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Google’s Toontastic 3D App Teaches Kids Basics of Animation

Google’s Toontastic 3D App Teaches Kids Basics of Animation

Animation
Google released Toontastic 3D, an app that teaches kids how to create animated storybooks using their device’s camera and microphone. Aimed at six- to 12-year-olds, Toontastic 3D lets kids make their own animations (including shorts and classics) based on pre-set options. Users are able to pick settings and characters—from pirates to aliens, to images of themselves. They can perform tasks like shooting off canons or opening trap doors in order to create storylines. They can also select a mood, which changes the look and adds music. Finally, they can add their own narration to the story. The original Toontastic, released in 2D animation in 2011, was created by Launchpad Toys, which was acquired by Google in 2015. “With Toontastic 3D, kids can draw, animate, and narrate their own advent

Google Buys Launchpad Toys

Gaming
Google has acquired the kids' app maker Launchpad Toys in a move to expand its children's offerings. Launchpad Toys is best known for its two iOS apps, "Toontastic" and "Telestory," which allow kids to create their own cartoons and videos, respectively. Both apps, which previously cost money, are now available for free in the Apple App Store. (more…)