Talking Tom & Friends
|Talking Tom and Friends|
|Original work||Video game series|
|Films and television|
|Animated series||Talking Friends|
Talking Tom and Friends is the flagship franchise of interactive entertainment company Outfit7 Limited. As of July 2014 there are six characters (Talking Tom, Talking Angela, Talking Ginger, Talking Ben, Talking Pierre, and Talking Gina) and 14 apps within the Talking Tom and Friends umbrella brand.
The Talking Tom and Friends brand has expanded beyond second screen entertainment in the years since its launch in 2010. There is now branded merchandise, YouTube music videos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtv_VSw_nhg), an animated web series (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K0Au6lfFUQ&list=PL4AB48C5C42D92CF2) and a soon-to-be-released 3D animated series. Talking Tom and orange Friends have also appeared on ABC’s Old Fashioned Family (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLarMjUAt2I) and have made appearances at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
Talking Tom is a fully animated interactive 3D character that users can tickle, poke and play with in the apps. Users can also get Tom to repeat what they say ((https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YStW-wM23Og). The original Talking Tom Cat app was launched in July 2010 for iOS, closely followed by Talking Tom 2 in 2011. Talking Tom 2 achieved over 1.8 million in the first two days of its launch and was ranked in first place on the app charts in 70 countries worldwide.
The My Talking Tom app was launched in November 2013. This interactive app sees users raise their very own Tom from a kitten to a fully-grown tomcat (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03BUX0VEAVY), caring for him and customizing his fur, clothes and home. My Talking Tom had over 11 million downloads and was the top games app in 135 countries worldwide within 10 days of its launch. 
Talking Tom also appears in other apps in the Talking Tom and Friends series: Tom Loves Angela, Talking Tom & Ben News, Tom’s Love Letters, Tom’s Messenger, Talking Friends Superstar, and Talking Friends Cartoons. He is also a guest in Angela’s Valentine, I Want To Be Big, Talking Santa and Talking Pierre the Parrot.
Talking Angela is the feline girlfriend of Talking Tom in the series (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3sHGfzCpeM&list=PLe_8Un8RVsVde0YTeC4WyPWbBW6wtydQV). She is a stylish kitty with a love of travel and singing; Angela’s chart-topping YouTube music videos have racked up millions of views (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtv_VSw_nhg).
The Talking Angela chatbot app was released in December 2012 for iOS and in January 2013 for Android. Talking Angela has also appeared in other apps in Outfit7’s flagship entertainment franchise: Tom’s Love Letters, Angela’s Valentine, Tom Loves Angela, Talking Friends Superstar, and Talking Friends Cartoon. Angela also appears as a guest in I Want To Be Big and Tom’s Messenger.
Talking Ginger is a mischievous, fun-loving anthropomorphic kitten and the nephew of Talking Tom (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OOgBlZxy0I&list=PL2DBcdm4eKci5ZBJQUf5ax4hK4IiX-Fm7). Talking Ginger made his debut in December 2011 in the Talking Santa Meets Ginger app. His own app, Talking Ginger, was released in August 2012. Fun and educational, the app has been described as making the process of going to bed and brushing teeth “a fun adventure for the whole family.” 
Talking Ginger has also appeared in other Talking Tom and Friends apps: Ginger’s Birthday, Talking Friends Cartoons, Talking Friends Superstar, and I Want To Be Big. Talking Ginger also makes appearances in the Talking Santa, Talking Santa meets Ginger and Tom Loves Angela apps.
The Talking Ben the Dog app was launched in April 2011 on iOS. This 3D canine character with a love of science (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGt_vpl8fSg) has also appeared in the Talking Tom & Ben News and Talking Friends Cartoons apps. He has also made guest appearances in Talking Santa, Talking Tom Cat 2,and Tom’s Messenger.
Talking Pierre is an anthropomorphic parrot with a love of all things musical (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-EWJN8NXEM). Pierre made his debut in the Talking Pierre the Parrot app in December 2011 on iOS. He has also made appearances in the Talking Friends Cartoons and Talking Santa apps.
The Talking Gina the Giraffe app was released in February 2011. This down-to-earth 3D entertainment character has also appeared in the Talking Friends Cartoons, Talking Santa, and Tom’s Messenger apps.
Fans of Talking Tom and Friends use the integrated social media functions in the apps to create and share their videos on social media sites. User-made videos range from Talking Tom singing Lady Gaga and dancing Gangnam style, to Benjamin Netanyahu's recorded message.
Disney Interactive and Outfit7 Limited launched a 10-webisode animated series called Talking Friends (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K0Au6lfFUQ&list=PL4AB48C5C42D92CF2) in 2012, based on the antics of Talking Tom and Friends. As of July 2014, the series has received over 300 million views YouTube.
Talking Tom and Talking Angela’s music video for their single “You Get Me” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtv_VSw_nhg), created in cooperation with Walt Disney Records/Hollywood Records, has received over 165 million views on YouTube and over 10.7 views on Vevo as of July 2014. Talking Angela has also recorded her first solo song called ‘That’s Falling in Love’. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s04noJJ5xkg)
Awards and accolades
Talking Tom and Friends has been lauded as “one of the biggest character-based brands to emerge from the apps world”.
My Talking Tom was also voted the 2014 Tabby Award Users’ Choice favorite in two categories, “Best iPad Game: Kids, Education & Family” and “Best Android Game: Puzzle, Cards & Family”.
Licensing and merchandising
Talking Tom and Friends launched a range of interactive toys called Superstar in 2012. The plush toys talk and interact with multiple Talking Tom and Friends apps, as well as with each other, using an advanced voice recognition system.
An in-house team manages Outfit7’s licensing portfolio, which includes official licensees across the world offering merchandise such as toys, stationery, apparel and more.
Talking Tom and Friends apps
|2011||Talking Tom 2||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|2011||Talking Tom and Ben News||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|2011||Tom's Love Letters||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|2011||Tom Loves Angela||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|2013||My Talking Tom||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
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