To mark the occasion, they created a really nice sonorized video compilation of some of the best animations over the last years:
In their statement, Miniclip cites its reasons to “put Sketchy to sleep” as being a mix of its fan base decreasing despite continued development and their desire to focus more on games, which is what they do best. (see 8-ball pool multiplayer their top selling game right now)
It’s very sad to see Sketch Star go, i spent close to 5 years of my life on it and at the same time i support and understand their decision. Sketch Star was a great project. It touched the lives of many people and it had a great run. Have a good sleep Sketchy, may you rest in peace.
In the last month of confusion over Sketch Star future, i have been in touch with some of the most hard core users and talented artists. Together we have been gathering a compilation of youtube videos of the animations that they worked on throughout the years and that i enjoyed so much.
Here they are:
Wonkystick’s Youtube channel
Doctorunk’s Youtube channel
Piterwilson’s Youtube channel – compilation
As for alternatives to Sketch Star, here are a few:
- The Original Flipbook! toy at Benettonplay.com. This website hasn’t had an update in over 7-8 years… and it still works. For the most part.
- Webcanimation! if you want to do frame by frame animation with your webcam (A word of caution as the content there is moderated after the fact).
- GoAnimate Not as noble as Flipbook! or Sketch Star but still good to make cartoons that use pre-made characters. (no so much for drawing)
- DVolver Another tool to make cartoons with pre-made characters and artwork.
- Xtranormal I have seen this one around inYoutTube a lot. Mostly furry cartoon animals that debate Mac vs Pc, iPhone vs Android and lots of curse words.
So there you have it. Is it the last of the draw frame-by-frame animation toys? I can’t say for sure.