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US Election 2012 and Men In Black on GoAnimate

GoAnimate recently launched it's new US Election 2012 theme with a stylish set of new characters reminiscent of newspaper editorial cartoons.

You can check the characters out right away by clicking the above link which will take you to the GoAnimate Quick App for the theme. Making your first Election 2012 animation is as simple as following the four step process in the quick app.

If you want to make something a little more advanced you'll need to choose the Full-Featured App option which will fire up the GoAnimate studio.

For me the new theme is an excellent reason to fire up a second episode of my popular Men In Black series from a year or so ago.

The premise is that Barack Obama is nearing the end of his term as President and, as a particularly gifted MIB agent who can see through disguises, he spots the Evil Genius Sock Monkey, Rashy (from the first episode), posing as Republican Candidate, Newt Gingrich.

Watch part 1 below. Future parts of this episode will be posted to this blog as I make them.

Men in Black 2 by etourist

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If you take the time to watch the first episode, or are already familiar with it, the first thing you'll notice is that Agent A (or AKON) is no longer present. Unfortunately GoAnimate's license with AKON's team expired some time ago and the theme was removed. Which is a real shame because I really liked AKON's theme even though it had severe restrictions on audio that could be used with it.

A side effect of that was that the AKON theme had all the cool sunglasses that featured in the first series so these disappeared too. Luckily GoAnimate's Full Energy theme had some sunglasses that were pretty close -  though they were designed for a character with a much larger face. As a result they have to be sized and just placed in front of the characters faces because attaching them causes them to become too large and incorrectly placed.

That aside, I think the new political character designs do give episode two a fresh new look and, because I'm not using the AKON theme the characters can actually speak their lines. Though I've chosen to keep the speech balloons in because I feel the text does give cues as to how something is said - particularly if the character is shouting.

There's not too much else to be said. I hope you enjoy this new episode and take a moment to let me know what you thought.

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