Flipnote Hatena Weekly News: Sept. 17, 2010

Hello guys! Here is the weekly news!


Hello from all of us on the Flipnote Hatena team. This is Aaron at Hatena’s offices in Kyoto, Japan with another edition of our weekly news blog.

I hope that you enjoyed last week’s topic “Squash and Stretch”, and I had a great time watching all of your Flipnotes. Practicing the squash and stretch technique can help you to create interesting and realistic movement, and it is a useful exercise for improving your animation skills. Animation is known as “the illusion of life”, and understanding how things move and being able to express that is a skill that all animators must master.

This week’s topic “Text” will give you a chance to use a different part of your brain than last week. You can get inspiration for how text can be animated by looking at things such as the opening credits of films, newspapers and magazines, or books that teach about language. Try to bring the “illusion of life” to text, and see where your creativity takes you!

This week we’re also pleased announced the start of a new series of limited editions themes called the “Forest Animals Collection”. Please access the Color Star Exchange by tapping on the “Get Special Themes!” button from the top menu of Flipnote Hatena for Nintendo DSi for more information.

New limited edition themes: Forest Animals Collection

From now until October 15, 2010 (Friday), you’ll get one chance to win a prize for every 10 stars you exchange for themes in the Color Star Exchange. If you’re lucky you might win the weekly limited edition theme.

This week’s limited edition theme is “Fox” which is available until September 24, 2010.


For more information about the Forest Animals Collection tap on the “Get Special Themes!” button on the top menu of Flipnote Hatena for Nintendo DSi.

This week’s new themes

The Flipnote team has created two new Creator’s Room themes that are available in the Color Star Exchange this week. Below are some screenshots and details about the new themes.

★An autumn-inspired theme with animals silhouetted over a knitwear pattern. (20 color stars).


★A fiery orange and yellow theme based on the legendary Phoenix. (10 color stars).


The best of last week’s topic: “Squash and Stretch”

We’ve selected some of the best Flipnotes posted from around the world that we hope you’ll enjoy.

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

Weekly Topic: Squash & Stretch

You can also see the Flipnotes for last week’s topic by entering the command via “Command Search” on Flipnote Hatena for Nintendo DSi.


Cool stuff Aaron! 

Please let me know what you think about the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News blog by posting any comments you might have in the box below. Thanks!


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