What is an explanimation?

An explanimation is an innovative form of elearning animation where a puppet guides the learner through the content, providing verbal and visual instructions. Often referred to as an “explainer video,” explanimations are more than just cartoons; they represent a sophisticated method of animated explainer designed for business and training purposes.

Explanimations are short, animated videos that effectively explain processes or concepts. They are versatile tools for training employees, introducing new products, or pitching ideas to clients. Given their flexibility and effectiveness, explanimations have become increasingly popular among businesses of all sizes. If you aim to create an engaging and informative video, consider using an explanimation.

For those interested in creating an explanimation or seeking assistance to get started, elearning space offers a team of talented animators ready to help. Our experts can assist in developing your video, writing engaging content, and creating a user-friendly interface. Our team is well-equipped to bring your explainer video to life.

How can I use an explanimation?

An explanimation is typically used to explain a concept or process concisely and straightforwardly. This form of elearning animation can be used for training or scaffolding purposes. For instance, if you introduce a new software program to employees, an explanimation can help them understand how to use it. Similarly, if you are redesigning a website, an explanimation can walk users through the new layout and features. As an explainer video, it effectively communicates complex information simply and engagingly.

Practical skill training

Demonstrate a real life practical task

Scenario based training

Dictate different learning options and associated choices

Consistency across training

Provide a familar presence and consistency across training courses

Personalised greeting

Personalise a friendly welcome message with facial expressions and body movement

Live webinar avatar

Create a character to represent you while speaking in front of a live camera

Branded character

Create a character that be represents your brand

Explanimation benefits

Acting as a guide

Explanimations can act as a guide and can be extremely helpful to guide users through the online learning environment step by step

Provide scaffolding

Explanimations provide valuable scaffolding and learning support for learners who are new to a particular topic or task

Provide instructions

By providing both verbal and visual instructions, explanimations help learners to stay on track and understand the content

Deeper learning

Present complex content in manageable chunks, so explanimations can explain each concept and facilitate deeper learning

Learn quicker

A learner will learn quicker and easier by viewing visual prompts, listening and reading instructions as opposed to only reading the instructions

Learning outcomes

Learning and retention is improved if an explanimation uses verbal prose to explain the content which coincides with related onscreen written prompts

Explanimation development process

build an explanimation procedure

The explanimation development process is our consultancy procedure for creating high-quality elearning animations. It begins with a review of your existing elearning modules (if you don’t have any, we can build them for you). This helps us to understand the primary purpose and goals of your course. From there, we create a character that will serve as the narrator for the animated explainer. This character is designed to be engaging and relatable so learners can connect with the content. Finally, we use various animation tools to bring the video to life. This process ensures that your explainer video is both informative and entertaining.

Explanimation development process explained

Do you have elearning modules?

eLearning modules are electronic files with the following goals: objectives, assessments, and elearning experiences. These modules come in all shapes and sizes, including self-paced or instructor-led formats, and can be text-based or multimedia. They can be used for various purposes, from onboarding new employees to providing continuing education for current employees.


If you already have existing elearning modules, that’s a great start! We will build you an elearning animation and then superimpose it over the existing elearning modules to provide additional context and clarity.


If you’re unsure if you have existing elearning modules that can be used for your upcoming elearning needs, don’t worry – we can help you figure it out. We offer a comprehensive elearning development service that will assess your current electronic resources and determine what can be used to create a cohesive and effective elearning experience. If there is no existing elearning development, we can build the elearning modules and make a custom explanimation to suit your specific needs.


The elearning development process begins with the creation of modules. We will first build your elearning modules using our elearning development or rapid authoring service. Once the modules are created, we will generate an explanimation to provide instructions for the learner. The explanimation will be superimposed over the elearning content to explain the material clearly and concisely. Combining these two services can create a highly effective elearning solution tailored to your needs.


An explanimation is a puppet that can be used as a guiding hand for animation. This type of puppet is often used to create a character specifically designed according to the user’s needs. The main advantage of using an explanimation puppet is that it allows for great creativity and control when creating an animated character. Using this type of puppet, animators can create a wide range of expressions and movements that would not be possible with traditional animation techniques. This makes explanimation puppets an essential tool for creating high-quality animated explainers.


When it comes to explanimation, one of the most critical elements is the voiceover. The right voice can help to bring your puppet to life and make it more relatable to your audience. Luckily, we have access to many talented voice artists who can help you find the perfect match for your puppet. We will work with you to choose a voice that fits your puppet’s personality and then add the voice to the puppet. This will help your puppet to build up personal characteristics and make it more believable to your audience. Your explainer video will reach its full potential with the right voice.


We will create a script that leads the learner through the elearning module. The puppet, voice, and script can be combined to create an explanimation that superimposes the animated puppet onto the elearning modules. This will give the final elearning module a professional look and feel that will engage the learner.

Explanimation development process inclusions

Human character to look like yourself, or how you wish your character to look

Basic animated eye blinks and arms with hands

Bring your own sketch concepts

Single framed animated mouth shapes

Blinks, smile and surprised facial expressions

Arms with an assortment of hand shapes for waving, resting, pointing, fist, or gesture

Create a storyboard that includes a voice over script and associated elearning visual prompts

Select and use a voice artist to read the script and provide a voice over for the character

Option to build a cartoon environment with characters as your elearning environment

Create a story by creating a 2D or 3D animation to improve user engagement

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