What It Is
Toontastic Jr. Shrek is an app produced in partnership with DreamWorks Studios and Launchpad Toys, the developers of the popular Toontastic storytelling series. Toontastic Jr. Shrek uses the characters, plot points, and music from the Shrek movies to support kids in making their own unique animated videos.
The app gets kids thinking about what could happen in the story with a quick animated scene start that shows the characters and a potential problem that could emerge. Then the real storytelling gets handed over to the kids. Three, two, one, action, and the app starts recording. Kids jump into the story, moving the characters on the screen, adding their own voiceovers, and creating their own unique version or tales. After the storytelling is complete, kids choose mood-themed background music, and then move right on to the next scene.
After working through three scenes, the beginning, middle, and end of their movie, the app compiles each scene into a complete animated movie. This movie is saved automatically in the app for repeated viewing.
There is also an area in the app called StoryShare. This is where kids can connect with friends and family that also have Toontastic Jr. Shrek to share and create stories together.
Why It’s Fun
What is spectacular about Toontastic Jr. Shrek is that by using characters and stories already familiar to kids, such as Shrek, the storytelling that emerges is more rich and detailed. Also, because the Shrek story is a common fairy tale theme that kids are familiar with hearing in many different ways, kids have a large knowledge base of ideas to pull from into their own unique storytelling.
Who It’s For
Toontastic Jr. Shrek is for ages 4 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
This app is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPad. It requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.