November 18, 2011: Flipnote Hatena Weekly News


Greetings Flipnote creators and fans. This is Aaron at Hatena in Kyoto, Japan with another Flipnote filled edition of the weekly news.

Technology makes things easier and has changed our lives in so many ways. When I was in school I used to doodle in the corners of my textbooks and make flipbook animations. Technology now makes it possible to do that electronically with tools like Flipnote Studio.

One thing that doesn't change is that you need to practice to be good at something. Creators who we interview for the Hatena Featured Artist often recommend that you practice as much as possible if you want to improve your animations.

I recommend that you try to create animations different from what every one else does. Each and every one of us is unique and we can express our uniqueness with our Flipnotes.

Even if you make a mistake or are not happy with the results of your work, that is not a problem. You haven't wasted any paper or ruined the corner of your textbook by making a Flipnote. On the contrary, you have probably learned something new that will help you to be a better animator in the future.

Why not try to make a Flipnote about the weekly topic? Every week we give you a chance to practice and try something new. We watch everything that gets posted about the weekly topic, and you are all stars in our eyes.

This week we have a fun new weekly topic that we hope that you will enjoy. Keep reading to find out more.

We are looking forward to seeing your Flipnotes!

Flipnote of the Week

★ We really enjoyed this Flipnote by PickyEater (id:AnotherPickyEater) from the Americas region, about a puppy and some bacon thieves.

The best of the last week's topic: "Heavy"

There were over 1,000 Flipnotes posted about last week's topic "Heavy", and here are some of our favorites from around the world.

You can see all of the Flipnotes posted about last week's topic by clicking on the link below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):

Weekly Topic: Heavy

"Heavy" Flipnotes from the Americas region

jeo (id:jerotero) created this funny Flipnote about a heavy mouse.

★ Travel to ancient Egypt in this Flipnote by Najat.T.S (id:gold69).

★ The feather in this animation by Max-kun :) (id:MaxPancakes369) does not seem very heavy...

Luca (id:n644me) posted this Flipnote about a machine used to lift a heavy ball.

★ We enjoyed this animation by Dark Bones (id:w126126) about two characters trying to move a heavy object.

cosmasque (id:cosmasque) made this cute animation about a heavy bird.

"Heavy" Flipnotes from the Europe and Oceania region

geezer (id:geezerdk) posted this humorous story about a heavy playmate.

★ The character in this Flipnote by Matthias (id:Matti) gets into some heavy trouble.

Melissa (id:Millie-Milch24) posted this funny Flipnote about a mysterious box.

thomas (id:gfhiucfoioig) reminds us to be careful when throwing heavy objects.

★ There is something heavy at the bottom of the sea in this animation by ShyGuyXXL (id:S57DU48KQ48F01F47).

josecandel (id:goomer) posted this excellent story about a heavy duckling.

"Heavy" Flipnotes from Japan

Yuuraku (id:gakuon) posted this animation about how much weight a character can hold on his back. The kanji character in the Flipnote means "heavy".

Otonohaco (id:otonohaco) made this Flipnote titled "What is your dream?" about a dream that begins with a heavy stone.

★ We liked the concept of this heavy animation by Kazunoko.

Johnny 3 (id:a3735963) posted this cute Flipnote about gravity.

Ensachi (id:ensacc) created this animation about trying to lift something heavy.

★ Check out the cute animals in this animation by Asurapan (id:kaz872a). Which one is the heaviest?

This week's topic: Kitchen

This week we would like you to create Flipnotes that have something to do with kitchens.

Create Flipnotes about cooking your favorite foods, washing dishes or doing something in the kitchen.

Try animating things like blenders, cups and saucers, cutting boards, food processors, forks, knives and spoons, microwave ovens refrigerators, sinks, toasters, your favorite ingredients or anything you can find in your kitchen.

We are looking forward to seeing your kitchen creations!

Please submit your weekly topic Flipnotes by midnight on November 24, 2011 (Thursday) US Pacific Time, and we will feature some of our favorites on November 25, 2011 (Friday).

You can see all of the Flipnotes currently posted about this week's topic at the URL below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):

Weekly Topic: Kitchen

New Creator's Room Themes

This week we are happy to introduce two new Creator's Room themes. For more information please visit the Color Star Exchange on Flipnote Hatena for Nintendo DSi.

★ This theme features a mysterious time traveler in white clothing. (10 color stars)


★ This theme features a mysterious time traveler in black clothing. (10 color stars)


Frog Sightings

If you are interested in having your frog photo or illustration featured in the "Weekly Frog Sighting" section of the blog please post them on Hatena Haiku and we might feature it here.

Please submit only original photos/illustrations that you have created yourself.

id:danimario9 posted this cute illustration titled "Two Frogs in Love".


id:ProSoccer88 drew this funny frog with prominent eyebrows.


id:ALEESt took a picture of her hand and drew a frog in an image (left), that was later retouched by id:r0mer0. What an excellent collaboration!

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