GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Young filmmakers will delight in empowering stop-motion app.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to create short stop-motion movies. The movie that introduces the backstory includes a short history lesson in moviemaking, introducing kids to the zoetrope, a device that served as the first movie projector. Kids will think creatively to come up with ideas for animations and think critically as they plan brief plot lines for their stories. Kids will see the benefits of their work pretty quickly with these short animated movies (that actually require quite a bit of work and patience for a one-second-long finished product). Goldieblox and the Movie Machine gives kids a hands-on taste of stop-motion animation, storytelling, and just plain fun.

Ease of Play

Movies demonstrate the end product, and several step-by-step tutorials are available. On-screen guides show kids where their last drawing was so they can see where to draw the next frame.

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Though the app works in conjunction with a $30 toy, the toy is not necessary to create stop-motion movies and view them within the app. When kids complete a movie, they have the option to print it to use in their moviemaking machine.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the creators of the girl-empowering Goldieblox engineering toys have created GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine app as a tie-in to the toy of the same name, which retails for $30. The toy isn't necessary to enjoy the app, though (and vice versa). Kids can learn about stop-motion movies, see a few short examples, and learn step-by-step how to make their own, adapting projects that have already been started for them or starting one from scratch. Creations can’t be shared, but they can be watched in-app or printed and played on the movie-making toy. Though this is a toy tie-in, the toy isn't marketed or even really mentioned beyond stating the option of printing the frames to view on "your own movie-making machine." 

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Adult Written byolivia r. October 12, 2016

GoldieBlox and The Movie Machine

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What's it about?

Tutorials and sample videos in-app show kids how to create stop-motion movies they can create frame by frame. They then can view the short films within the app, or print their images to play in the zoetrope that's sold as a toy tie-in. Kids can choose from three brush types, several colors, and several stamps to create their drawings. They then move to the next frame with a shadow image of the previous frame so they can see how the moves will progress. A copy function lets them easily duplicate backgrounds or non-moving images. Twelve frames come together to make a one-second movie. Movies are saved in-app and can be continued or edited.

Is it any good?

GOLDIEBLOX AND THE MOVIE MACHINE engages kids right off the bat with a movie that sets the story. Goldie and her friends need to make lots of short stop-motion movies to save the Bloxtown Film Festival. With plenty of example movies and tutorials, kids will quickly pick up on the stop-motion concept and be making their own movies in no time. They have several tools to choose from as they create their art, and the movies are designed to be long enough to entertain but short enough to minimize frustration. Happily, the actual toy isn't even necessary to enjoy this impressive, free app that both girls and boys will love.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about favorite movies that are made using stop-motion animation (Wallace & Gromit: World of Invention, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and James and the Giant Peach are a few examples) and the time and work involved with creating a full-length movie.

  • Even without buying the moviemaking toys, families can investigate the engineering behind it, looking at pictures of old film projectors and talking about the lights and rotating picture-by-picture strips.

  • Find a flipbook or make one yourself to show kids a bit of "old-school" stop-motion animation.

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