Before Flash, Before Mario Paint, We Had "The Animatior 2000" by Ohio Art

2008-04-29 11:50:43 by Randy-Solem
Updated

You should all know of the company Ohio Art. creator of the infamous Etch-A-Sketch. Well In 1986 they introduced "The Animator" a primitive device, which was basically a digital etch a sketch. It had dials like the EAS, and one of it's ony features was you could animate just 12 frames of pixel art. Paltry by today's standards.

The next year they introduced "The Animator 2000". This machine could create 24 frames of animation, but also included extra features like a cartridge for saving your animation, as well as other cartridges to save your game. I'll never forget the day I played the demo at KB, and begged and begged my dad I wanted it for christmas. It WAS educational right?!

The Animator 2000 was ahead of its time back in 1987, as it used a primitive touch screen and style for you to draw digital art using its using rather large black pixels But back then it was heaven to me. I actually made my first Mario movie with it, having him run up to a ? block and pound out a mushroom. (after studying the sprite designs best I could on my TV. Of course it was a start, and is what started me onto the road of flash animations I make today. Mario Paint for the SNES would later become my new love, with it's mouse, colors, and many other features, but it was the Animator 2000 that started my love my computer animaton.
For more info and a photo of this machine check out my blog, VGDC PIPELINE

Before Flash, Before Mario Paint, We Had "The Animatior 2000" by Ohio Art


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KhrisKhris

2008-04-29 12:01:38

looks like a fucking DS...awsome


JonJon

2008-04-29 12:04:45

that actually looks immense, even by todays standards.

Randy-Solem responds:

yeh it was big, almost the size of a notebook. but had a nice drawing screen. What was cool was you would have to hold one of the left or right top gray buttons to start drawing as you touched the pad. No pressure sensitive wacoms at that time.


MadnessAppleMadnessApple

2008-04-29 12:40:39

super sonic vs mario!


GreenskullkidGreenskullkid

2008-04-30 00:11:18

haha, thats awesome.. do they still sell them.. I hope :3


CoincidenceCoincidence

2008-04-30 00:35:01

Whoa! That's a pretty nifty looking device! Looks like a huge DS.

Tell me, does it play games?


MysticShinHanKuMysticShinHanKu

2008-04-30 00:38:04

Ha! As said...looks like a DS. At first when you were saying "before the..." I was like ...before? That's a DS! lol

Very cool though, I'd love to try one out.

Mario Paint was incredible though.


PiGPENPiGPEN

2008-04-30 04:27:56

So before you used to steal art you used to actually make it?!
IM SHOCKED SIR!


PiGPENPiGPEN

2008-04-30 04:28:43

IM SERIOUS! SHOCKED@!


PiGPENPiGPEN

2008-04-30 04:29:16

HE USED TO DRAW HIS SPRITES!
WOW!


EmanhattanEmanhattan

2008-04-30 11:35:20

look at that old hero

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makes me wanna cry

hey randy where have you been the last 17 years of NG??? please send in something


ZJZJ

2008-04-30 15:44:48

That's badass. I want one for retroness.


TjATjA

2008-04-30 18:05:03

i used something called "advanced GIF" or something similar, before flash was created


notoriousnotorious

2008-04-30 20:17:51

man by having 20 years of animation experience you think you could do better than ripping sprites by now


jackblissjackbliss

2008-05-01 17:29:11

Um... this may be a stupid question but do you perchance still have the first Mario animation you did with this Animator 2000 saved in a cartridge somewhere?


latino-toidlatino-toid

2008-05-04 11:29:04

Finally SOmething news

Yeah i remeber Mario Paint


HendertakerHendertaker

2008-05-11 17:47:41

Wow .. well i have a difrent little story about aniamting..
i first started with those kid lap tops that had a tiny screen and games and all that, when i was 6 years old ,and it had a game that was called animation fun and u chosed your BG your character and the action you wanted him to do
there where like 3 options each XD
and then when i got a real computer i just wanted to know how to amke animations, and since i did not know about any program i tried with power point and made lots of sprite movies there XD
then my sister came home one day with a program called "Corel"
and it had lots of programs and i found one called "coral rave" i think most of you know it and i made my first flash animation there, it was so cool but i lost them years ago...
then i discoverd macromedia and i was like OMG its so easy to use (since RAVE was kind of hard and your movie size was like 40 mb and it always got huge)
and that's how it started all :)


HendertakerHendertaker

2008-05-11 22:47:53

O and by the way i always wondered are you realy 73 O=?
or what is your age ^^?


TrixiaoyuTrixiaoyu

2008-05-17 13:31:35

The Animatior 2000, so this is some OLD SKOOL animation software?

Who used it and can it connected to a PC?


