This is a great new app for designing simple animation videos with accompanying audio on the iPad. In PhotoPuppet, you use your own photos or template backgrounds and characters provided by the designer and arrange them on the canvas. Hit the record button, and you can move objects around on the screen to animate them. In a manner similar to MIT's Scratch, you can design variations on a character (i.e. costumes in Scratch) to use in the animation video. Video creations can easily be exported locally to the iPad, emailed, or uploaded to YouTube.
This is an early version, and I have only downloaded the free "Lite" version, but I see enormous potential for this tool. It seems that there are some sophisticated levels of editing and layering objects, but I only installed it today and haven't had a chance to learn all of the nuances.
Header photo by Robert S. Donovan