Get Creative, Be Happy

If kids are part of your life, you probably already know the work of Peter H. Reynolds. Peter’s simple, charming books — Ish, The Dot, and Someday – encourage kids to be creative by teaching that what they make, “doesn’t have to be perfect, only perfect-ish.” His books are bestsellers and a favorite among kids, parents, and teachers alike. Peter’s talent isn’t confined to the written word. He and his twin brother, Paul, co-own an educational software company called FableVision. Their most recent creation? A program called Animation-ish. The program allows kids to indulge in “screen time” in a safe and fun way. (No advertisements or violent content – hooray!) The easy-to-use software lets kids make their own animated movies, greeting cards, websites, and presentations. The program is available to download, so you can buy it on a rainy day and get designing before the chorus of “I’m bored” reaches a deafening roar. The program is packed full of more than 50 video tutorials and quick tips. Our 10-year-old tester was up and running in minutes – allowing mom some time for her own creative pursuits. Cool Software + Happy Kids = Something Close to Perfect-ish. And that’s plenty good enough.

FableVision "Animation-ish"

Animation Software

Get Creative, Be Happy

If kids are part of your life, you probably already know the work of Peter H. Reynolds. Peter’s simple, charming books — Ish, The Dot, and Someday – encourage kids to be creative by teaching that what they make, “doesn’t have to be perfect, only perfect-ish.” His books are bestsellers and a favorite among kids, parents, and teachers alike. Peter’s talent isn’t confined to the written word. He and his twin brother, Paul, co-own an educational software company called FableVision. Their most recent creation? A program called Animation-ish. The program allows kids to indulge in “screen time” in a safe and fun way. (No advertisements or violent content – hooray!) The easy-to-use software lets kids make their own animated movies, greeting cards, websites, and presentations. The program is available to download, so you can buy it on a rainy day and get designing before the chorus of “I’m bored” reaches a deafening roar. The program is packed full of more than 50 video tutorials and quick tips. Our 10-year-old tester was up and running in minutes – allowing mom some time for her own creative pursuits. Cool Software + Happy Kids = Something Close to Perfect-ish. And that’s plenty good enough.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Nicole, Fablevision
    Nicole, Fablevision

    Animation-ish™ is the animation program with a mission. Animation-ish is designed to encourage creative thinking in everyone, from kids to grown up kids. The program's simple-to-use tools, engaging design, and multiple levels of complexity offer a fun, rewarding experience that gives you the courage to create with confidence. You can easily export your animations in a variety of formats to share with the world!

    Animation-ish can be used at home and in the classroom. It sparks creative thinking and imagination, and provides engaging activities that integrate creativity across the curriculum.

    Animation-ish is hosted by NY Times best-selling author/illustrator and "creativity advocate" Peter H. Reynolds. Through his award-winning books (The Dot, Ish, and The North Star), Peter has inspired millions around the globe to pursue authentic, lifelong learning. The "ish-ful" philosophy espoused in his books infuses every facet of the program.

    Video clips of Peter's inspirational tips and a library of his whimsical drawings are just a click away whenever you need a creative nudge. You can also view online animation lessons from Peter and his team of animators from FableVision Learning.

    We look forward to reading your comments and are happy to answer your questions. Thanks!

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Grommet Team
    7/17/2009 12:22 PM

    This software really knocked my socks off. As mom to two elementary-aged children, I see infinite possibilities for creative fun with Animation-ish. Once again, I encourage you to watch the video, which gives you an idea of how the software works and provides access to our visit with Peter H. Reynolds. In my opinion, he is a "rock star" in the world of creative expression for kiddos.

  • Jenny
    Jenny
    7/17/2009 12:26 PM

    So, don't make fun of me, but I must have completely missed the Peter H. Reynolds series - looks like must-have kids books. I'm not a big fan of video games, but do occassionally get software for my kids. My big question is, how much parental involvement is needed here? Is there a way for them to learn by themselves or is this really a "family activity?" (either one's ok, just want to know what I'm in for, and really do like kids to be able to learn independently - they're 9 and 11). Thanks!!

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    7/17/2009 12:51 PM

    Hi Jenny, The good news is.... now you have heard of Peter H. Reynolds!! You can read more about Peter here. Your 9 and 11 year old children will be able to learn how to use Animation-ish by themselves. If they get stuck all they have to do is click on the "Inspire Me" button in Animation-ish and Peter will pop up in a movie on their screen with tips and suggestions. Kids love learning from Peter's videos. You can view more animations created by kids at: http://fablevisionlearning.com/blog. Keep the questions coming! Have fun, Deb.

