’Tis the Season to Get Animated!

We wish you a fun-filled animated holiday season with Bluster, the new free template puppet from the Character Animator team.

Image source: Dave Werner @OkaySamurai.

Not only can you download and animate Bluster yourself, you can also talk to Bluster live! That’s right — blow me over! Talk to a live animated snowman! What’s it like to have a carrot for a nose? When did he start talking? How can I get started in animation? What happens in June? Leave Bluster voicemail questions at 402-577-0175.

Tune in for the live snowman on:

Dec. 17, 10 a.m. PST, via YouTube

Dec. 18, noon PST, via Facebook

Dec. 19, 2 p.m. PST, via Twitch

Dec. 20, 4 p.m. PST, via Instagram

Bluster was designed by Dave Werner, the amazing senior experience designer for Character Animator. Dave is wonderfully creative and has produced games, websites, apps, motion graphics, illustrations, songs, videos, and so much more. You might know him as Okay Samurai. And if you don’t, well, you should — he’s created the best video tutorials for Character Animator.

Bluster is a cool puppet with 20+ triggers/replays, including a sad mouth set, arm gestures, and a heart animation. There is a snow particle system background with cycling promotional callouts. And there is head parallax for a sense of added dimensionality! Edit him in Adobe Illustrator to add your own fun flourishes or flurries. Don’t wait until the snow melts — start animating! Download Bluster and other free puppets and backgrounds here.

There is also a lovely snowgirl, Aurora, on Dave’s page. Check out the many free puppets, including the Aurora puppet.

Want to learn more about using Character Animator? Here you go!