What are the best cartoon makers?

Ever see yourself as an aspiring cartoonist? This list highlights all of the best cartoon makers which contain features to help you finish those works of art as quickly, conveniently, and efficiently as possible!

asked by Sarcastic world of Pratham Bhatt
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11 solutions
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    #1Renderforest

    Renderforest

    Renderforest is an online and free animation, slideshow, and video maker with many different templates for creating videos and animations, from intros to promotional content and more.

    Online Tools

    Free- Varies by plan

    Jeremy Munoz
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "RenderForest is better for getting renders from rather than creating. Your options are severely limited here unless you pay for them. I'd definitely recommend going elsewhere."
  2. 12

    #2Biteable

    Biteable
    Biteable is a DIY video maker that doesn't require any knowledge on video or animation. Just choose a background and add scenes, characters, sounds and text, or just select one of its video templates and customize it.
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Esteban Orozco
    Written on June 8, 2018
    "Biteable is an easy to use website that allows users to create cartoon and animation using a specialized software. It ranks number 2 here for a reason and I think it is a ranking that is well-deserved. I use this site to create attention-grabbing caricatures and animation for my business and it has paid dividends for me and my team!"
  3. 10

    #3Moovly

    Moovly

    Moovly allows you to build animated content using a wide range of objects. Just drag and drop your selected objects, select an animation, add sound, and adjust the timing. You can adapt the content whenever you need it.

    Websites

    $24.92- Free trial available

    Xu Pan
    Written on June 8, 2018
    "With thousands of samples to choose from, creating interesting cartoons haven't been this easy. With an affordable monthly fee, everyone can produce high-quality cartoons and videos. Moovly is definitely one of the better cartoon and video makers out in the market."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the space where cartoon characters pull out random stuff from thin air is actually called the "hammerspace"? The name apparently came from cartoons developed during The Golden Age of American animation, wherein some characters would suddenly pull out a plot-dependent item from behind their backs no matter how physically huge it is. Such items include but are not limited to, hats, bombs, anvils, guns, and hammers. The term was eventually popularized by fans of the anime show Ranma 1/2, with some believing that the word hammerspace was coined due to one of its character's tendency to pull large hammers out of nowhere.

Despite being a pretty old in-joke within the animation community, the practice of implementing hammerspace is still prevalent in today's animated media. From modern cartoons that cater to kids and/or adults to video games, hammerspace has also been used as a convenient "hand wave" as from where some characters obtain some items in an otherwise serious movie, show, or game. Even some cartoon makers and creators design certain characters and their equipment with the hammerspace already in mind? Funnily enough, despite its widespread usage, this trope is essentially paired with a suspension of disbelief, especially in more serious productions.

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    #4Animaker

    Animaker
    Animaker is a DIY animated video making app. It helps you create studio-quality videos. It offers tones of backgrounds, animated characters and sound effects to choose from.
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Lee Mao
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This app is very fantastic and professional, it helps you video making, and whatever you need to create with motion graphics. I have used it and i am very satisfied with the final product"
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    #5Animation Desk

    Animation Desk
    Animation Desk is an animation app designed by Kdan Mobile Software Company. It's a great drawing application that helps us flesh out every creative idea into animated figures, animated movies and e-cards.
    Apps

    Windows, iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Zhang Li
    Written on June 8, 2018
    "The Animation Desk is one of the best apps for drawing cartoons. Period. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or a professional, this app would allow you to churn out contents that will look like they were made by pros. It is compatible with the iOS, Android, and Microsoft platforms so you'll have the chance to use Animation Desk regardless of your device. "
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    #6GoAnimate

    GoAnimate
    Goanimate is a stylish cartoon maker. You can try it for free during 14 days. Choose a creative theme, a background, modify it, add some characters and give them poses, and finally add voices and sound effects.
    Websites

    Varies by plan

    Zhang Li
    Written on June 8, 2018
    "GoAnimate offers a 14-day trial for users and needless to say, after just a day, I subscribed to their service. That's how good this site is. You'll probably end up subscribing for this service too and like me, you'll end up not regretting that you did. With worldwide support, tutorials, and the tips and tricks on the site alone, you'll be on your way to becoming a very good cartoon and video animator."
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    #7MomentCam

    MomentCam
    MomentCam is an app that lets you create emoticons and cartoons from all your pictures. This app also allows you to share the final pics with family and friends.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Angela Huang
    Written on June 8, 2018
    "I have had this app on my phone since forever and I love it. It allows users to create personalized cartoons on their phones. I even used it to predict how my little kid would like at a certain age. For a free app, there is none better than MomentCam."
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    #8Animation Studio

    Animation Studio

    Animation Studio is a paid app for iOS that allows you to create your own animations, and then export them to any film video format you need. It's both an app to get fun but can be also used by professional cartoonists.

    Apps

    iOS

    $4.99

    Sean Delgado
    Written on June 3, 2018
    "This app works, but not very well. I've ran into bugs that haven't been fixed for weeks, and I'm really disappointed since I paid for this. The stock are looks like really old clip art. The interface is nice despite the clip art, but I can't recommend the app at all until the bugs are fixed. "
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    #9Animate Me

    Animate Me

    Animate Me is an app for iOS devices. With this app, you can create amazing and funny portraits and videos. The app has a lot of eCards and GIFs to insert your photo.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Yan Jiang
    Written on June 8, 2018
    "If you think that there are no free mobile app that allows users to create cartoons, swap faces, GIFs, eCards and more, then you are wrong! I discovered this app Animate Me on this website and I have been using it regularly to troll my friends. Just a bummer that it doesn't run on other platforms. But overall, this is a great app and it definitely should be on this list."
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    #10FlipaClip

    FlipaClip

    FlipaClip is a free application that helps users to do a frame-by-frame animation like a flipbook. With an in-app purchase, users can access additional features of this app. FlipaClip is available for both Android and iOS devices.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    James Polcan
    Written on July 16, 2019
    "The interface of the FlipaClip App is very simple when you use it on your Android and iOS gadgets. Also, make your own cartoon animations using FlipaClip App."
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    #11Adobe Illustrator Draw

    Adobe Illustrator Draw

    Adobe Illustrator Draw allows users to draw elaborated illustrations and organize all your works with this official Adobe app. You will be able to add tons of layers, use a stylus, pencils, pens, and brushes and edit your creations and export them in many different file formats. 

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Wendy Lee
    Written on June 8, 2018
    "I was looking for a mobile app for creating cartoons and I was redirected to this site. I wasn't aware that there is an app called Adobe Illustrator Draw until I saw it on this list. And of course, Adobe has been a staple in photo editing so I decided to give this app a go. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy to use this app is. For a free app, Adobe Illustrator Draw is a good alternative for high-end cartoon maker apps or software."

Summary

Best What are the best cartoon makers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1RenderforestOnline Tools 15 Free
2BiteableWebsites 12 Free
3MoovlyWebsites 10 Paid
4AnimakerWebsites 10 Free
5Animation DeskApps 9 Free
6GoAnimateWebsites 7 Paid
7MomentCamApps 4 Free
8Animation StudioApps 3 Paid
9Animate MeApps 2 Free
10FlipaClipApps 0 Free
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