Got a iPhone or iPod Touch? You can now make your own Muppet monster, and even send it to a friend. The app is for all ages, and helps teach body part to children.
Elmo’s Monster Maker lets you create one of thousands of possible Sesame Street monsters, by combining a variety of nifty parts. Launched on February 2, the monster plays and dances with Elmo, when it’s finished. Then you can save it, or send it to a friend.
Sesame Workshop’s Assistant Vice President for Media Distribution Business Development (what a title!), Jeffrey Fleishmann, commented that “What’s really unique about Elmo’s Monster Maker App is the interaction with the live video—Elmo is literally playing with a Muppet you’ve just created.”
Sesame Workshop previously released the game Grover’s Number Special, back in November 2009.
The new app is $3.99; Elmo demonstrates the game on YouTube.
“If I Could Do Anything, I Would…”: Google Doodle contest
Doodle 4 Google is back for a third year, allowing students from kindergarten through grade 12 to create a logo for Google, visually answering “If I Could Do Anything, I Would…”
Among the 10 Expert Jurors is Sesame Workshop’s Karen Driscoll, VP of Marketing Services, who says the “competition’s goal of encouraging young people to think big and dream big really corresponds to the mission of Sesame Street and Sesame Workshop.”
The other jurors? The legendary Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) and Pixar’s Bob Pauley, production designer for Toy Story 3. There’s also people from the creative and design departments of Barbie, DC Comics, Paul Frank Industries, King Features Syndicate (characters like Betty Boop and Popeye), Dr. Seuss Enterprises, and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates (Peanuts).
The National Winner will receive a $15,000 scholarship, $25,000 grant towards their school’s computer lab, a trip to Google’s New York office, and a computer. Their design will be featured Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. But the beyond priceless part of the prize? on the Google.com homepage for a day.
Eww, Stefani + an ugly Elmo wannabe
In case you were unaware, those mascot-style costumes party shops rent, based on television and movie characters? They’re illegal, as they break the copyright of the companies whose characters they’re based on.
But guess what? Even celebrities have fleabag costume characters at their children’s birthday parties. The Daily Mail has photos of Gwen Stefani and her tot, on his 2nd birthday. The Elmo knock-off honestly couldn’t have been uglier.