Press release from Zinkia Entertainment:
Madrid, Spain– Zinkia Entertainment, the creators of the award-winning preschool animation property Pocoyo, have unveiled a new app on iTunes today, Talking Pocoyo, based on the beloved brand. Driven by incredible consumer demand for more interaction with the fun and adventurous Pocoyo, the new Talking Pocoyo app features a fully animated 3D Pocoyo, speech recognition, and video recording options.
The Talking Pocoyo app is available for the iPhone for approximately $1.99 U.S. (1.49€). Speech recognition allows Pocoyo to repeat anything that is said to him and high quality 3D animation triggers Pocoyo to come to life when poked, played or tickled on touch-screen devices. Other features allow children to:
- Imitate Pocoyo’s incomparable and distinctive dance moves.
- Play a musical instrument and discover ten prerecorded melodies to dance to along with Pocoyo.
- Guess which animal Pocoyo is imitating.
- Record everything Pocoyo does and share it with family and friends on Facebook or YouTube.
Additional dances and musical instruments are available with the in App Purchase shopping cart.
The Talking Pocoyo app is available in English, as well as in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, French, German and Italian.
“Our first Pocoyo app, Pocoyize, fueled over 14 million downloads via iTunes and online combined and quickly earned the distinction of being one of the most downloaded apps in markets ranging from Japan to Mexico and Spain,” said Maria Doolan, Managing Director, Brand & Business Development, Zinkia Entertainment. “Talking Pocoyo gives fans a higher level of engagement for Pocoyo’s worldwide fan base and unlimited fun!”
Genera Interactive, Zinkia’s development partner for Talking Pocoyo, has generated over 5 million downloads worldwide to date for their My Talking Toys line of apps. They have reached the #1 spot in the entertainment category, and the Top 5 spot overall in countries including the USA, the UK, France, Spain, Japan, Canada, Brazil and Australia. Talking Pocoyo joins six other My Talking Toys applications: Talking Teddy Bear, Talking Rapper, Talking Cowboy, Talking Pirate, Talking Gingerbread and Talking Princess. All of the My Talking Toys apps have been successful in the App Store. Genera Interactive will market the Talking Pocoyo app to reach that same fan base and popularity.
Zinkia Entertainment’s Pocoyo is recognized as a global hit brand. The animated series first launched in 2005 across all media platforms simultaneously and in a multitude of languages. The series now airs in over 150 markets around the world, and in the U.S., airs on Nick Jr., Univision’s Planeta U and select PBS Kids stations. Pocoyo is available online via its www.pocoyo.com and www.pocoyoworld.com websites and its own dedicated YouTube channel; on videogame platforms such as Wii and Nintendo; and through mobile apps like Pocoyo TV for Smart Phones and iPads.
Pocoyo’s YouTube Channel receives over 50 million hits per month on average and has accumulated over 800 million hits to date. Pocoyo also has over 750,000 Facebook friends; the online virtual world, www.pocoyoworld.com, has attracted more than 2.5 million unique visitors, and the Pocoyo app, Pocoyize, which allows users to create their own Pocoyo-style avatar, has proven a huge hit both online and via iPhone® with approximately 14 million people Pocoyized to date. And the official Pocoyo website, www.pocoyo.com, has amassed more than 27.5 million content downloads.
Most recently, Zinkia Entertainment signed a Ready to Learn (RTL) educational partnership in the U.S. with the Hispanic and Telecommunications Network, Inc. (HITN) that will establish Pocoyo as the foundation for the English Language Learning (ELL) component of Project LAMP. Through this partnership, HITN will bring Pocoyo to a series of tablet, smart phone and web-based programming designed to aid preschool children in developing critical literacy skills in English.
To Purchase the Talking Pocoyo App via iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id505401716?
For more information about the Talking Pocoyo App, watch this video: http://youtu.be/yRFOlZy5Sr8