DucktapegirlDucktapegirl

2008-05-18 00:37:53

A little off topic, but where do you get your sprite backgrounds? I can't find any good ones.


GoldenPickaxeGoldenPickaxe

2008-06-02 11:27:03

Like jackbliss said,can you show us a video of your old mario animation?Please?


Ninsega091Ninsega091

2008-06-11 08:28:14

When exactly is Mario Gets Luck Again coming out?


Spartan204Spartan204

2008-06-15 01:08:11

I know this has nothing to do with anything above, but Zango sure has you site by the balls, huh? I've always been a tremendous fan of your work and I visit your site frequently with the hope that you have a new movie up, and every time Zango tries to force me into downloading their product. I know that sites cost money, so I can understand, just putting that out there...


seelkadoom9000seelkadoom9000

2008-08-19 04:07:32

wait if your so old why are you still in newgrounds i mean the jon profesional idiot old poeple dont talk that way


Mat-The-speedstarMat-The-speedstar

2008-08-27 10:00:57

Holy crap, are you really over 70 years old?!


LLEDNARTWEMLLEDNARTWEM

2008-08-29 06:23:01

Really?


TOXlCITYTOXlCITY

2008-09-08 00:07:53

Your Website Is An Attack Site With Viruses
Please Try To Get The Fuck Rid Of Them


XmenaceXmenace

2008-09-10 21:28:42

Woah, to think that that was the beginning of you making awesome sprite movies


higgleshiggles

2008-09-19 03:36:22

Why were so many good accessorys made in 1986?


Legend-of-ZeldaLegend-of-Zelda

2008-09-27 03:42:17

Your avatar is totally Newground Mod worthy.


DevourerJayDevourerJay

2008-10-12 04:48:23

that takes me back... WAY back


olipidoolipido

2008-10-14 21:46:55

your the only person who i know is vgdc who hasnt submitted a mario green mushroom chase flash....why not? isnt it almost over? your the best vgdc guy out there! you gotta make one!


Wraith2000Wraith2000

2008-10-17 14:45:45

73?


PlayTheGamePlayTheGame

2008-11-02 19:39:10

oh holy shit dong


BluemidgetguyBluemidgetguy

2008-12-18 18:52:51

MAKE ANOTHER EPIC!


MasterSarge300MasterSarge300

2009-01-17 07:26:34

Damn... I wish I could have lived in your time and got this game.

It looks kinda cool.


BazookaJackBazookaJack

2009-05-07 20:30:21

stop being such a mario nerd lol


Silentbob3561Silentbob3561

2009-08-01 20:39:41

i know this has nothing to do with this old post but if you read this, what happened to your site? i used to love it but now it just attacks computers with viruses and stuff. Why do you let this happen? plz get rid of zango and use something else to make money for your site. thanks.


huntdawg98huntdawg98

2009-08-06 17:43:32

you should make another awsome mario series


jakenator85jakenator85

2009-08-20 22:06:00

I never heard of you.


ReviewmakerReviewmaker

2009-09-07 23:20:54

I guess you died...?


DYNAKYRISDYNAKYRIS

2009-09-14 16:00:39

EEEEEEH?! You mean there was a version of the Etch-A-Sketch Animator which you could ACTUALLY SAVE STUFF ON?!?!?!?! Holy CRAP. If I had known about this thing in '92, I might've asked for this one instead...


TheToolOfTheDayTheToolOfTheDay

2009-10-27 21:56:45

kinda looks like a gameboy


Goldfire64Goldfire64

2009-11-08 04:10:43

I miss you.

Come back to us.


NGFreak7496NGFreak7496

2009-11-09 04:24:04

are you really 74 CAUSE AN OLD MAN ON NEWGROUNDS THATS JUST WIERD


NGFreak7496NGFreak7496

2009-11-09 04:24:45

WE REALLY MISS YOU COME BACK TO US PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SOBS SOBS


RazandBullidomRazandBullidom

2009-11-14 16:41:30

If he truly was 74 maybe he's dead from old age?


MrSaturn33MrSaturn33

2009-11-27 22:47:01

Dude, we miss you. I tried going to your site, and there's this ad that makes me install some weird toolbar just to view it. Are you aware of this? Not even a blog post? I even PMed you. Dude, I don't even care if you stop making flash at this point. At least tell us what's been going on.


LittleluckylinkLittleluckylink

2009-12-15 14:19:35

You guys are idiots. He's not REALLY 75.
He's fucking 30 or something.


PixelJCPixelJC

2010-01-12 03:28:26

I would so buy that any more out or is it a rare item :L


ZagmenOZagmenO

2010-07-05 21:34:42

Where the hell are you, man!? You're the one that got me into Newgrounds!