Talking Carl



Voice-morphing app is fun but may encourage bad behavior.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Talk or touch the screen to make Carl respond. Unlike other voice-morphing apps you can't adjust the speed or sound of the voice, but that's not a big deal.


Carl responds testily to taps and jabs, especially to his bulbous eyes, which he immediately closes as if they are hurt.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this voice morphing application is slick and funny, but might encourage kids to misbehave.

Is it any good?


Talking Carl looks like a red toaster with golfball eyes and a mail slot for a mouth. Repeating everything he hears in a Bart Simpson voice, he yells when poked and laughs when tickled. Ignore him and he mutters discontentedly. This voice-morphing app is slick looking and very funny, but might not set the best example for kids with its poking and punching. SmackTalk, with its talking baby animals, is a better fit for preschoolers.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Release date:December 30, 2009

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 12 years old September 6, 2010

Fun, easy app.

I think this app is very entertaining, and very cool. I really don't get why this is inappropriate, because it's not. 4 stars.
Parent of a 1 and 4 year old Written byMichael-Fitzhugh September 5, 2010

Loud and simple, Carl's great for yukking it up

Talking Carl's mouthy mimicking provides reliable fun anywhere, anytime. Carl's appeal seemed limited before my children started to speak. But once they started to get language of their own, Carl proved to be a top-notch entertainer, repeating back every sound they uttered. For families that can run Talking Carl on two devices, don't miss out on the chance to amp up your fun with Talking Carl battles by creating your own ad-hoc echo chamber!
Kid, 7 years old May 15, 2010

Looks Cool

I Wanna Get It


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