What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Drawing Cartoons has some powerful basic functionality to create stop-action animations but some awkward rough edges as well. Kids can select from a small library of premade "items" with lots of control points changing positions in each frame to create the appearance of continuous action. Many of the items are violent in nature, including deadly and automatic weapons, and users are constantly asked to make a purchase to access full functionality.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- producing new content
- conveying messages effectively
- multiple forms of expression
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Unique concept that lets users move "skeleton" parts around to create realistic movements will appeal to budding cartoon artists, but design is kind of messy.
Empowers kids to alter figures in lots of creative ways, but all the weapons and fighting figures available don't match up with the pro-social feel of the promo video.
Settings offer some level of control, but the developer doesn't have a website offering any tips or extensions.
What's it about?
Kids select from five "item" categories from the main menu, which then puts them into the workspace with those items then available from the person icon. Clear icons here prompt users to create or delete frames, undo, select "items," run an animation, or edit or export "videos" using plug-in functionality. From the main menu, a cryptic "upload" button loads saved "scenes" (four demos available).
Is it any good?
Drawing Cartoons is a unique app that lets kids create and export their own stop action videos in mp4 format. Kids can alter existing figures ("items") by moving and rotating "skeleton" parts in sequential frames to create a sense of movement. After VideoPlugin4 Animating Touch app installation (also free) the export function works to generate an mp4 file and allows kids to edit "scene" backgrounds, size, speed, or to add audio.
On the downside, many items are violent, and kids might spend a lot of time creating a new item only to find they cannot save it without an in-app purchase. Device-based navigation and icons are on the cryptic and clunky side. Finally, the actual names of the app and its features seem to be constantly shifting: Is the app called Drawing Cartoons or Animating Touch? Are they comics or cartoons or films or scenes? With some thoughtful redesign, this app would be super easy as well as fun and powerful.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Find some resources on the history of cartoons and claymation for your kid.
Agree to attend a viewing offering up constructive criticism only if asked.