LEGO Super Hero Movie Maker

Common Sense Media says

Good tool for making stop-motion movies; LEGOs not required.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app makes it easy to shoot stop action films. Ultimately, it comes down to the patience of the user/filmmaker. 

Violence & scariness

There's no violence in the app, but since it relies on user generated content, the level in the finished product will depend on the users. 

Sexy stuff

There's no sex in the app, but since it relies on user generated content, the level in the finished product will depend on the users. 

Language

There's no objectionable language in the app, but since it relies on user generated content, the level in the finished product will depend on the users. 

Consumerism

The app is tied to the LEGO Super Heroes action figures and features pictures of them on the title screens, though users are free to use whatever they want when making their movies. The LEGO logo also appears in the app.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are no drugs, alcohol, or smoking paraphernalia in the app, but since it relies on user generated content, the level in the finished product will depend on the users. 

Privacy & safety

There is no sharing from within the app. Kids can save their movie to the device's camera roll.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lego Super Hero Movie Maker is a utility app that allows kids to be budding filmmakers. While the app is built around the Lego Super Hero toy line and promotes it, there's no restriction on what users can focus their film on. The app does not have a sharing function, other than saving the results to your iPhone or iPad, so parents don't have to worry about their children accidentally being exposed to iffy content. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling

Arts

  • film

Hobbies

  • building

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology
  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Budding film auteurs will be excited to create stop-motion films. The app is easy to use and has tools to help kids make a good-looking film, including visual effects and a soundtrack.

Learning Approach

Lego Super Hero Movie Maker encourages kids to bring their imaginations to life, making their own films from their own ideas and plots. Kids also discover the fundamentals of stop-motion and animation.

Support

Some users might be upset about the lack of a community where they can share their work, but from a child safety perspective, that may be the best way to proceed.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling

Arts

  • film

Hobbies

  • building

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology
  • digital creation

Kids can learn rudimentary filmmaking skills as well as build their creative and storytelling skills with LEGO Super Hero Movie Maker. While the app offers a very basic toolset, it lets kids discover the fundamentals of stop-motion and animation and lets them personalize their films with music. The app itself won't create the next great film, but it could help future Spielbergs discover their passion. LEGO Super Hero Movie Maker is a fresh way to encourage kids to be creative.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Kids will take a series of still photos of their Lego Super Heroes (or other items of their choosing), stringing them together to create a stop-motion movie. The movies can run as long as the user wants, though that requires more concentration. The app supplies music themes and an overlay feature letting kids see the change from their last shot -- allowing them to create more nuanced movies.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Despite its obvious commercial ties, Lego Super Hero Movie Maker is an app that doesn't discriminate against other items, letting budding auteurs create stop-motion films of whatever they'd like. The app is easy to use and has tools to help kids make a good-looking film, including visual effects, a soundtrack, and slow motion elements (achieved by adjusting the speed). Some users might be upset about the lack of a community where they can share their work, but from a child safety perspective, it's the best way to proceed. 

Adults might find the app too simplistic, but kids will love the ease with which they can create. 

Families can talk about...

  • Watch a stop-action film or animation (such as Wallace and Gromit) to show how the technique is used by professional filmmakers.

  • Use your iPod, iPhone, or iPad's camera to film real-world mini-movies.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:May 8, 2012
Category:Entertainment
Topics:Superheroes
Size:14.20 MB
Publisher:The LEGO Group
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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Kid, 10 years old August 14, 2013
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

The best movie maker

It is fun to make a movie
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 16 years old Written byMr. John March 31, 2013
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5
QUALITY
 

Pretty good, but too basic.

This is a pretty good app! It's not the best because it dosen't let you go faster than 10 fps but other than that, great! P.S. If your more of an advanced animator, don't use the app unless you have nothing else to use. It's a little too basic.

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