The Software Search

Finding the right software seems to me is probably one of the most important aspects of this project.  After all it is a tool that will be used day in and day out to produce the cartoon.  Most likely there will be several types of software.  One for animation, maybe one for audio [if not included with the animation software]  Then there is video editing software, maybe special effects software.  Perhaps even some software to keep me organized, as you do not want to spend a week animating something only to realize at the end that you animated yourself into a corner and the week was wasted.

I like the idea of using open source or free software.  However, I worry that they may not have the features I need, or may be hard to learn with little documentation.

I am leaning toward 2d animation, as 3d seems like it would be harder to learn.   I understand the concept of 2d animation better as it is what I have watched most my life.   I still remember when I first saw Toy story, how I stood in awe of what I was seeing.   Being able to reproduce that  effect would be awesome, but I have also seen homemade  3d animation and the medium seems to be less forgiving than 2d.

Ktoon, synfig and pencil are 3 open source 2d programs.  I will check these out and give my impressions of them soon.