I was wondering what programs can be used to create simple 2d animations such as the ones on this page. I was thinking about trying to create some additional animations like those but much more basic and was wondering: A. what kinds of software would I need (I'm guessing I'll need one of those drawing pens too), and B. how difficult is it to do/learn on your own? I'm certainly not an exceptional artist, but I do have a creative eye. The programs that do this type of thing let you trace existing images right? Maybe I'm way out of my league here, but it would be cool skill to have. The artist we got those from did a great job, but we simply licensed the rights to those existing animations. Commissioning her to create new ones from scratch is way out of our budget, so it's either me learning how to do it on my own, or having to stick to stills. Any thoughts, recommendations? Thanks in advance to any help you can provide.