Skylanders, Autism Speaks Partner for Autism Awareness Month

SSC_Keyshot_PowerBlue_Splat_FinalSkylanders and Autism Speaks have partnered for Autism Awareness Month and will release limited edition toys to raise awareness for the cause. Leading into World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, the collaboration invites fans to “Light it up Blue” to support kids and families worldwide.

The “Power Blue” Skylanders SuperChargers toys are blue and white to reflect Autism Speaks’ official colors. The new series will feature Splat, Trigger Happy, and their Supercharged Vehicles Splatter Splasher and Gold Rusher, which will appear in the game in blue and white colors. The toys are on store shelves now at participating retailers in the U.S. and Europe, and will be available starting April 1 in Canada. [Read more...]

Trigger Happy’s Toon Hero App Changes Animation and Social Storytelling

triggerhappyTrigger Happy, the creators of platforms that enable social animation on mobile devices, launches Toon Hero, an app for iPad users of all ages to create their own animated stories using famous characters without any training or artistic ability. Using exclusively licensed characters and properties from studios such as The Jim Henson Co., Hero: 108, Mukpuddy, and National Geographic, among others, animated creations can be shared as status updates, stories, jokes, greetings, and more.

While animation can often require years of training, expensive software, complicated tool-sets and more, the Toon Hero app breaks down these barriers by making animation as easy as tapping, swiping, dragging, and talking.

Toon Hero users will experience a new way to express themselves through social media that’s not limited to 140 characters or static pictures. They have the ability to share a video that was created using their own imagination. Additionally, the launch of Toon Hero gives aspiring filmmakers, authors, and animators of all ages an outlet for storytelling and a new platform to be discovered. [Read more...]