GoAnimate, now known as "Vyond" as of its rebrand in May 2018 and formerly styled as Go!Animate, is a website that allows people to make their own animated videos, originally using Adobe Flash but now currently using the HTML5 standard.
The original goal of the service was to make animation free for anyone and this was incentivized by the community features on the site that were phased out between 2013 and 2016. Before 2015, users could either use the "Quick Video Maker", which offered several ready-made "animated shorts" (some of which are based on licensed properties) with the settings and actions already selected, a small cast of characters to choose from, and the ability for you to write dialogue, or the "Full Featured Video Maker", where you can start from scratch and select almost everything by yourself. During this period, it was used by some noted animation personalities such as Paul Dini, who used it to produce his web series Super Rica and Rashy.
GoAnimate/Vyond is best known for its "X Gets Grounded" videos, also simply known as "grounded videos". Primarily made by kids, these videos detail the misadventures of various characters as they cause or get themselves into trouble in all manner of ways, followed by them getting busted and grounded (grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded) by their parents for absurd lengths of time. These videos are especially known for the troublemakers usually being characters from TV shows aimed at preschoolers, such as Caillou and Dora the Explorer, or simply individuals that the users hold contempt towards.
In late 2015, the company announced their shift from Adobe Flash to the new HTML5 standard in January 2016 and removed any video-making feature not centered around business. The other themes were immediately incompatible with HTML5, with the business theme rebuilt in the format for its business customers. The removal of these themes resulted in a backlash from users unfamiliar with the HTML5 standard, though the major decline of Adobe Flash and the growing importance of mobile devices that work with HTML5 meant GoAnimate had to do something to keep up with current trends. On May 6, 2018, the website was rebranded to Vyond, with a new focus on providing easy-to-use animations for businesses and other professional uses.
As of 2020, a group of coders in the fandom managed to successfully create a port of the old Legacy Video Maker named "Wrapper Offline", which doesn't require the internet to run and is a mostly-complete copy of the older assets. And in 2023, there has been the release of FlashThemes, which is a complete restoration of how the site looked and worked in 2010-2012, while keeping some of the newer features. It does not include any themes that Vyond still uses and doesn't retain any name references to GoAnimate for copyright reasons.
You can find it here.
Now I am going to list all the tropes featured in GoAnimate and Vyond videos. (points again):
Across most videos
In specific videos
Tropes with their own pages:
- OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH. TROPER, HOW DARE YOU EDIT THIS PAGE. THAT'S IT. YOU ARE GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED GROUNDED FOR 14713240821340321564657898700006665436878782386213709 YEARS. That means no TV Tropes, no TV, no video games, no Chuck E. Cheese's, no ice cream, no pizza, no life and more. GO TO YOUR ROOM RIGHT NOW. Also, tomorrow is Punishment Day.