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It’s the Crankamacallit!

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We’re super excited to announce that our next iPad app has launched! The Crankamacallit is an interactive children’s book chock full of interactive features, discoveries, sounds, animations, 360 degree panoramas, mini games and more. I think it’s a doozie! Part poem, part story, this 3D fantasy was written by Mimi Cross, and wonderfully narrated by Robert Burke Warren (AKA “Uncle Rock”)

Come visit the Crankamacallit page, see our gallery, or check out the developing posts.

The Crankamacallit – an interactive story iPad app for kids

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An interactive children’s story about building an imaginary vehicle, “The Crankamacallit” is filled with stunning interactive animation and surprising sounds.

Using playful, rhythmic language and rhyme “The Crankamacallit” draws the user into the fantastic 3D world of an inventor’s workshop.

A great iPad app for kids, who  love all the unpredictable moving parts of “The Crankamacallit”. In an adventurous tale for the picture book crowd, 3-8 year olds (and their parents!) will be mesmerized by the step-by-step process of the Crankamacallit’s creation and become active participants in the story by using the many interactive features, making unexpected discoveries, exploring 360-degree panoramas, using the hidden drawing tool and more.

Part poem, part story, this rhythmic 3D fantasy was written by Mimi Cross, animated by Juergen Berkessel and narrated by acclaimed singer songwriter Robert Burke Warren, aka “Uncle Rock”.Listeners will laugh out loud at the nuances of Warren’s performance.

Features

  • Unique 3D artwork and unusual illustrations
  • Music and mechanical sounds
  • Animation and video
  • 360 degree panoramas
  • 3D interactive rotational objects
  • Pan and zoom chart
  • A hidden picture scratch off scene
  • Drawing widget
  • “Secret” hotspots

Come visit our gallery to get a taste, check out the developing posts, and watch out for a number of related announcements in the coming days.

Today I will build you a Crankamacallit

With pieces and parts from my carpenter’s kit.

With buttons and levers and yes, of course—CRANKS!

With switches and gears and an old baseball mitt.

The Crankacmacallit Title Page

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So here is the title page for the Crankamacallit, our interactive children’s story

Early Icon Concept

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The Crankamacallit Hangar

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The Crankamacallit Hangar is where it all happens! Inside is the “Cranka Works” inventor’s workshop, complete with interactive toolbenches, drafting equipment, windmill parts and a mysterious device called the “INFLATATRON”. I wonder what that does?

The Crankamacallit workbench.

The Crankamacallit workbench. Open the interactive toolbox and empty it by hanging all the tools up on the pegboard wall. And be careful with the grinder… Plus a few sound surprises in store as well!

It came from?

Obviously, any good Crankamacallit would need to use pretty advanced technology. Where do you suppose some of the Crankamacallit pieces and parts came from?

Building Permit

You don’t think we can just build any old thing without a building permit? Let’s make it official, and get it stamped!

Here is a video link to the Crankamacallit Building Permit animation.

A serious plan…

A serious plan? Let’s “roll it out”!

Blueprints

Like all good inventions, building the Crankamacallit required a “serious” plan! Here are some blueprints, and they develop some very special interactive features during the story.