October 14, 2015 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Berlin, Germany - catsndogz studio turns the popular children's "The cat that wagged its tail" into an educational and fun app for children from 3 to 7 years of age. "School is only for dogs? Then I'll just be a dog!" figures Lucy the cat. She so much wants to go to school together with the neighbour's dog Pogo, that she disguises herself and dresses up as the new classmate Rocky. Users help the protagonist find her way around the new dog world over the course of 13 chapters, and through the mini-games developed for the story. In playful lessons, not only spelling, music and drawing with numbers will be practiced, but also values such as tolerance empathy and the desire for knowledge are conveyed.
In addition to practicing spelling, music and drawing with numbers, values such as tolerance, empathy and desire for knowledge are conveyed.
Characteristic features of the app include the collaged and hand-painted illustrations made of different materials, the sound design completely generated by voices, and the specially composed and recorded live music. The creators aim was to put together a warm, tactile look and a lively reading experience.
"We want to take digital storytelling for children a step further" said Tim Gunther, founder of catsndogz. "Lucy and Pogo is intended to be much more than just an interactive book: The blend of storytelling, playing and learning is meant to be both fun and informative at the same time." After this first product, Catsndogz plans to continue focusing on high quality and educationally valuable content when it comes to future interactive projects in the mobile area.
"Lucy & Pogo" is a collaboration of award-winning artists from the field of animation, illustration and film. The app's development was funded as part of the program for innovative audiovisual content by Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg.
"We are filmmakers, parents, animators, with children in mind," continued Gunther. "We do whatever fascinates us, we animate, film or program whatever is worth it, worth spending our and our little users precious time with. We do our own ideas from scratch, or we adapt books or transform long gone jewels to new life in a new surrounding. Like so many parents, we hid our iPad from our children and were worried they would eventually become unsocial computernerds if they touch it, until we found out, what is possible with those things. Of course we still prefer if they play analogue from time to time, but well, it's 2015. Since out of those bizillions of APPs already out there, we thought there is still room for something nice, haptic and handmade, we thought we should give it a try."
* German, English, French, Spanish and Polish
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later
* 336 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Lucy & Pogo 1.1 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
Based in Berlin, catsndogz studio was founded in 2014 by director Tim Gunther and designer/animation artist, Agnieszka Kruczek. The team is working to establish itself as a producer of high quality, interactive apps for children. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2015 catsndogz studio. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.