Big Top's Cartoon Toolbox

Starring Felix the Cat

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Ages: 7 and up


5 stars from Electronic Entertainment.

3 stars from CD-ROM Today.

Kids Can Make Real Saturday Morning Cartoons!

1. Pick your cartoon location from over 50 colorful backgrounds.

2. Over 200 unique props let you customize each scene.

3. Choose your cast! Each character has more than 300 dynamic movements and gestures.

4. Bring excitement to each scene with 270 irresistible sound effects and tunes.

5. Add some action with over 30 exciting effects including full frame effects and endings.

Save your cartoon creations on disk, then your friends can watch it on their computer whether they have Big Top's Cartoon Toolbox or not.

Requirements: Windows 3.1 or higher, 640x480 or higher resolution video card with 256 colors, SoundBlaster or compatible card, 4MB free RAM, 6MB hard disk space, CD-ROM drive required.

Requirements: Macintosh 7.0 or higher, 13" or larger display with 256 colors, 4MB free RAM, 6MB hard disc space, CD-ROM drive required.


Electronic Entertainment, June 1995

"Let your Saturday-morning TV mavens direct their own wacky cartoons with Big Top's Cartoon Toolbox Starring Felix the Cat. The easy-to-use program helps kids create animated stories starring such classic characters as Felix, the Professor, Poindexter, Vavoom, Rock Bottom, and Master Cylinder.

"To make a cartoon, kids create a storyboard using the program's scenery, characters, props, special effects, and sounds. It helps to have an idea in mind, because the program's overwhelming number of choices can confuse the storyboarding process. To animate a character, kids simply drag it in the direction they want it to move. It's easy enough to edit each frame of the cartoon, but fine- tuning is more limited. A single character can appear only once in each frame; adding another set of movements overrides the original, for example.

"The Cartoon Toolbox is quite sophisticated, even for the recommended age of 9 and up. It sports near-professional editing tools and high-quality graphics that resemble bigscreen 'toons. Besides being lots of fun, the program encourages kids to take an active approach to multimedia.

CD-ROM Today, June 1995

"Although this title's visual presentation is excellent, sometimes getting a cartoon's element to flow smoothly together can prove to be a struggle. While each one of the separate animated pieces in a finished cartoon may look pretty good on their own, they never seem to fit together very well. While this colorful program is a perfect title to keep kids busy on a rainy afternoon, it won't deliver more than a passing nostalgia to the adult user."

New Media, September 1995

"We weren't sure Felix the Cat Cartoon Toolbox was NewMedia material...until our art director's 6-year-old son Zachary spent about four hours mesmerized by it. It teaches the basics of animation and editing. You can add a musical score, change backdrops and create high drama with good guys vs. bad guys. Did we rigorously test Felix, holding it up to NewMedia's tough standards? No. We just spent the afternoon coming up with excuses to try and grab the mouse away from a little boy who was obviously having more fun than we were."