ToonsTV: Angry Birds video app

App review by
Lisa Caplan, Common Sense Media
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Fun watching for fans, but has ads and no parent controls.

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn a little bit about animals through the National Geographic Kids video content. Though the developers don't really claim that the app is educational, they do imply that kids might learn something, and kids might if they're drawn to the animal videos; however, it's embedded in the Angry Birds content and other animated videos, so kids might skip right over it unless they really love animal videos. If you're looking for educational videos, ToonsTV: Angry Birds video app is not your best bet.

Ease of Play

Intuitive and simple.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon violence similar to the Angry Birds games but less prevalent.

Sexy Stuff

Pucca cartoon has a female character who makes overt attempts to catch the eye of her uninterested crush.

Language
Consumerism

Aside from the ads that play before content, the Rovio Angry Birds franchise is in heavy rotation.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ToonsTV: Angry Birds video app by Rovio is a portal to cartoons based on characters from the Angry Birds game franchise. There are a few other video choices such as Wallace and Gromit, Pucca, and a National Geographic Kids channel. The Rovio cartoons contain some cartoon violence, but it's less than in the games, as characters get hurt but don't die. Though the app is free to use, there are often video ads that autoplay. There are no controls: Though the information section states that there are video descriptions and age ratings, no descriptions and few age ratings were seen during the time of review. Also, because new content is constantly being added, parents will want to stay on top of what's available. To learn more about the types of information collected and shared, read the privacy policy.

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What's it about?

TOONSTV: ANGRY BIRDS VIDEO APP is a kid-friendly video-streaming service mainly focused on Rovio characters. The majority of the content is made by the company that makes the Angry Birds games; there's some cartoon violence, but it's less than is in the game. There are also a few videos from other sources such as National Geographic Kids and lesser-known cartoons such as Pucca. Though the information section says that age ratings are available in the descriptions of the videos, no descriptions and few age ratings were visible during time of review. Kids can choose to "play all" using a button, and there are no parent controls or gates. Ads play before most videos, and the information section promises that new content will be added frequently.

Is it any good?

Though free and easy to use, this video streamer is light on varied content and controls. Simple gestures are used for navigation, and fans of the Angry Birds characters will be thrilled with the volume of related videos. However, parents looking for a contained video environment for kids may want to look elsewhere, as there are no parent controls, few ratings, no descriptions, and ads galore. Also, as new content is added, quality and ratings may shift, so it'll be important to check out what's new and featured as it becomes available.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how many videos it's OK to watch in one sitting.

  • Talk about your kids' favorite videos. Which ones do they like, and why?

App details

For kids who love Angry Birds and videos

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