LEGO Super Hero Movie Maker
By Chris Morris,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Good tool for making stop-motion movies; LEGOs not required.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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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?
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.
Talk to Your Kids 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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Hobbies: building, Arts: film, Language & Reading: storytelling
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology, Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: May 8, 2012
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Superheroes
- Publisher: The LEGO Group
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
- Last updated: August 19, 2016
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