Toontastic Jr. Pirates By Launchpad Toys

I few months back I reviewed the original Toontastic. I thought that the original app was great, even if I had to help the younger children set up the story. We have plenty of stories saved up on our devices, and even as a few days ago my children still played with the original app.

This time around Launchpad Toys tries to bring the same magic of the original app to smaller children. Some of the options have been removed, the guided story making process has been improved and simplified, and even the music selection options have been toned down. The graphics and music are beautiful, thoughtful and not annoying.

To start this time, you select the start, the middle and end of the story. Once selected each scene provides a couple of seconds of non-edible action. After that you are given the opportunity, to add your own action and record your own voice. The next step is to select the music for the scene you just recorded. Once all three scenes have been completed, you are able to save it and run the entire play from the start.

I love the orignal app. I loved it then, and it continues to be one of my favorite apps on the iPad. This one is just as impressive. And at $1.99 it provides many opportunities for learning about creative story telling.

The app was provided by the publisher for review, and is available starting today from the Apple App store for $1.99.

Toontastic By Launchpad Toys

Using a simplified story arc you set up a scene, the app guides your children through the creation of an animated story. You build the stories using scene, characters, music and your children recorded voices and sounds.

Some scene are pre-made, others you can buy, and you can even draw your own. So far the animated stories my children have created have used a combination of the provided scenes and their own creation.

Same as the scenes, you have many choices for the characters including creating your own.

The music you select by defining the mood of the scene.

After that: you drop the character on the scene, animate them with your fingers, and tell your story. You can save it locally or share it in multiple ways.

You can see great videos of kids creating movies at the publisher website.

My gripes are small: the time limit of one minute per scene (my daughter’s only complaint), no transitions between the scenes, not available on the Android platform (currently available on Apple App Store.

As an aid to teach/learn the story arc, I don’t know of any app that is this much fun.