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Battle Morale: an interview with Pop movie producer Invisible Ring ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŽฅ

Hey Poptropicans, if you’ve been hoping against hope for the way the game’s been going, this might just be the pick-me-up for you.

Battle Morale is a feature-length Poptropica fan movie by Invisible Ring and released only last month. You can watch the full film below. Plus, scroll down for a PHB-exclusive interview with the perky producer!

Battle Morale tells the story of an optimistic Poptropican โ€” Ring starring as herself โ€” seeking hope and truth in a dark and pessimistic world. Along the way, she goes on a mission to retrieve pirate treasure, confronts a former Pop Creator on the world’s troubles, and dives into the deep rivalry between Amelia and the Baron. We won’t spoil everything here, but invite you to join the journey in the video above!

And now, let’s welcome our special guest to chat with us about her inspirations and process of pulling off this project: the kindred kid and the Poptropican of passion, Invisible Ring!

Ring: Hee hee heeโ€ฆ I like those alliterations! โ€ฆSo whatโ€™s up? 

Fishy: Invisible Ring, we are nothing short of amazed at your new movie, and we want to hear more. Our first question is, how did you do it? How did your story come together and what was the process like?

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Poptropica Worlds

My dearest Balloon Boy, it’s a Poptropica Worlds trailer!

So, my dearest Poptropicans,

Today was a weird day. Not like talking cats weird… more like meeting a chipper little boy who takes selfies with immortal gods and hangs out with identical spies kind of weird. These bizarre antics and more are captured in this newย Poptropica Worlds trailer:

Well, this video is certainly… interesting. Clearly, one of the aspects that stands out most here, for better or worse, is the running dialogue narrated by an excitable young child named Manfredย who’s writing to Balloon Boy about his adventures on Poptropica Worlds. Since Poptropica has never been one to use voice acting, this change has definitely perked some ears.

From the sound of the kid’s voice, the video sets a very clear vibe of being something that hopes to appeal to children. And while Poptropica is a game targeted to kids, there is also an older player baseย around, many of whom grew up with the game from when they were children, for whom the attempt to appeal is lost in the childlike voice acting.

A commenter on the video, Messy Wolf (WonderfulFilms), writes that “the voice acting was a little bit overdone and catering to a much younger demographic.”

However, another commenter, Kenzie Backlin, had a different opinion, suggesting that “they should do voice acting for all characters.”

Whatever your thoughts on the kid’s narration, we’ve also got the rest of the video to look at. Something that’s more of an unequivocal observation among Poptropicans is that the animation continues to impress, in keeping with the Poptropica style with perhaps more detail than before, especially with the Worlds-style avatars. Good stuff!

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Another element that’s important to take note of is the actual content being displayed in the trailer: namely, the islands. We see the boy, Manfred, writing his letter on his desk in his house on Home Island, where he also spins the daily wheel and decks out his place, which he calls his “clubhouse.”

Anyway, could this letter-writing business be a sign that the currently unreleased “Inbox” feature on Worlds is soon to arrive? And that we get to send messages to Balloon Boy, who’s up in the stratosphere? It’s nice to see his presence continued in Worlds, at least.

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We also see Manfred run through the other islands currently on Worlds, Crisis Caverns and 24 Carrot. However, he also meets Zeus on Mythology Island, which exists on Poptropica Original but not Worlds โ€“ could Mythology be the next island? And perhaps more curiously, how did he get the irritable Zeus to smile for a selfie?!

zeus selfie
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Beyond that, there are a couple more that are not so familiar: in one scene, a “phantom” colored in pitch black jumps out at him from what appears to be a stage. In another, a horde of spies appears, then disappears in the next moment. The background is that of Zomberry Island with a side of a soundstage from Back Lot, but these characters don’t appear anywhere in the original game, suggesting that these will be brand new islands.

Anyway, what do you think of the new Poptropica Worlds trailer video? What islands are you looking forward to next on Worlds? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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A hunt!

Greetings, everyone. Right now I’m posting about something major announced on the PCB. Let’s get right to it shall we?

