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Talking Carl

App review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Voice-morphing app is fun but may encourage bad behavior.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

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

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 th... Continue reading
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.
Teen, 13 years old Written byjsgman July 26, 2010
carl will repeat anything you say and some kids will cuss and carl will cuss. but i think they should know better

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

For kids who love puzzle and games apps

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