What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- making new creations
- producing new content
- using and applying technology
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.