Remember Poptropica The Official Guide? It is said to be released on October 13th. There’s guides in it, info, even a fold out poster. The guide is coming really soon, but to celebrate the creators have planned something very special ๐Ÿ˜‰

A scavenger hunt will be run on Poptropica based on this book :D. This is a rare activity that I must say I’ve never seen anything like it on Poptropica. Three clues will be revealed each week on the PCB. You must have a copy of this guide with you to take part in the scavenger hunt according to the official webpage http://www.poptropica.com/books/official-guide-poptropica.html. Once you have found the answers to all three clues, you win prizes for that week! According to the website there are three scavenger hunts:

Scavenger Hunt 1: 10/13/11-10/26/11

Scavenger Hunt 2: 10/27/11-11/9/11

Scavenger Hunt 3: 11/10/11-11/23/11

The scavenger hunts goes all through September and mostly through October. On the bottom of the webpage there’s a special video from Jeff Kinney titled “Jeff Kinney talks about Poptropica.” In the video the creator of the virtual game. The video is 2 minutes in length and basically explains the virtual world of Poptropica on “how to get started” and how “it’s an interactive and entertaining game.” Be sure to check it out if you have time.

Ughh, well I’m sick this week for 5 days now with Influenza. Flu season is starting again D: EP out!

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Houses for Poptropicans?

Well, it’s about time! Recently, Captain Crawfish released this exciting news on the PCB!

Poll position

We’ve got a new poll running in the sidebar that we’d like you to answer. This is a simple one: would you want to have your own space in Poptropica, which you could decorate however you like and invite friends to come visit?

We’re always looking for ways to make Poptropica even better. Your opinion can help!

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CAPTAIN CRAWFISH

I always wanted a Poptropica house! With a red wall and a desk spray painted black! That’d be awesome. So be sure to vote yes on the poll! Oh, and he also released this redundant news.

You talk the talk…

Have you had a chance to check out the sneak preview of Red Dragon Island? Lots of Poptropicans have already battled their way to Yokozuna status. Whether or not you’ve joined their status, you may have noticed something interesting about your opponents: they’re a mouthy bunch.

Yes, your Sumo opponents talk a lot of trash before the matches. Let them talk the talk — but if you can walk the walk, then you’ll be a Yokozuna in no time!

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CAPTAIN CRAWFISH

Chubby McChubby’s got a potty mouth. Oh, and there’s a new ad on main street sponsoring PBS’ two new shows, Noah Comprende (rip off of Dora the Explorer) and Chuck VanderChuck’s something something EXPLOSION! (A man who is a bit TOO nonsensical.) You watch the video and get two costumes. They’re pretty lame though. Peace!

~Gained a year EL6

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THE SACRED MIDAS TOUCH!

Have you ever wanted to channel King Midas’ famous power — turning everything into GOLD?

Of course! It's my biggest dream to have that power albeit the detrimental side effects that would render me uncapable of communicating as I couldn't touch anything or anybody!

You do?ย  Well, that works out handsomely, because you can just waddle into the Poptropica Store right now, and pick up your very own Midas Touch for the low price of 250 credits. Of course, if you’re wise like myself, you can get it for absolutely FREE!*

*membership required

Speaking of Poptropican membership, here’s a video of me testing it out:

Pretty sweet, eh?ย  After you’ve seen this video, does your opinion change about membership in Poptropica at all? Do you find yourself on the verge of insanity unless you get your membership? Or, are you not impressed, thinking that you could spend your money on something more useful?ย  Let us know in the comments! ^_^

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I know this doesn’t have much to do with Poptropica, but I would appreciate it if you guys took the time to vote in the Best Virtual World for Kids poll on About.com.

http://familyinternet.about.com/od/resources/ss/readerschoice10-voting_4.htm

Shamefully, Poptropica isn’t on there, but another great virtual world, The Travels of Wiglington & Wenks, is!ย  Hijuyo, Coderkid, and I all have accounts on there… so it’s bound to be good, right? ๐Ÿ˜€ I urge you guys to check it out for yourself (CLICK HERE! You know you want to move your cursor over here. ;D) and to vote for it!ย  We’re in 2nd place right now only bested by… *thunder crashes* WEBKINZ WORLD! UGH (no offense to Webkinz World players)! Of course, I don’t want to force you to vote for The Travels of Wiglington & Wenks; make your best judgment on what virtual world you want to pick (hint: The Travels of Wiglington & Wenks ;)).

Thanks again, everybody!

~Smockers