Xtranormal gets X'ed out
July 30, 2013 5:04 PM Subscribe
on Metafilter) is the animation website that launched with the slogan, "If you can type, you can make movies." Millions of cartoons were produced, and a few of them were very popular
. The software was even used to create animation for TV shows (such as a recurring segment on Fox's Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld
) and commercials
But in recent months, the company made a series of controversial decisions and began showing clear signs of trouble. They stopped allowing users to monetize their videos on Youtube. They stopped posting new assets, shut down their user forum and blog, and frustrated users by becoming increasingly non-communicative. The site was hit with serious technical problems that made publishing movies almost impossible, and these issues went unfixed for months.
Finally, on June 28th, the company announced that it was shutting down the site
"As of July 31, 2013," reads an announcement on the company's Facebook page
, "Xtranormal will be discontinuing current subscriptions, points plans and existing services. Please use your existing XP points and publish and download your movies before that date."
Strangely, there has been very little coverage
of the site's imminent demise.
I should add that I would've included more links about the company's troubles, but there are very few to be found online. Xtranormal shut down its forums, so many of the fan complaints are gone. They also shut down their original blog, so much of the company's own account of its history is gone. I've never found an active Xtranormal fan site, and I couldn't find any news articles about the company's problems. Also, the Gutfeld cartoons only seem to be hosted on Xtranormal.com, which is scheduled to shut down tomorrow.