where did you get the car from?' and 'How did you make the car move?'

Domo's Road Trip by etourist

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The car its self uses the stick figure theme car as a base for the moving wheels. The rest is made from numerous stick figure props (for example the door handle is a stick figure mobile phone).

If you watch the animation carefully you'll see the movement of the car is all an illusion. It never actually moves from it's position on the screen. It's all done through the movement of the background props and camera pans. It was an idea I got from parallax scrolling computer games of the nineteen eighties and nineties but is actually a very old technique used in films as well as animation.

Moving such a complex prop, like this car, which at a guess is made up of more than 50 props would be close to impossible in the Domo studio because you cannot multi-select objects. Everything would have to be moved individually.

The story line for the animation took me a long time to come up with because I wanted Domo to travel somewhere that would be both funny and seem like he'd been on a road trip. Thank goodness for the picture of Mt. Fuji prop!


Bat Domo

You've probably noticed I"m something of a Batman fan with two series of animations parodying Batman on GoAnimate (Dorkman and Bat Storm). I noticed Domo Animate had a Bat mask in the Monsters and Supernatural theme which paved the way for Bat Domo.

Domo's a bit of a Bat Storm fan, dreaming of being his superhero idol...

Bat Domo - The Great Divide by etourist

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The biggest problem I had with this was the Bat mask. If I actually attached it to Domo it looked too small and didn't line up with his eyes. The only way to solve it was to make the mask bigger and move it separately.

This presented some challenges but I worked out that if I moved Domo first and found out where he'd end up in the next frame, I could then place the mask at the point it should end at. Copy that to the previous frame and use it as a guide for moving the mask.

Episode 2, Bat Domo and the Vampire Threat, completely drops the Bat Storm premise of Domo dreaming and is a more direct parody of Batman himself. I really wanted to answer the question of how could Domo be Bat Domo with a cave and a Bat mobile... plus a cape!

Bat Domo and the Vampire Threat by etourist

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Ironman, Mt. Rushmore, GoAnimate Quick Apps

What used to be called 'Type a Video' animations is now known as 'Quick Apps' on GoAnimate. The apps have been upgraded to include a limited range of facial expressions and, if you're a GoPlus user, some apps will even let you use your own custom Lil' Peepz or Comedy World Custom Characters.

That's how I came to make Ironman Vs Metal Detector...

Ironman Vs Metal Detector by etourist

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If you've seen my previous post, Cleaning Out my GoAnimate Account - Unused and Unfinished, you'll recognise this sketch as a kind of sequel to the Super Charge/Superman metal detector sketch in my Unused and Unfinished animation. In fact that particular scene is directly referenced in the Ironman sketch.

You may also recognise my Ironman character (well as close as you can get to Ironman with GoAnimate's Comedy World Character Creator) from my Charlie Sheen animation, Charlie Sheen agrees to Rehab. I've been looking for a reason to use him again since Comedy World characters cost real money to buy and he only had a cameo role in the Charlie animation.

Ironman Vs Metal Detector has been received remarkably well (55 recommendations in 5 days) for a Quick App animation. Typically Quick Apps struggle to get views due to their visual similarity. Except for the script people have generally seen all the animation many times over.

I like to think it's the script writing that has been the major player but I'm sure it didn't hurt that both characters are custom Comedy World Characters and therefore haven't been seen many times over. Also Ironman's popularity with two kick ass movies may be something of a draw card too.

Long Time Waiting...

Another of GoAnimate's Quick Apps takes popular culture and familiar icons/items and gives them a voice with Talking Picz. I first used this theme in Smart Phones - Lost. This time I take an alternative look at Mount Rushmore with its Presidential sculptures. They're not really a tourist attraction, they've just been waiting for so long they've become one...

Long Time Waiting... by etourist

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Mt. Rushmore from the Canadian Side.
This animation was inspired by an image that's been doing the rounds of social media for a while now called 'Mt Rushmore from the Canadian side' which forces you to think differently about the monument in a very humorous idea.