  • Heidi
    Heidi
    7/17/2009 2:16 PM

    I absolutely ADORE "The Dot"!! I am so excited to try the program and give my kids the confidence to create like little Vashti.

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    7/17/2009 2:29 PM

    Hi Heidi,

    Yes, your kids will love creating animations with Animation-ish. Have them start with Wiggledoodle-ish and once they become proficient with the tools they can move on to Level 2 and Level 3! Suggest to your kids to click on the Lessons link on the first window that appears when the program opesn and they will be able to watch online videos by Peter H. Reynolds demonstrating how to create animations. I hope you'll let us know what your kids think of Animation-ish.

    Cheers, Deb.

  • Marynell
    Marynell
    7/17/2009 2:49 PM

    Great idea for a gift! Art is awesome.

  • Nicole, Fablevision
    Nicole, Fablevision – Special Guest
    7/17/2009 3:07 PM

    I just wanted to say a couple of things...Animation-ish is a wonderful creativity tool for both home and the classroom! We have some wonderful animation samples from kids and teachers animating everything from poems to plant cycles, long division, recycling and a variety of other topics as well!

    The second thing I wanted to mention is that our creativity guru and tireless leader, Peter H. Reynolds has been nominated as one of five finalists for Entrepreneur Magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year! We're all very proud of Peter and all of the amazingly creative things he produces to inspire us all-including Animation-ish! If you want to cast your vote, here. is the link!

  • Bridget
    Bridget
    7/17/2009 4:48 PM

    This looks really fun, and I'd never have thought about animation software for kids. Would have thought it too hard. Great idea -- I like this.

  • Christine
    Christine
    7/17/2009 9:21 PM

    I have a 10 year old nephew who's imaginative and witty and FUNNY - he's made other videos on other software, but this is so kid-oriented, I think it would be absolutely perfect for him - can't wait to introduce him to it and see what he makes with it!

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    7/18/2009 10:07 AM

    Animation-ish runs great on both Windows and Mac platforms. The animations can be exported in several formats: Flash Movie, QuickTime, AVI, DV Stream, and Image Sequence. So, it's very easy to share your animations with "the World"!

  • Sadie
    Sadie
    7/18/2009 12:09 PM

    Really cool. Did not know about Peter H. Reynolds, until April vacation when we were at the Guggenheim Museum and saw Peter's books in the gift shop. That shop always has the coolest things and now I see this on Grommet! My daughter, the artist, watched this video with me and she knew all about The Dot from school. She loved that book because she said it had "realistic feelings for kids about how it feels to want to draw something but not be able to." Kudos to you Peter for helping kids express their feelings!! Great gift idea for the young artist.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/18/2009 1:21 PM

    @Sadie I loved the story you shared about your daughter's reaction to "The Dot". What a gratifying response for Peter to see, too.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

FableVision "Animation-ish"

Animation Software

Get Creative, Be Happy

If kids are part of your life, you probably already know the work of Peter H. Reynolds. Peter’s simple, charming books — Ish, The Dot, and Someday – encourage kids to be creative by teaching that what they make, “doesn’t have to be perfect, only perfect-ish.” His books are bestsellers and a favorite among kids, parents, and teachers alike.

Peter’s talent isn’t confined to the written word. He and his twin brother, Paul, co-own an educational software company called FableVision. Their most recent creation? A program
called Animation-ish.

The program allows kids to indulge in “screen time” in a safe and fun way. (No advertisements or violent content – hooray!) The easy-to-use software lets kids make their own animated movies, greeting cards, websites, and presentations. The program is available to download, so you can buy it on a rainy day and get designing before the chorus of “I’m bored” reaches a deafening roar.

The program is packed full of more than 50 video tutorials and quick tips. Our 10-year-old tester was up and running in minutes – allowing mom some time for her own creative pursuits.

Cool Software + Happy Kids = Something Close to Perfect-ish. And that’s plenty good enough.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Nicole, Fablevision
    Nicole, Fablevision

    Animation-ish™ is the animation program with a mission. Animation-ish is designed to encourage creative thinking in everyone, from kids to grown up kids. The program's simple-to-use tools, engaging design, and multiple levels of complexity offer a fun, rewarding experience that gives you the courage to create with confidence. You can easily export your animations in a variety of formats to share with the world!

    Animation-ish can be used at home and in the classroom. It sparks creative thinking and imagination, and provides engaging activities that integrate creativity across the curriculum.

