Want to make a cartoon but aren’t sure how to get started? There are a variety of different animated cartoon maker options out there so we thought we’d answer everyone’s questions about the different types of cartoon makers out there, including:
- How to work with them?
- How long they take to make an animated cartoon?
- What they cost to work with?
- …and more!
Types Of Animated Cartoon Makers
When it comes to animated cartoon makers, there are a few different things you could be referring to. A cartoon maker could be:
- A freelance animator that makes cartoons.
- An animated video production company or studio.
- An online service with pre-created characters and scenes that you can use to make your own animated cartoons.
- Or VideoIgniter.com – we’re an online animated cartoon maker for people that want to have animators create a custom animated cartoon videos for them.
Pros and Cons of Working with a Freelance Cartoon Maker
Pros: One of the most affordable ways to work with an animator.
Cons: Hard to find and trust the right cartoon maker for your specific project. Sometimes people underbid projects to seem cheap but then you end up needing to spend more money to make the video polished & presentable.
Pros And Cons Of Working With An Animation Studio
Pros: Animation studios can make any kind of video you can imagine. Great for making longer animated video cartoons over 5 minutes long.
Cons: More expensive than hiring a freelance animator. Projects take longer to produce.
Pros And Cons Of Using A Web Service To Make Cartoons
Pros: Lowest cost option to make animated cartoons.
Cons: You have to make the cartoon yourself. Your video will be made using pre-created assets so you video won’t look completely original; someone else is also making videos using the same characters and scenes featured in your video.
Pros And Cons Of Using Video Igniter To Make Animated Cartoon Videos
Pros: We can make any kind of custom animated cartoon you can imagine and we cost less than hiring a traditional animation studio. Just tell us what you want us to create and we handle everything for you. Our online platform helps to speed up production so you can get your video produced faster than you would working with an animation studio.
Cons: We don’t work with clients in person unless you’re in Washington or California (we’re available 24/7 online though!)
Examples of Custom Animated Cartoons We Can Help You Make
How to use an online animated cartoon maker service to make my own video?
Here’s an overview of what the production process is like when you use an online animated cartoon maker like Canva, PowToon or Wideo to make an animated cartoon yourself:
Develop Your Script
The first step of the production process is for you to develop your video script. You need to organize what you’re going to say in each scene. This way, you’ll have some structure when you start laying out all the visuals for each scene.
Think Through The Visuals
After your script is finalized, brainstorm what you want to show for each sentence in your script. Make sure that all of the scenes, objects and characters are available with the online animated cartoon maker service you are using.
Record The VoiceOver
Watch this video about voiceovers to learn how you can record your own professional quality voiceover at home for free. You don’t need to spend any money on professional equipment or fancy software.
Lay Out Your Scenes + Add VoiceOver
Start a new project in your online animated cartoon maker of choice. Insert your voiceover tracks for each character so that you can establish the timing for each scene. Then, use the pre-created characters, objects and background scenes to lay out each scene of your cartoon in sync with the timing of your voiceover.
Now that all the scenes are laid out, it’s time to animate all the motions in sync with your voiceover.
Add Music + SFX
After you’ve finished the timing of all the animation details, you can use your cartoon maker to upload music and sound effects to enhance certain moments in your animated cartoon.
Export Your Video
Now that you’re finished creating the video, export the file so you can share it with people.
How to hire an animation studio or freelancer (or Video Igniter) to make an animated cartoon
- 9 Things to Look For When Hiring An Animator to create an animation.
- How to hire an animator?
- How to outsource an animated video project?
- What goes into production cost of an animated video?
- What’s the difference between hiring an animation studio, a freelance animator and Video Igniter?
- Pros and Cons of Different Animation Styles.
- Learn the different types of online animated video makers.
- Interested in 3D animation? Read about 3D animation makers.
- What is Video Igniter Animation?
- Need your video fast? Learn about rush delivery.
What is the production process like working with an animated cartoon maker?
Your cartoon maker will help develop the video script for your cartoon. They will send you the first draft of the script as soon as it is ready to review. Share your feedback with your cartoon maker so they can incorporate your edits. You get another chance to review the script and request revisions before approving the script for production.
Your script will then get turned into a storyboard. What is a storyboard, you ask? The storyboard is the blueprint for your cartoon. It tells the illustrators and animators what to create. Each page of your storyboard includes a sentence from your script, a rough mockup or sketch of the visuals and instructions for the illustrators and animators.
Give the storyboard a detailed review. It’s important that it documents all the details you want to show in your animated cartoon. Without proper documentation, how will the illustrators and animators know what you want them to create? Collect your feedback and share it with your cartoon maker so they can integrate your revisions.
The illustration process starts with the creation of concept art. Concept art helps the production team understand what visual style should be used for all of the illustrations that need to be created for your video. The art team will review your style preferences and take a key scene from your storyboard to illustrate with one or more unique visual styles.
Let the art team know which visual style you like best and then they will use that as a visual reference to create all of the rest of the art for your cartoon.
You will get a chance to review all the illustrations and share feedback with your cartoon maker before approving the art for production.
After the storyboard is approved, your cartoon maker will help you audition voiceover talent for your video. They will get one or more VO auditions from each voice / character in your animated cartoon. Give them all a listen and let your cartoon maker know which version you prefer. The cartoon maker will then oversee the recording of the full voiceover for each character to ensure they use the proper tone, energy, pacing and pronunciation. You will get an opportunity to review the full recording(s) and request revisions before approving the voiceover(s) for production.
Your cartoon maker will also help you select some soundtracks to enhance certain moments in your animated video. Give the soundtrack options a listen and let the production team know which one(s) you prefer. If you can’t decide, it’s ok to wait until the first draft of your animated cartoon is ready so that you can preview the soundtrack(s) alongside your video.
Now that everything is approved, your cartoon maker can animate! It takes about one week to animate a 60 second 2D animated cartoon. When the first draft is ready, give it a detailed review with your team. Organize your feedback and share it with your cartoon maker so they can incorporate your revisions and render the final draft of your animated cartoon video.
What does it cost to use a cartoon maker?
Freelance animators and animation studios charge between $1,500-$50,000 to create custom animated 2D content. Most 2D animated cartoons can be made for less than $10,000 per minute. 3D animated cartoons take 2-4x as much money to produce.
DIY animation services like Canva, Wideo and PowToon cost $12.99-$100/month to use.
You can request access to Video Igniter Animation’s current price sheet for animated cartoon video projects.
How long does it take to make a cartoon?
Depends on the length and style of the animated cartoon that’s being made. For context:
- A 60 second 2D animated cartoon takes 3-6 weeks to make.
- A 60 second 3D animated cartoon takes 2-3x as much time to make.
- A 60 minute 2D cartoon movie takes 4-12+ months to make.
- A 60 minute 3D cartoon movie takes 5 months-2 years to make.
Still have questions about animated cartoon makers?
Still have questions about cartoon makers? Use this form to get in touch with our production team and ask your question. We’ll send you a reply via email and post the question + answer to this page.
What is Video Igniter Animation?
Video Igniter Animation is an online animated video production service. By working with our team online, you can get your custom animated video produced faster and for less than hiring a brick and mortar animation studio.
Get In Touch About Our Cartoon Maker Service
Schedule a call with our production team to talk about making your cartoon.
Get a quote for us to make your cartoon.