I happened to be looking at the Mt Rushmore image on GoAnimate and suddenly thought the arrangement of the heads look remarkably like people queuing.

I did a bit of research on Mt. Rushmore and discovered that each head was dedicated in a different year (those are the years mentioned in the animation) with Lincoln's head being dedicated before Roosevelt's. Giving a bit of factual credence to Theo's queue jumping.

From there I did a bit more research on each President to see if I could incorporate more historic references relating to each one such as Theodore's catch phrase 'speak softly but carry a big stick' and linking Jefferson to his authorship of the Declaration of Independence.

It's always risky linking humor to historical references because it can kill the joke flat if people don't know what you're referring to. Hopefully my references aren't too obscure or there's still enough there to find funny if you aren't familiar with the history.

Cleaning Out My GoAnimate Account - Unused and Unfinished

I've been in something of a creative funk in terms of creating GoAnimations of late. I had quite a few unfinished projects in my account holding me back from starting anything new. Wanting to finish things that I had started but lost a lot of enthusiasm for was really getting to me because I don't like to quit on ideas once they've started to take shape.

Finally I decided that enough was enough and it was time to cut these ideas loose. However looking through them, I thought there were some ideas that had potential and it would be a shame to just delete them. I also noticed I still had my partially finished and unused third Bat Storm trailer. Since I did spend some time working on these ideas I thought it might be interesting to show them off in a kind of 'deleted scenes' style animation.

To that end I've put together 'Unused and Unfinished'. A collection of scenes from all my unfinished works that I've decided to discontinue.

Unused and Unfinished by etourist

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Some points of interest in this animation include:
  • The scene with Bat Storm attempting to buy a cape is the original seed idea for my later Lil Peepz Bat Star Animation I'd like to buy a Cape.
  • The scene with the glasses wearing character being zapped onto a hill side was for an animation based on the original story idea I had for The Extraordinary Tourist - the character that I created and adopted the name as my online nickname. The character in the animation is based on myself.
  • Joyce, the green haired girl from GoAnimate's Cartoon Classics theme, has some pretty unusual animation sequences that I thought would be perfect for a horror animation trailer. Plus she can hold almost any weapon with unnerving authority - a little like Hit Girl from Kick Ass.
  • The Youtube Complaints Dept. sequence was going to be the next episode in the series but I spent so much time responding to comments on my Harry Partridge response video that the idea of doing a Youtube complaints video became tedious.
  • The Slime Alien was a character designed by GoAnimate user Dalek32 who seemed to loose interest in having the character made so I never finished all the actions.
  • The Idolization Overdose trailer was a collaboration project that I pulled the plug on due to 'creative differences'. A script for episode one was written but never animated.
  • The stick figure creeping up to the fire hydrant was an experimental idea where I was trying to make the stick figure and the world around it look like it was cut from paper.
  • The How to Look After Your Zombie section was an animation I did a lot of research for on Zombies and even partially wrote a script for. However I found it too difficult to translate my ideas using GoAnimate characters - and I didn't want to do a lot of flash animation work just to make it happen.
  • The stick figure Batman and Joker I created originally to try my ideas for the Matrix 360 degree spin that I eventually used Lil' Peepz characters to create in Re-Animatrix. I created the stick figure Batmobile after creating a Domo Batmobile on Domo Animate in a currently unreleased animation.
  • The Robocop section is taken from a script I started to write and intended to animate with Crazy Talk  Animator but decided I rather animate my own characters than spend all my time working on a Robocop animation. Below is a really rough test I did using Crazy Talk Animator


  • The final Happy Bunny music video for the song Wish You Well by Bernard Fanning was something I started just because I noticed the Happy Bunny theme background with Happy Bunny walking towards camera reminded me of the actual video for the song. I toyed with the idea of recreating the whole video using the Happy Bunny theme.
That's about it. I hope you found my unused and unfinished scenes of some interest and that this article gives you a little bit of context for some of the scenes.

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