Toonstar lets we move animation characters to life interjection to facial recognition


John Attanasio, CEO of Toonstar, pronounced his thought is to emanate “a new Cartoon Network.”

Attanasio and his co-founder Luisa Huang were executives during Warner Brothers, so they both worked underneath a same corporate powerful as a Cartoon Network. Attanasio pronounced a pivotal to Toonstar’s proceed is to emanate charcterised calm that’s “mobile, snackable, interactive.”

Specifically, a startup’s iOS app allows users to customize animation characters and afterwards spur them regulating their possess facial expressions. The ensuing cartoons can be live streamed (both on Toonstar itself and other services like Facebook Live, YouTube Live and Musical.ly) and viewers can correlate by adding their possess animations, such as dropping an anvil into a scene.

This might remind we of animojis, a emojis charcterised by facial approval record that Apple announced final month. However, Attanasio pronounced a dual services are perplexing to do opposite things — animojis are communication tools, while Toonstar is all about entertainment. (Plus, we don’t need to wait for an iPhone X to use Toonstar’s app.)

He also argued that a facial approval record indispensable to do this kind of thing has existed for a while now. What’s new, he said, is “this thought of a selfie culture,” that Toonstar extends by permitting users to renovate themselves into other characters, and even whole casts of characters.

Toonstar Demo

The Toonstar app is entrance out of beta contrast today. The association says that during a 3 months in beta, a app captivated 20,000 users, and a cartoons combined were noticed 50 million times.

The association has also partnered with Skybound Entertainment, a association behind The Walking Dead, on an beginning to spin several Skybound comics into Toonstar shows.

“We’re vehement to partner with Toonstar since we trust animation livestreaming has many singular advantages from both a consumer and prolongation perspective,” pronounced Skybound North CEO Catherine Winder in a announcement. “Real­time communication allows fans to bond directly with their favorite characters in a ground-breaking way.”

Eventually, Attanasio hopes that Toonstar is not only another channel for charcterised content, though a source of new egghead property: “Maybe a subsequent Rick and Morty comes from Toonstar, maybe a subsequent Bojack Horseman comes from Toonstar.”

The startup has lifted a seed turn of undisclosed distance led by Science Inc., with appearance from Jon Goldman’s GC VR Gaming Tracker Fund, Manta Ray and Social Starts.

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