    Animation-ish is hosted by NY Times best-selling author/illustrator and "creativity advocate" Peter H. Reynolds. Through his award-winning books (The Dot, Ish, and The North Star), Peter has inspired millions around the globe to pursue authentic, lifelong learning. The "ish-ful" philosophy espoused in his books infuses every facet of the program.

    Video clips of Peter's inspirational tips and a library of his whimsical drawings are just a click away whenever you need a creative nudge. You can also view online animation lessons from Peter and his team of animators from FableVision Learning.

    We look forward to reading your comments and are happy to answer your questions. Thanks!

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Grommet Team
    7/17/2009 12:22 PM

    This software really knocked my socks off. As mom to two elementary-aged children, I see infinite possibilities for creative fun with Animation-ish. Once again, I encourage you to watch the video, which gives you an idea of how the software works and provides access to our visit with Peter H. Reynolds. In my opinion, he is a "rock star" in the world of creative expression for kiddos.

  • Jenny
    Jenny
    7/17/2009 12:26 PM

    So, don't make fun of me, but I must have completely missed the Peter H. Reynolds series - looks like must-have kids books. I'm not a big fan of video games, but do occassionally get software for my kids. My big question is, how much parental involvement is needed here? Is there a way for them to learn by themselves or is this really a "family activity?" (either one's ok, just want to know what I'm in for, and really do like kids to be able to learn independently - they're 9 and 11). Thanks!!

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    7/17/2009 12:51 PM

    Hi Jenny, The good news is.... now you have heard of Peter H. Reynolds!! You can read more about Peter here. Your 9 and 11 year old children will be able to learn how to use Animation-ish by themselves. If they get stuck all they have to do is click on the "Inspire Me" button in Animation-ish and Peter will pop up in a movie on their screen with tips and suggestions. Kids love learning from Peter's videos. You can view more animations created by kids at: http://fablevisionlearning.com/blog. Keep the questions coming! Have fun, Deb.

  • Heidi
    Heidi
    7/17/2009 2:16 PM

    I absolutely ADORE "The Dot"!! I am so excited to try the program and give my kids the confidence to create like little Vashti.

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    7/17/2009 2:29 PM

    Hi Heidi,

    Yes, your kids will love creating animations with Animation-ish. Have them start with Wiggledoodle-ish and once they become proficient with the tools they can move on to Level 2 and Level 3! Suggest to your kids to click on the Lessons link on the first window that appears when the program opesn and they will be able to watch online videos by Peter H. Reynolds demonstrating how to create animations. I hope you'll let us know what your kids think of Animation-ish.

    Cheers, Deb.

  • Marynell
    Marynell
    7/17/2009 2:49 PM

    Great idea for a gift! Art is awesome.

  • Nicole, Fablevision
    Nicole, Fablevision – Special Guest
    7/17/2009 3:07 PM

    I just wanted to say a couple of things...Animation-ish is a wonderful creativity tool for both home and the classroom! We have some wonderful animation samples from kids and teachers animating everything from poems to plant cycles, long division, recycling and a variety of other topics as well!

    The second thing I wanted to mention is that our creativity guru and tireless leader, Peter H. Reynolds has been nominated as one of five finalists for Entrepreneur Magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year! We're all very proud of Peter and all of the amazingly creative things he produces to inspire us all-including Animation-ish! If you want to cast your vote, here. is the link!

  • Bridget
    Bridget
    7/17/2009 4:48 PM

    This looks really fun, and I'd never have thought about animation software for kids. Would have thought it too hard. Great idea -- I like this.

  • Christine
    Christine
    7/17/2009 9:21 PM

    I have a 10 year old nephew who's imaginative and witty and FUNNY - he's made other videos on other software, but this is so kid-oriented, I think it would be absolutely perfect for him - can't wait to introduce him to it and see what he makes with it!

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    7/18/2009 10:07 AM

    Animation-ish runs great on both Windows and Mac platforms. The animations can be exported in several formats: Flash Movie, QuickTime, AVI, DV Stream, and Image Sequence. So, it's very easy to share your animations with "the World"!

  • Sadie
    Sadie
    7/18/2009 12:09 PM

    Really cool. Did not know about Peter H. Reynolds, until April vacation when we were at the Guggenheim Museum and saw Peter's books in the gift shop. That shop always has the coolest things and now I see this on Grommet! My daughter, the artist, watched this video with me and she knew all about The Dot from school. She loved that book because she said it had "realistic feelings for kids about how it feels to want to draw something but not be able to." Kudos to you Peter for helping kids express their feelings!! Great gift idea for the young artist.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/18/2009 1:21 PM

    @Sadie I loved the story you shared about your daughter's reaction to "The Dot". What a gratifying response for Peter to see, too.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.