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What Makes a Legend?
According to Merriam-Webster’s definition, a legend is “a famous or important person who is known for doing something extremely well.” Amazing individuals have earned legendary status: In the sports world, Michael Jordan and Jesse Owens top the list; musicians and artists include the likes of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson; and in Hollywood, stars like John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando are among the legends.
Many say that legends are made, not born, but in the the case of animated characters such as Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny and SpongeBob SquarePants, they are drawn. These stars have been loved by generations the world over on TV and the silver screen. Animation is big business: The global animation industry is estimated to be worth approximately $250 billion annually. There’s nothing looney about that number.
Legends in Animation
There are many notable landmarks in animation history. Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in 1937, is thought by most to be the first feature length release in theaters. 1958 marked the premiere of Hanna-Barbera’s Huckleberry Hound, the first half-hour television program to feature only animation. In 2010, the apps world was taken by storm with the introduction of the Talking Tom Cat app, the only talk-back cat app in town.
A Digital Legend
After taking a bow in the original Talking Tom Cat app in 2010, Tom has CATapulted to stardom as the leader of the Talking Tom and Friends franchise that boasts more than 20 apps and 3.6 billion downloads.
Talking Tom Cat is THE app that created a viral sensation for families around the world, well before “something went viral” was a daily trending topic. Now, in 2016, in a nod to its flagship character, creator and entertainment leader Outfit7 Limited is reintroducing the Talking Tom Cat with fresh upgrades including a modern new look, laugh-out-loud animations and more. And not to worry, the infamous Talking Tom flatulence and other kooky sounds are still front and center.
Talking Tom has earned a spot on most mobile devices and tablets across the globe, giving him true digital legendary status. Over the last six years, players have spent an astronomical 945,000 years playing with Talking Tom apps.
Tom is also star of the hit animated series of the same name, which touts over 470 million views on YouTube, making him a bit of a digital superhero the world over. The show chronicles the adventures, hijinks and inventions of Talking Tom and the gang as they shoot their own reality television show from
his garage, aka app studio. http://talkingtomandfriends.com
In his quick rise to the top, Tom has truly found his place among the stars and is sharing the spotlight with other great animation A-listers like Mickey & Donald, Bugs & Daffy, Homer & Bart, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Care Bears and many more. You never know — with this kind of success — a Talking Tomland with rides and more could be in the not-so-distant future.
The new and improved Talking Tom Cat app is available for free on all platforms including iOS, Android, Amazon and Windows at www.outfit7.com/applications.
For more information, please visit www.outfit7.com.