Do you have an idea for a cartoon but lack the animation skills to see it come to life? Don't worry my friend, that's what computers are for. There's so much animation software out the hardest part is culling the waste. These are some of the best:
Creatoon is a simple programme for making 2D animations in the cut-out style (similar to South Park.) It is now available free for download without tech support.
Awesome Animator can be used by amateurs and professionals to create animations and cartoons. Purchase and download it online, or enjoy a free two week trial.
If you have a bit of existing know-how and want to make something a bit more professional, Adobe Flash is the industry standard. It's more expensive and can be hard to use, but the finished product with look sensational.
But what to do with your finished product? Most of these programs have options that help you to upload your product onto the internet. Otherwise, why not get your friends animating and host a short animation film festival?