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Minecraft Stop-Motion Animation Studio
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- Make one-of-a-kind Minecraft films!
- The Minecraft Animation Studio combines real-life objects with a mobile app so that kids can direct their own beginnings and endings
- Use your mobile device to aim and shoot then swap out environments to tell a different story
- Create, share, and show off your animations with other fans of Minecraft
- Includes 1 movie stage, 6 different backgrounds, 3 exclusive mini-figures, a device holder, and over 18 other accessories
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Special Props and Mini-Figures
Customize your one-of-a-kind movie by using 15 props, including fences, items from the game (Wooden Pickaxe, Wooden Sword and Torch), environment pieces and other props (Furnace, Crafting Table and TNT). Plus there are four mini-figures included, three of them exclusive to this set. There are exclusive characters Steve? (with tools), Creeper (with battle damage), and Spider Jockey, as well as Creeper.
What’s in the Box:
Includes 1 movie stage, 4 different backgrounds, 4 mini-figures (3 of them are exclusive), a phone/tablet holder and 15 props.
Free Mobile App
By downloading the free mobile app straight to your personal device, you’re ready to start animating. Use the app to create and edit your very own movie. (We reserve the right to terminate the app after 6/1/17.)
- iPhone Compatibility: iPad 2, iPad (3rd Generation), iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad (4th Generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod touch (4th Generation), iPod touch (5th Generation), iOS 7 and above.
- Android Compatibility: Android devices with a rear-facing camera running Android 4.2.2 and above.
- Kindle Compatibility: Compatible with Fire HDX 8.9, Fire HD 7, and Fire HD 6 with rear-facing cameras.
Create one-of-a-kind animations using the Minecraft Animation Studio! Inspired by the virtual game, this exciting toolkit comes with everything you need to make your favorite characters come to life. Choose from one of six iconic environments to set the stage for your movie then use the mini-figures and accessories to act out a story. Download the free app, which makes the objects appear to move on their own, and use your mobile device to aim and shoot: you've just created your own Minecraft animation! Switch and swap out environments to tell any story you want. Kids will be able to create, share, and show off their animations with other fans of Minecraft. Includes 1 movie stage, 6 different backgrounds, 3 exclusive mini-figures, over 18 other environment accessories, and a device holder.
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Top customer reviews
Given the high price point, I expected more than this skimpy set provides. There’s a larger grass block stage, where all the action takes place, a background with four scenes, a stand to hold the “camera" (android or Apple phone or tablet, or a Kindle Fire), a few Minecraft style blocks in various configurations, a tiny sword, pickaxe and torch and four plastic Minecraft figures, plus a spider.
The idea is that you use the stage to create a stop-action animated film with a free app you download.
Like all stop action, it’s a tedious and slow process, which my son learned quickly. The most frustrating part was that, even with the stand, it’s hard not to move or shake the iPad when you push the button to activate the app’s camera, which can screw up the painstakingly laid out movie.
The app does offer it’s own pre-made transitions and scenes to bulk out your child’s movie, and my son did have fun putting the film pieces together. He was actually super patient in the set-up of the shoot, actually surprising me how much he was into the fairly tedious work, it was only when things didn’t work as they should that he became a little frustrated.
It’s also unfortunate that the scale here doesn’t line up with any other Minecraft toys/products. You can’t use the ubiquitous plastic figurines (which my son has tons of) because they’re way too large in scale, nor the foldable card-stock Minecraft pieces we also have because, again, the scale is wrong.
My son spent a solid afternoon working with this set, and was very proud of the short movie he made with the app. But he hasn’t gotten it out since and has returned to just playing actual Minecraft.
I bought my son extra figures to go with this, they are easily found in physical stores and on Amazon. The only problem is you cannot buy any extra "set" pieces. You can't get any extra fences or TNT blocks or any of the other fun pieces my son would like to have. Hopefully in the future they will? My son has plenty of the other Minecraft figures and blocks that have been out for a while, but those are a larger scale so they do not work with the animation studio.
I was a little worried about the app working on my sons Kindle, but since he has the newest model the app works just fine. Overall my son is happy with it having fun making his little videos.
Since standard animation requires 30 frames (pictures) to be taken for every 1 second of video, most initial attempts will end up looking like you've hit fast-forward. Kids don't realize how small of movements they really need to make. To combat this, rather than take 1 picture of each pose, take 2 or 3. It will make the motion a bit more "jerky", but since the figures aren't posable anyway, it's not a big deal. By default, the app is set to 15 frames per second, and you can adjust this. Even so, you still have to make very small movements.
Notice that with the app, it provides an "onion peel" effect. That is, it displays a very light image of the last picture you took on the screen of your phone. Look carefully and it helps you line up your next pose, and you can put the camera back in place if you bump it.
Put the background and the phone stand on something non-slip. A wood table or floor lets these things slide around easily.
If you have a bluetooth selfie stick, use it to take each picture. That way you don't have to touch the phone/tablet at all and will be less likely to move it.
+Compatible with existing Minecraft figures that are readily available in stores
+Very good app that makes creating pretty easy
+4 Different backgrounds
+App allows you to change frame rates, edit, add effects, sounds, music and more. Tons of Minecraft sounds and music are built in.
-Phone/Tablet holder doesn't sit completely flat and doesn't fit back into the box once assembled.
-Editing could be easier in the app. In particular, sounds have to be added frame by frame. So if you have a person walking for 2 seconds and want to hear the footsteps, you'll need to edit a bunch of frames one by one to add the footstep sounds one by one. It would be nice to be able to multi-select frames and then add the same sound to each.
-Would be cool if the app allowed voice-activated picture taking, or came with a little dongle or bluetooth button to trigger taking a picture
-Not enough blocks. You can't really simulate or animate blocks being mined or built because there's not enough single blocks.
-Would be better if the "ground" was also dual sided to fit in with the underground/lava backgrounds