Puppet Pals HD
Puppet Pals HD Directors Pass is an easy to use cartoon creator app that allows you to create your own animations using a variety of themes and characters.
Puppet Pals HD Directors pass is a really fun and engaging cartoon creation app which can be used in many ways with a variety of abilities. I have used the app with children with severe communication difficulties and also high functioning autism. Primarily, I use the app with small groups of children who are reluctant writers, although there is no writing required I would use the app to engage the children by first creating a script to follow on Puppet Pals. Children's imaginations can really run wild when using the app. From creating a pirate battle to retelling a favourite fairytale or story the possibilities are endless.
The opening screen gives the user three options; 'Saved Shows', 'More Characters' and 'Press to Start'. You can download further actors in 'More Characters'. 'American History has recently been added to a list of 16, with further being added in the near future.
To begin an animation you are given the option to choose up to 8 actors. I really like being able to add your own actors from your photo gallery or by taking a photo. A pinching gesture allows you resize your image and drawing around the face allows you to crop. This will add your character to the in-app gallery. The children find it easy to select the actors they need and importing from the gallery but the pinching to resize can be tricky for children with fine motor difficulties.
The second step is adding the background. Up to five backgrounds can be chosen from a selection of different themes. You can also add your own background from gallery or camera. You are now ready to create your first animation.
As soon as you press the record button everything you do is recorded including all background sound which can cause frustration in larger groups. You manipulate the actors to move on the screen by dragging across the screen and narrating as you do so. The background can be changed also by pulling the rope at the top of the screen. Unfortunately you are unable to stop and edit what you have done, the ability to do this would be a huge bonus. Exporting to iMovie is one way of overcoming this and useful to make final edits but in-app editing would be a more practical option. Once the animation is created it can be exported to the video gallery and from there it can be shared further.
Puppet Pals HD allows you to create an endless array of animations and can be used in most lessons. The app can really help to develop children's imagination skills as well as teaching them how to sequence, explore narrative, character, plot, voice projection, expression and unleash their creative skills. The only real limitation is the users imagination. Puppet Pals is an excellent app which all children are able to use with ease. An app that really puts fun in learning. Looking forward to more themes and characters in the future. Well done!
From the Developer
Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time!
Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later.
This app is as fun as your own creativity. Act out a story of Pirates on the high seas, fight as scary monsters, or play the part of a Wild West bandit on the loose. You can even combine any characters however you want!
Your creations are only limited by your imagination (and voice acting skills in my case).
- Create an actor from a photo
- Use a photo as a backdrop for your storytelling
- zoom and rotate your characters using two fingers
- flip them around with a double tap
- a wide variety of creative characters to download (including famous talk show hosts and politicians)
- limitless possibilities of story creations
- buy the director's pass and receive all current and future content!