A fun little web 2 tool is Dvolver Moviemaker where the user creates a small movie in the matter of minutes.
The user selects a background and a sky, then selecting characters, adding the conversation (comic book balloons), music and titles. You are then able to email the link to others.
This could be used to teach about direct speech with English grammar as well as many other ways.
I did make a movie and used the embed html to add to this web site and although it shows in the editing view it does not come up quickly in the published view so I deleted it.