Kung Fu Robot Kicks It Up Another Notch

KUNG FU ROBOT VOLUME THREE/PART TWO NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD.

Following on the heels of this summer’s volume three/part one release, Kung Fu Robot returns with another thrilling addition that includes more ninjas, more kablams, more hieeyahs and an even angrier angry chicken super villain. Volume three (part two) is available starting today as a $0.99 in-app purchase. In addition, readers can now purchase all the previously released volume updates as well as pre-order the final volume four updates (parts one and two) for a one-time purchase of $4.99. To date, Kung Fu Robot has been downloaded over 220,000 times, a notable feat for an iOS/iPad only kids comic book app.
 
The remaining two installments in this current series – “How to Make a Peanut Butter, Jelly & Kung Fu Sandwich” – are currently scheduled to be completed in October and December of 2014 and will conclude a busy year for not only the nine-foot tall red robot and his trusty companion Marvin but his creators as well. The Kansas City children’s entertainment startup Kid Rocket Studios has been actively negotiating new licensing and distribution opportunities, an effort that started this past June with Made In Me, a UK-based creative studio responsible for the iOS and Android apps Me Books and Me Comics.
 
“We’re extraordinarily proud of the success of Kung Fu Robot and thrilled that hundreds of thousands of kids worldwide have gotten such a big kick from it,” says studio president John Kreicbergs. “At the same time, we’re busy exploring what’s next for not only that specific property, but the studio as a whole. The world of kids entertainment is wide open and we realize our mantra of ‘launching imaginations’ means more than just producing games and comics.”
 
“As we approach the conclusion of this first Kung Fu Robot storyline, we’re going to wrap it up with a bang,” says Jason Bays, Kung Fu Robot creator and studio co-founder. “In terms of what’s next, it’s likely to be a combination of building on our current work and selecting something completely different and new. We’re also in the process of some exciting plans for reaching out to kids in the community as well as the wealth of local artists, developers and storytellers.”
 
For more info about Kung Fu Robot, visit KungFuRobot.com.

Don't Call It a Rerun: Pocket Sitcom is BACK!

Pocket Sitcom is a soundboard app for iOS and Android that recalls the classic sitcom soundtracks, sound effects and audience reactions of classic TV-land offerings. This latest version, which builds on the simple functionality and quality sounds (courtesy of Noel Selders at Substream Music + Sound Design) that caught the attention of the writers of NBC’s Parks and Recreation and lead to the app being featured on the show, is free to download via the App Store and Google Play.

DESCRIPTION

You will never have the chance to pull a fast one on Mr. Belding. Sheldon doesn’t care about your theoretical theorems of quantum physics. You’ll never look cool doing the Urkel. There won’t be a Festivus for the rest of us. Clarissa will never explain it all, an estranged cousin from Mepos will never knock on your door and no one wants to meet you at Central Perk for coffee. Face it – no matter how hard you try, no matter how many reruns you watch, your TV sitcom fantasies will never come true. Except for one.

Pocket Sitcom provides the soundtrack for the sitcom of your life. Choose the right chuckle for your well-placed pun, the fitting cheer for your neighborly entrance, or flex those muscles to the loud swoon you always deserved. Whatever the occasion, Pocket Sitcom is designed to add the perfect touch of cheese to your modern life and bring a dash of must-see TV to every day of the week.

FEATURES

  • Three screens and over 30 original, high-quality sound effects to choose from.
  • Laughter. Applause. Woots and wah-wahs. Gasps and guffaws. Theme music, punches, quick hits, bumpers and more!
  • Don’t like commercials? A simple in-app purchase removes all banners from the app. Just like a DVR, but better.
  • Subscribe to push notifications to be the first to know about new sounds as well as new apps in the POCKET SITCOM series.

All you need now is an oversized cell phone. So c’mon preppy, life is short – give it the soundtrack it deserves.

(Crickets? Really? Fine. That joke played better at the table read.)

Kid Rocket Studios in the Kansas City Star

  The Kansas City Star , July 5, 2014

The Kansas City Star, July 5, 2014

Many thanks to Linley Sanders from The Kansas City Star for stopping by recently to learn a little more about what we have cooking here at Kid Rocket Studios. Photographer Keith Myers snapped some cool pics of the crew as well as this stellar shot of Jason Bays and his son Ashby.

For the full article, it's available online here.

Rockets, Death Rays and Diabolical Plots

KUNG FU ROBOT VOLUME THREE UPDATE NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD.

