By John Young
Updated March 03, 2009 at 06:00 PM EST

Wish you could direct your own animated short film but don’t have the cash to purchase all that expensive software? Well, you should give Xtranormal a whirl. The site’s “text-to-movie” program lets you quickly create your own cartoon movie, and for free! All you have to do is choose your characters, type up a script, select your camera angles, and — voila! — you’ll have yourself a shiny masterpiece to share with your friends. Of course, visually, your movie will look about as advanced as the stuff Pixar was producing 20 years ago, but it’s all about the story anyway, right?

Below is a sample movie I made just for you, PopWatchers. It took me about 15 minutes, and I’m sure you guys can do much, much, much better! Or, I should say: Have you done much better? Anybody else given this site a try yet?