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Toontastic Jr. Pirates

Toontastic Jr. Pirates

Spring 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Developer: Launchpad Toys
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

Toontastic Jr. Pirates provides a platform for little ones to customize their own animated pirate tale. It is a simplified way to enjoy Toontastic's unique storytelling tools, which incorporate a mix of pre-designed cartoon options with a child's recorded character voices.

An audio narrator guides children as they craft a pirate adventure. First, they are asked to choose a beginning, middle, and end option for their story. They then see a quick, animated prompt for the beginning they've chosen, after which they are granted time to move their characters around and record what they are saying. Using multiple fingers, children can move several characters at once. They can even grow and shrink characters using a standard pinching gesture. Next they choose music, which gives emotional context to the scene. There are angry, happy, jolly, sad, scared, and brave options.

Children repeat this process for the middle and end of their story. Then they name their cartoon before watching it play in its entirety. Finished cartoons can be saved and shared via Toontastic's StoryShare network. For the latter, adult help will be required.

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Look for this product at:
Launchpad Toys
Available on iTunes

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