Kung Fu Robot is back with another action-packed update, just in time to help officially kick off the summer reading season for kids of all ages. According to the app’s iTunes description for this installment, “the plot chickens...er...thickens with a new game, more dramatic poses, more evil laughter, more evil plans, and one evil chicken.” Volume three (part one) is available starting today as a $1.99 in-app purchase.

It’s been a busy year for Kung Fu Robot and its parent company, Kansas City-based children’s entertainment startup Kid Rocket Studios. Officially launched in April of this year, the studio released the much-anticipated volume two follow-up to its 2013 debut, which Parents magazine had named as one of last year’s best kids apps.

In June, the studio announced the signing of its first property distribution agreement with London-based digital creative agency Made in Me. The deal brought Kung Fu Robot to Made in Me’s kids comic book distribution app ME COMICS as that app’s first indie comic title offering. It was also the first time the Kung Fu Robot has been made available outside of its own app. Additional issues will be released in the coming months and will likely extend into 2015.

Kid Rocket Studios is also exploring additional external distribution and licensing opportunities for the property. Concurrently, new standalone app experiences are under internal development by the studio and will bring Kung Fu Robot to the iPhone as well as Android-based phones and tablets.

Meanwhile, three more installments of “How to Make a Peanut Butter, Jelly & Kung Fu Sandwich” will conclude this initial Kung Fu Robot storyline, with updates to be released in August, October and December of this year.

“We believe that in order to fully realize the potential reach and proven appeal of Kung Fu Robot, it’s going to require the development of multiple vehicles for exposure,” says John Kreicbergs, Kid Rocket Studios president. “It’s not just a strategy. It reflects the reality of how kids these days discover and engage with characters and stories they love.”

“Every media format – whether it’s a storybook app, a game, a traditional printed book or comic, or an animation – requires a different approach,” says Jason Bays, Kung Fu Robot creator and studio co-founder. “It requires us to be very thoughtful about how everything plays out from one execution to the next. Each introduces new levels of complexity while providing additional opportunities for story and character development.”

“The children’s entertainment space is changing and evolving at a crazy pace,” says Marcelo Vergara, studio co-founder. “As an independent studio, we believe we have a distinct advantage in being able to nimbly adapt. We’re just getting warmed up. Kung Fu Robot is just the beginning.”

For more information about Kung Fu Robot and to download the app, visit KungFuRobot.com.

HIEEEYAH! Kung Fu Robot Arrives on Me Comics

KID ROCKET STUDIOS INKS DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH MADE IN ME

Kung Fu Robot to be featured as first indie title within ME COMICS app.

Following the recent formation of Kid Rocket Studios, the Kansas City-based children’s entertainment startup has signed its first property distribution agreement with London-based digital creative agency Made in Me. The deal will bring Kid Rocket Studios’ flagship property Kung Fu Robot to Made in Me’s kids comic book distribution app ME COMICS and will be the app’s first indie comic title offering. It marks another first for Kid Rocket Studios, representing the first time the Kung Fu Robot property will be available outside of its own app.

Kung Fu Robot #1 is available via ME COMICS starting today.

Available for both iOS and Android devices, ME COMICS is a comic book distribution app where individual issues or an entire series can be purchased and downloaded to a mobile device. It also includes the ability to “draw and record,” a feature where adults or kids can define an onscreen area for interaction and then record their own words or sounds for it.

“We were already familiar with Made in Me’s ME BOOKS app and were really impressed by the quality of that experience,” says John Kreicbergs, Kid Rocket Studios president. “When they took that knowledge and applied it toward ME COMICS while at the same time attracting premium partners and titles right from the start, we knew we had to reach out and learn more.”

“After connecting with them on Twitter, we quickly arranged a call with their team,” says Jason Bays, Kung Fu Robot creator and Kid Rocket Studios executive creative director. “There was an instant understanding between us. A common vision. Shared motivations. We found a lot of common ground.”

Made in Me chief executive James Huggins also believes that for ME COMICS to continue to grow its position and enhance its credibility, finding a way to offer a mix of established titles and independent properties within its marketplace will be important.

“What we’re doing is very much like the digital equivalent of the independent book or comic shop,” says Huggins. “We want to be a source that parents trust and where kids know that they can get good stuff. We need a mix of titles to make it work to its fullest potential.”

Kung Fu Robot #1, available now for purchase in the ME COMICS app, will introduce readers to the current “How to Make a Peanut Butter, Jelly and Kung Fu Sandwich” storyline but future plans include growing beyond the current story arc.

For more information and to download the ME COMICS app, visit mebooks.co/get-the-apps.