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. It has been used even by some noted animation personalities such as Paul Dini, who used it to produce his web series Super Rica and Rashy. The original goal of the service was to make animation free for anyone and this was incentivised by the community features on the site that were phased out between 2013 and 2016.
Signing up is free for 14 days, though you must upgrade to a paid account if you want to have access to their full resources. The site originally had most of its features free with additional features available with "GoPlus", but in 2015 this was dropped after the website became pay-only. You must be at least 13 years old to join, but like everything else limited by the American Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), many younger than 13 just disregard this requirement and put in another birth year. In addition, you must have an official business website and address to use it.
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 (different for each), and the ability for you to write dialogue, or the "Full Featured Video Maker" (now the only option), where you can start from scratch and select almost everything by yourself: settings, actions, sounds, FX, etc. (though again, you have a limited cast to use).Reminder You can also make more characters and post your videos on YouTube, but that requires a paid account. Note that any videos you publish will have a watermark indicating they were made by GoAnimate/Vyond (though you can pay to have it removed.)
GoAnimate/Vyond would probably just be your standard run-of-the-mill video-making website if it wasn't for a series of videos that sent the website and video maker into infamy - the "X Gets Grounded" videos. Primarily made by young 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.
In late 2015, the company announced their shift to the new HTML5 standard in January 2016 and remove any video-making feature not centered on 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 users unfamiliar with the HTML5 standard lashing out at the site's employees for removing them, 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.note Site creator Alvin Hung also took large amounts of abuse, but it's likely he knows about the "grounding" fanbase and was growing tired of the platform being used to make that type of content, seeing the platform as a serious tool for business use.
Those who didn't flock to other alternatives like Plotagon stuck to the website's educational membership, GoAnimate for Schools, because the popular Comedy World theme lived on there note . On July 26, 2016, the old themes were sunsetted on the school site (timed for the new school year), leaving only those lucky enough to save old characters, themes and props as "starters" to use them in future videos. However, a limited amount of the old themes are not permanently disabled and can still be accessed as code; users have used extensions that play with website links like Requestly to bring back the older themes and creators using the said code.
On May 6, 2018, the website was rebranded to Vyond and confirmed the obvious, saying the Flash themes would be done after the 2018-19 school year and ending further sign-ups to the Schools version of the site. Pricing for using the site is now much higher, likely meant for small companies and large corporations. This seemed like the final blow to GoAnimate's unusual fandom... but enterprising users have already found ways to get the old themes to work in the apparently HTML5-exclusive Vyond. Simply put, it doesn't look like they're going anywhere any time soon, if ever.
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. This has created an interesting phenomenon where some users have stayed with the original site and use the new themes, while others have gone with the new program to 'recapture the past'.
You can find it here.
Now has a Characters page for recurring characters in the videos made with the website, related to grounding or otherwise.
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.