Google Announces 3D Update to Popular Toontastic App

Google has a popular, kid-friendly app called “Toontastic” that allows kids (and anyone, really) to tell stories with their own cartoons. If you are already a fan of the app, you will definitely appreciate that the new update adds support for 3D cartoons.

On Thursday, the search giant-turned-tech company announced the launching of Toontastic 3D. This app will allow children, as the company says, to “animate and narrate” their own original stories by choosing from a variety of characters and backgrounds with the app’s internal editor and camera features.

In a blog, the company reports: ““With Toontastic 3D, kids can draw, animate, and narrate their own adventures, news stories, school reports, and anything else they might dream up,.All they need to do is move characters around on the screen and tell their story. It’s like a digital puppet theater […] but with enormous interactive 3D worlds, dozens of customizable characters, 3D drawing tools, and an idea lab with sample stories to inspire new creations.”

Indeed, the new app expectedly adds drawing characters and animating features but you may pleasantly surprised with the feature to record your own voice for narration or characters. Obviously that introduces an unprecedented level of personalized customization that could encourage growth in creativity. However, there is also an educational app that will encourage children to be even more creative in their storytelling—and Google wants to hear these stories (does that mean you a publishing option is available?).

The Toontastic 3D app will offer characters like pirates and robots—or you can draw your own, freehand—as well as an idea lab that lets users share their drawings and other creations to inspire each other.

This update comes only two years after Google acquires the tech startup Launchpad Toys, the original creators of Toontastic.

Whether or not you already have the Toontastic app you can download the new Toontastic 3D app, for free, via Google Play store or the iOS App store. Parents will also be pleased that there appears, at least so far, to be no in-app purchases either, so children can use the app without concern for even an accidental third party purchase.