While these are the sort of questions producers ask all the time they are antithetic to the concept of animation: if you intend to create a film frame by frame it is going to be time-consuming. Shooting live action is always going to be the quickest form of filmmaking!
You can work fast and loose in drawn animation, painting under the camera, sand animation, cut-out animation, plasticene animation - but only if you know what you're doing will it be any good. You have to put in the time and effort you need to get the results you want - and there lies the key: what do you want? Animation is only a technical definition of a form of filmmaking, not a type of film.
You might as well ask what is the easiest, least time-consuming way to write a book, or make a tv show, or construct a building - the first question is always: what do you want to acheive - only then can you think about the most expedient method of going about it.
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Wow Peter- good answer... I was just going to suggest hiring someone.
There is a site on the web where you just enter the script, and it "animates" some pre-made characters to say your words. Some guy just did one about the iPhone 4 vs. the Evo... and Best Buy fired him. There is also ther Jib-Jab thing- pre-animated and you just stick a head on.
But if you want something personalized, like Peter said, it will take some time. And a lot of work. Or you can use Flash. :)
...There is a site on the web where you just enter the script, and it "animates" some pre-made characters to say your words.
Yes, I've heard about that one... I can't think of the name of it off the top of my head, though. I did download the software (which itself is free) at one point. It eats up a lot of hard-drive space, though; especially when you download all the "add-ons" (i.e., different characters, sets and "themes") some of which DO cost money...
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(This post was edited by zavkram on Jul 14, 2010, 6:09 AM)