Google’s Toontastic 3D Is a Storytelling Joy For All Ages

January 13, 2017

3:30 pm

Quality storytelling, interesting characters, and colorful visuals are the keys to a unlocking a child's creativity. And with characters like tourist robots, swashbuckling pirates, and sneaky snakes, the possibilities of creating your own action blockbuster video are endless on the Toontastic 3D, a mobile app that Google launched this week. The 3D app is an expansion on Toontastic, an app released two years ago by Launchpad Toys which was acquired by the Google umbrella.

With Toontastic 3D, it's easy for children to navigate the short video creation process, giving them the ability to customize visuals, sound and plot line. This app not only allows children to express creativity and make fun videos to share with friends and family, but it also helps them learn more about the scientific method and basic elements of a story.

The new Toontastic 3D stays true to that motive and improves upon the graphics and the customization tools. This easy-to-use platform can function as an education tool as well as an engaging entertainment app. The brief explanations of the goal of each scene allow for the ingraining process of basic storytelling concepts for young to adolescent children.

Whether its the fun characters, the simple drawing commands, or the ability to incorporate voice and sound effects into the story, this app will make for a fun, shared experience between parents and children through the displaying of a child’s creativity and self-expression.

This app is truly meant for everyone, even for millennials like myself, who are able to toy around and have some brain drain fun. I admittedly am not as talented in making cartoons as most children who will use the app, but the attempt was enjoyable:

The previous version of Toontastic was only available on iOS devices; this new product is available for iOS and Android, giving more children and parents the ability to access this application.


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Chelsea is a journalism student at Arizona State University. She enjoys introducing people to new things, topics and ideas. She has written for Downtown Devil, azcentral and EmpowHER. She is currently the social media chair for her student chapter of National Association of Black Journalists. When she isn’t writing articles or doing homework, she is probably in the kitchen trying a new recipe.