Kids as young as 5 can make their own movies and cartoons with the Toaster Pets Cartoons Animation Studio. When combined with the free Toaster Pets Cartoons app, kids can use the pieces in the set to record and share their movie creations.
The set includes a studio and two pets: Pretzel Pug and Ciabatta Cat. The studio consists of a backdrop holder with cardboard green scene backdrop and attached, adjustable smart device holder. When placing your device, make sure the camera is over the studio's mirror.
The fun begins when you download and open the app. With the Animation Studio, you'll have access to five digital props, five digital accessories, and 10 digital environments. Click on New Movie to start creating clips for your cartoon. Place your Toaster Pets figures in front of the green screen to enter them into the app. Then choose an environment: school, house, outside, and soccer. Within some of these environments, such as school, there are additional environments to choose from.
Then kids get creative adding accessories and props to the on-screen characters, adding sound effects, changing up the camera angle, and even recording dialogue for the characters. Some of the environments have special actions that the characters can do, such as chopping up vegetables in the kitchen or running really fast when outside. Press the red button at the bottom to start recording your clip. You can even move the physical Toaster Pets characters to make their digital counterparts move around in your movie. When you're done, you can edit your video's introduction and even add end credits. Then, save it to your camera roll or share it on social media. For inspiration, watch cartoons from other users right in the app.
We assume these are called Toaster Pets because the animals have a flat shape, kind of like bread going into a toaster, and they all have bread-inspired names. The silliness of the names and the cute look of the pets will be really appealing to kids. And kids who are interested in making their own movies and cartoons will like that they can do just that with the app.
The app itself doesn't provide that much in the way of guidance, but it does promote experimentation, perfect for kids who like discovering on their own all the different things they can do. There are a few short tutorial videos on the Toaster Pets YouTube channel if you do need some instruction.
This make-your-own-movie kit is for curious kids ages 5 and up.
The app is compatible with Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.
Add more Toaster Pets characters with expansion packs, sold separately.
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