Software to create cartoons/animations

Hi:
I'm looking for a software package to create professional-looking cartoons.  I'm looking to create pleasant characters (See graphic for the kind of "feel" I'm looking for in my characters).
I want to create likable characters for a series of educational videos.  NOT for games, tests, etc.
What's out there and how much will it cost me?  High-end?  Low-end?  I don't care.  So long as it's nice.

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brothertruffle880Asked:
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MereteConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi brothertruffle880
 what is your expertise level as it is not a straight out easy as tool, these require some learning curve and lots of patience
For your consideration. The first is pretty simple but not free
Crazy Talk animations is nice  179 dollars
http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/animator/
Toon Boom Studio 4 149 dollars
https://www.toonboom.com/products/toon-boom-studio
Cartoon Story Maker
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/games/cartoon/
Synfig Studio open source free
http://www.synfig.org/cms/
Blender free open source is amazing but more complex. Plenty of tutorials
http://www.blender.org/

Lots more around but these should help cover your needs
Merete
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Tom BeckConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Anime Studio Pro by SmithMicro. Inexpensive, well suited for that kind of cartoon animation.The list price is $299, but I paid $70 in response to an ad that came in my inbox in 2013.

http://anime.smithmicro.com/anime-pro.html
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