App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Super fun movie maker lets kids star in their own creations.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the art of storytelling and basic moviemaking. TeleStory walks them through each step of the process, letting them choose elements such as setting and theme, and they'll create characters using costumes and special effects. Kids will see how each scene comes together to tell the full story, just like on a real TV show. Once they finish recording one scene, they're asked, "What happens next?" or given a bit of encouragement, coaxing them to elaborate and move forward. The provided cue cards are brief and don't always gel perfectly to make a complete story, but kids can improvise and use their own ideas or adapt the cue card to suit their script-writing needs. TeleStory is a fun, creative storytelling tool that gives kids a taste of Hollywood, helping them create work they'll be excited to share.

Ease of Play

The step-by-step process walks kids through creating a short TV episode. Kids need a steady hand (and steady head!) for the face-tracking to work properly, as they must align the costumes and special effects.

Violence & Scariness

Some episodes allow kids to include very mild, cartoon violence, such as fighting ninjas and spies or aliens with blaster guns.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that TeleStory is a video-creation tool that gives kids a background scene, face-detecting costumes, cue cards, and special effects to create their own themed TV shows. A kid can become a singing contest star, à la American Idol, or serve on a Star Trek-style spaceship. Videos then can be saved to the camera roll and shared from there or published on TeleStory's moderated video channel, ToonTube. Publishing videos requires parental approval, and videos are moderated and approved before going live. Some of the action-packed themes include a bit of cartoon-style violence, but the over-the-top costumes and effects ensure it's all in fun.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byMaki M. August 30, 2017

It's awesome

This app it's great but unfortunately it dissapeared from the app Store, do anyone has a recomendation for some similar?
Kid, 12 years old January 10, 2018


This app is so entertaining,that me and my brothers get along really well to play this!I had dreams of having a TV show and it’s no longer out of reach since th... Continue reading

What's it about?

With TELESTORY, kids create and star in original video stories. They start by choosing a theme and then selecting a scene and cue card. They'll choose a costume (with hats, wigs, glasses, and helmets) that fits onto their image using face detection and then record their scene. Kids can add as many scenes as they'd like to create, then name their story and save it in-app. They can return to saved episodes for further editing or share them via ToonTube, the developer's moderated community, or save them to the device's camera roll.

Is it any good?

TELESTORY both inspires and empowers kids to be creative. The preset themes will spark ideas, and the crazy costumes and accessories will empower kids to set their creative sillies free. The face-finding technology is really cool -- but not perfect -- so kids will have to let go of perfectionist expectations because their costumes won't line up perfectly for every move they make. Kids can choose from story-starting cue cards, or they can develop or improvise their own ideas. At the time of review, included themes are  The Band, Star Adventure, Eye Spy, and The News, with each theme featuring a different setting, costumes, and fun special effects -- which, in an already totally cool tool, may be the coolest feature of all. Kids can watch videos created by other kids or share their creations (once approved).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about making wise choices in what kids record and share, remembering their videos can be seen by those other than their intended audience.

  • Families can parody their favorite shows, mocking the judges from performance shows, creating their own spy spoofs, or blasting space shows.

App details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love making videos

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