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26th Oct '13 1:52:43 PM JMQwilleran
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[=LeapFrog=] Enterprises is a toy and publishing company based in Emeryville, California. Founded by a Michael Wood in 1995. The company specializes in educational toys and electronics. They are primarily known for the [=LeapPad=], an electronic talking book device, the Leapster - a handheld gaming console with the processing power that's about equivalent to a GameBoyAdvance, and the Fly Pentop computer, which somehow gained popularity in the business and computing world. They are also well known for the ''[=LeapFrog=] Learning Friends'', characters originally created for materials to be used with the [=LeapPad=], but has since been spun-off to be used in various other toys and even [[WesternAnimation/LeapFrog animated DVD releases]]. Please note: Tropes unique to the DVD series have been moved to the [[WesternAnimation/LeapFrog Western Animation]] section. This page lists tropes that applies to the toys and the company's products in general, although tropes that crosses over into the DVD series are allowed. ---- !![=LeapFrog=] products exhibit the following tropes: [[index]] [[foldercontrol]] [[folder:Products in general]] * AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]]. Averted with the ''Learning Friends'' themselves, but in their universe they have purple caterpillars, purple fireflies, green and purple dogs, purple octopi, and more. And then Edison, said purple firefly, joins the main cast just as everyone that is not Leap, Lily and Tad is PutOnABus... * AmbiguouslyBrown: Dot and Dan. * ArtShift: The [=LeapFrog DVDs=] initially mis-portrayed Edison as a more normal yellow firefly, as he was purple in all the toys and [=LeapPad=] books. He regained his purple color since ''Let's Go To School''. Also, the character designs in the [=DVDs=] has noticeable simplifications when compared to the book. And well, there's a major crossover with ArtEvolution with the major character design change between ''A Tad of Christmas Cheer'', and ''Let's Go To School!''. * AscendedExtra: Edison. Originally introduced as a minor character in a [=LeapPad=] book, he was PutOnABus for a bit, and then brought back in time for A Tad Of Christmas Cheer, and then upgraded into a core character. * CrossDressingVoices: The Violet toys are voiced by the same voice actor that voices Scout (11 year old Charlie Ibsen. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Udulp08nuwU See him interviewed by a San Fransisco Chronicle reporter here]]). In fact, the My Pal Scout and My Pal Violet actually shared an identical voice set to cut costs (this was possible because the toys never mention their own name). The other toys only made minor tweaks to the voice set, but Scout and Violet still sound identical on these toys. ** Also, in the Learning [=DVDs=], Tad and Leap are voiced by females (Julie Maddalena and Cindy Robinson respectively). * EverythingsPreciousWithPuppies: Scout and Violet. * {{Expy}}: Both VideoGame/JumpStart and LeapFrog feature (or, in [=JumpStart's=] case [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome featured]]) similar-looking fireflies[[note]]the [=JumpStart=] version's pre-2000-or-so incarnation doesn't look like LeapFrog's Edison, but the post-2000 incarnation does[[/note]] named Edison who are best friends with frogs, and a cat named Casey. The question is, who's Expy-ing off whom? * FurryConfusion: We have Dot and Dan, anthropomorphic dogs. Then we have Scout and Violet, zoomorphic dogs. Then to prove that it's in the same universe, have Dot and Scout appear together in the [=ClickStart=]'s intro cutscene. Then take the MindScrew up to new heights when Scout and Violet are portrayed as anthropomorphic in some of the toys as well. * InNameOnly: The [=LeapPad=] Explorer is a Tablet device with a color LCD touchscreen, and shares absolutely no similarities in operation with the [=LeapPad=] of old. * PinkGirlBlueBoy: The ''Purple Girl Green Boy'' variant is used with Violet and Scout respectively. Also, many of their products comes in either blue and green or purple and pink. * RegionCoding: LeapFrog is the latest to join this madness (and so far, the '''only''' toy company to do so with their app store). Especially egregious because not only do they have a monopoly over the app market, but IP blocking is as flawed as it comes (being prone to false positives and can be bypassed by the more desperate). And oh, they let you see apps available on other markets, just blocking you from buying the said app. Seeing highly desirable apps and videos but not being able to buy them is a painful tease... * SpinOff: The [=LeapPad=] was spun off into various different sub-models, and some of them are incompatible with each other. This also applies to the Leapster (although all but the Leapster Explorer are cross-compatible) and the Tag (the Tag is compatible with Tag Junior titles, but not the other way around). * SuddenlyVoiced: [[ZigZaggingTrope Currently Zig-Zagging]] for Scout. He does not talk in his first appearance on the [=ClickStart=] educational computer, but the next toy that features him, the eponymously-titled ''My Pal Scout'', has him voiced. And then he does not talk when he made his animated [=DVD=] debut in the ''The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park'' and ''Numbers Ahoy'' [=DVDs=], but said [=DVD=] has extras that are not part of the story where he ''sings''. And then, comes the Scout and Friends videos... * PutOnABus / ChuckCunninghamSyndrome / RetGone: Everyone that is not Leap, Tad, Lily or Edison when ''Let's Go To School'' was produced. Heck, shortly before that point, it seemed that the entire ''Learning Friends'' crew was put on the bus in favor of keeping only Scout and Violet around. Thank goodness they had the sense to at least let the core kids off the bus before it moved off. But for the rest of the characters, they were just gone like that and have never been mentioned since. Although some did re-appear in [=LeapPad=] books that were republished and reworked for the Tag, they have never been seen in any newer toys and new Tag titles, and are not in the [=DVDs=] since ''A Tad Of Christmas Cheer''. * TertiarySexualCharacteristics: The only difference between Scout and Violet? The color, and the fact that Violet has ''eyelashes''. [[/folder]] [[folder:Toys]] * SpinOffBabies: The [=LeapFrog=] Baby line of products, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: toys and accessories for infants. It comes with baby-fied versions of the learning friends characters. * {{iOS Games}}: About a dozen titles. [[/folder]] ----
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[=LeapFrog=] Enterprises is a toy and publishing company based in Emeryville, California. Founded by a Michael Wood in 1995. The company specializes in educational toys and electronics. They are primarily known for the [=LeapPad=], an electronic talking book device, the Leapster - a handheld gaming console with the processing power that's about equivalent to a GameBoyAdvance, and the Fly Pentop computer, which somehow gained popularity in the business and computing world. They are also well known for the ''[=LeapFrog=] Learning Friends'', characters originally created for materials to be used with the [=LeapPad=], but has since been spun-off to be used in various other toys and even [[WesternAnimation/LeapFrog animated DVD releases]]. Please note: Tropes unique to the DVD series have been moved to the [[WesternAnimation/LeapFrog Western Animation]] section. This page lists tropes that applies to the toys and the company's products in general, although tropes that crosses over into the DVD series are allowed. ---- !![=LeapFrog=] products exhibit the following tropes: [[index]] [[foldercontrol]] [[folder:Products in general]] * AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]]. Averted with the ''Learning Friends'' themselves, but in their universe they have purple caterpillars, purple fireflies, green and purple dogs, purple octopi, and more. And then Edison, said purple firefly, joins the main cast just as everyone that is not Leap, Lily and Tad is PutOnABus... * AmbiguouslyBrown: Dot and Dan. * ArtShift: The [=LeapFrog DVDs=] initially mis-portrayed Edison as a more normal yellow firefly, as he was purple in all the toys and [=LeapPad=] books. He regained his purple color since ''Let's Go To School''. Also, the character designs in the [=DVDs=] has noticeable simplifications when compared to the book. And well, there's a major crossover with ArtEvolution with the major character design change between ''A Tad of Christmas Cheer'', and ''Let's Go To School!''. * AscendedExtra: Edison. Originally introduced as a minor character in a [=LeapPad=] book, he was PutOnABus for a bit, and then brought back in time for A Tad Of Christmas Cheer, and then upgraded into a core character. * CrossDressingVoices: The Violet toys are voiced by the same voice actor that voices Scout (11 year old Charlie Ibsen. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Udulp08nuwU See him interviewed by a San Fransisco Chronicle reporter here]]). In fact, the My Pal Scout and My Pal Violet actually shared an identical voice set to cut costs (this was possible because the toys never mention their own name). The other toys only made minor tweaks to the voice set, but Scout and Violet still sound identical on these toys. ** Also, in the Learning [=DVDs=], Tad and Leap are voiced by females (Julie Maddalena and Cindy Robinson respectively). * EverythingsPreciousWithPuppies: Scout and Violet. * {{Expy}}: Both VideoGame/JumpStart and LeapFrog feature (or, in [=JumpStart's=] case [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome featured]]) similar-looking fireflies[[note]]the [=JumpStart=] version's pre-2000-or-so incarnation doesn't look like LeapFrog's Edison, but the post-2000 incarnation does[[/note]] named Edison who are best friends with frogs, and a cat named Casey. The question is, who's Expy-ing off whom? * FurryConfusion: We have Dot and Dan, anthropomorphic dogs. Then we have Scout and Violet, zoomorphic dogs. Then to prove that it's in the same universe, have Dot and Scout appear together in the [=ClickStart=]'s intro cutscene. Then take the MindScrew up to new heights when Scout and Violet are portrayed as anthropomorphic in some of the toys as well. * InNameOnly: The [=LeapPad=] Explorer is a Tablet device with a color LCD touchscreen, and shares absolutely no similarities in operation with the [=LeapPad=] of old. * PinkGirlBlueBoy: The ''Purple