Plotagon is a Swedish website that allows people to make their own animated videos. Signing up is free, though you must pay if you want to have access to all of their backgrounds and characters, though you can make your own of the latter. You must be at least 13 years old to join, but like everything else limited by the American COPPA act, many younger than 13 just disregard this requirement and put in another birth year.
You can also make more characters and post your videos on YouTube. Unlike GoAnimate, there is no watermark throughout the video or "created with" logo at the end of each video. Posting a video is free, unlike GoAnimate. Unlocking all the site's other features costs a mere $3.
Plotagon would just be another video-making website if the "X Gets Grounded" videos weren't migrated to the site after the GoAnimate HTML5 scandal. Primarily made by young kids, the "grounded" videos detail the misadventures of various kids 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 trouble-making kids usually being characters from TV shows aimed at young kids, such as Caillou and Dora the Explorer. However, GoAnimate is more well-known, popular, and grounded videos are associated more with GoAnimate as such.
It is even harder to pull off non-human characters when using Plotagon than it is when using GoAnimate, due to lack of stock image compatibility. This is essentially why characters like Barney, Thomas the Tank Engine, and the Teletubbies were dropped almost completely.
Unlike GoAnimate, the Plotagon creators seem perfectly okay with Grounded videos, and don't seem to be switching to paid-only accounts. In fact, Plotagon may not even be aware of these types of videos, and even if they were, they wouldn't mind because Plotagon isn't as popular as GoAnimate.
The Plotagon creators are not remotely amused by Grounded videos or their creators, actively deleting accounts when said creators start spamming the comments of their beloved "Featured Plotagonists". Grounded plots have been hard-coded from appearing in anyone's feed and are viewed as uncreative. Plotagon, though considering paid only accounts behind the scenes, views that implementing such a policy would drive away its most popular users.
Tropes that apply to Plotagon:
- Adapted Out: A lot of characters in grounded videos had to have been dropped due to being impossible to make without props, which Plotagon lacks.
- Beat: Nearly every comedian on Plotagon uses this trope liberally.
- One is added whenever you start a new scene, though it can be skipped.
- Beach Episode: The beach scene. Usually accompanied by cheery Caribbean music.
- Computer Virus: A few Barney Error videos have been made, and they`re... alright.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Grounded videos often show the troublemakers getting slapped, pushed, force choked, teased (touched in the chest) and shaken for whatever reason (even a minor one).
- Does Not Like Shoes: Want a character to be like this? You can.
- Enfant Terrible: Still as present as ever.
- Episode on a Plane: There`s airport scenes, plane included.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Yes, Caillou is pronounced as "kayloo" here. If you were wondering.
- Large Ham: Some of the character animations allow a character to be this, "beating chest" and "rage" in particular.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Naturally, as you`ll need to create many alternate versions of a character to display variants.
- Operating System: OS videos are out there, like this one, or this one.
- Running Gag: The changelogs constantly mention bunny slippers for some reason.
- Skewed Priorities: This video has Boris get injured in a car crash after Caillou says "Do you kno da wae", but he cares more about being unable to work instead of his injuries.
- Synthetic Voice Actor: Well, duh. Though you can record your own voice.