But still not quite what I had envisioned back in March.
I was granted the non-profit Animoto account. It allows me more choices in music and styles. Access to their photo and video collection (which I don't remember if they were available with a basic account). Ability to have longer videos. But I still have no control over the timing of the pictures shown. If I want them to go by fast, then I have to pick a fast tempo song. I can choose to speed up or slow down the showing, but not do so with individual slides.
My Mac's iMovie would let me do that. But my lack of technical know-how would prevent me from creating the cool other effects as the slides move around, sometimes having "echo-y" effects and such that Animoto offers. Plus--I can make an Animoto video in a few minutes when my iMovies have taken anywhere from 1 hour to 5 hours! And not everyone has iMovie. So Animoto definitely serves its purposes.
For further comparison purposes, you can check out my other full-length remake of Heist Society.