Monday, September 20, 2010

Beloved children's stories go high-tech and top talent with Ruckus Media Group

Ruckus Media Group, a recently launched global family entertainment company debuts a series of high definition animated children’s story applications for mobile media platforms, which include the iPhone, iTouch, iPad and Android mobile devices.

Utilizing touch screen technology along with intellectual property from award-winning celebrities and best selling children’s authors and illustrators, the goal according to Ruckus co-founder and CEO Rick Richter “is to extend a child’s imagination through interactivity and to lead more and more kids to play and to read, regardless of the medium.”

It is expected that by the end of this year Ruckus will have more than 26 apps available to choose.

The first apps (for iPhone and iTouch) include Play-Read-and-Record-Along animated stories, and will be available on September 28 from the Apple App Store at a family-friendly price of $3.99 each.

The current crop of applications (listed below) are all gems and include:

The Velveteen Rabbit, told by Meryl Streep, illustrated by Dave Jorgenson, music by George Winston

Pecos Bill, told by Robin Williams, illustrated by Tim Raglin, music by Bobby McFerrin

Johnny Appleseed, told by Garrison Keillor, illustrated by Stan Olson, music by Mark O'Connor

John Henry, told by Denzel Washington, illustrated by Barry Jackson, music by B.B. King

Tom Thumb and the Knights of the Round Table, told by John Cleese, illustrated by Tim Gabor, music by Elvis Costello

The video below, from Rabbit Ears Entertainment will give you a good idea of the fine production values involved in these titles.

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