Girl Green Boy'' variant is used with Violet and Scout respectively. Also, many of their products comes in either blue and green or purple and pink. * RegionCoding: LeapFrog is the latest to join this madness (and so far, the '''only''' toy company to do so with their app store). Especially egregious because not only do they have a monopoly over the app market, but IP blocking is as flawed as it comes (being prone to false positives and can be bypassed by the more desperate). And oh, they let you see apps available on other markets, just blocking you from buying the said app. Seeing highly desirable apps and videos but not being able to buy them is a painful tease... * SpinOff: The [=LeapPad=] was spun off into various different sub-models, and some of them are incompatible with each other. This also applies to the Leapster (although all but the Leapster Explorer are cross-compatible) and the Tag (the Tag is compatible with Tag Junior titles, but not the other way around). * SuddenlyVoiced: [[ZigZaggingTrope Currently Zig-Zagging]] for Scout. He does not talk in his first appearance on the [=ClickStart=] educational computer, but the next toy that features him, the eponymously-titled ''My Pal Scout'', has him voiced. And then he does not talk when he made his animated [=DVD=] debut in the ''The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park'' and ''Numbers Ahoy'' [=DVDs=], but said [=DVD=] has extras that are not part of the story where he ''sings''. And then, comes the Scout and Friends videos... * PutOnABus / ChuckCunninghamSyndrome / RetGone: Everyone that is not Leap, Tad, Lily or Edison when ''Let's Go To School'' was produced. Heck, shortly before that point, it seemed that the entire ''Learning Friends'' crew was put on the bus in favor of keeping only Scout and Violet around. Thank goodness they had the sense to at least let the core kids off the bus before it moved off. But for the rest of the characters, they were just gone like that and have never been mentioned since. Although some did re-appear in [=LeapPad=] books that were republished and reworked for the Tag, they have never been seen in any newer toys and new Tag titles, and are not in the [=DVDs=] since ''A Tad Of Christmas Cheer''. * TertiarySexualCharacteristics: The only difference between Scout and Violet? The color, and the fact that Violet has ''eyelashes''. [[/folder]] [[folder:Toys]] * SpinOffBabies: The [=LeapFrog=] Baby line of products, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: toys and accessories for infants. It comes with baby-fied versions of the learning friends characters. * {{iOS Games}}: About a dozen titles. [[/folder]] ----[[redirect:Franchise/LeapFrog]]
29th Sep '13 5:58:09 AM Viira
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* {{Expy}}: Both VideoGame/JumpStart and LeapFrog feature (or, in [=JumpStart's=] case [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome featured]]) similar-looking fireflies[[hottip:*:the [=JumpStart=] version's pre-2000-or-so incarnation doesn't look like LeapFrog's Edison, but the post-2000 incarnation does]] named Edison who are best friends with frogs, and a cat named Casey. The question is, who's Expy-ing off whom?
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* {{Expy}}: Both VideoGame/JumpStart and LeapFrog feature (or, in [=JumpStart's=] case [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome featured]]) similar-looking fireflies[[hottip:*:the fireflies[[note]]the [=JumpStart=] version's pre-2000-or-so incarnation doesn't look like LeapFrog's Edison, but the post-2000 incarnation does]] does[[/note]] named Edison who are best friends with frogs, and a cat named Casey. The question is, who's Expy-ing off whom?
25th Jun '13 8:58:19 PM RAMChYLD
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They are also well known for the ''[=LeapFrog=] Learning Friends'' (image to the left), characters originally created for materials to be used with the [=LeapPad=], but has since been spun-off to be used in various other toys and even [[WesternAnimation/LeapFrog animated DVD releases]].
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They are also well known for the ''[=LeapFrog=] Learning Friends'' (image to the left), Friends'', characters originally created for materials to be used with the [=LeapPad=], but has since been spun-off to be used in various other toys and even [[WesternAnimation/LeapFrog animated DVD releases]].
3rd May '13 1:54:46 AM RAMChYLD
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Please note: All tropes pertaining to the DVD series have been moved to the [[WesternAnimation/LeapFrog Western Animation]] section. This page lists tropes that applies to the toys and the company's products in general.
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Please note: All tropes pertaining Tropes unique to the DVD series have been moved to the [[WesternAnimation/LeapFrog Western Animation]] section. This page lists tropes that applies to the toys and the company's products in general.general, although tropes that crosses over into the DVD series are allowed.
29th Apr '13 10:06:00 AM RAMChYLD
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http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Learning_Friends_kids_8710.jpg [[caption-width:320: [[PutOnABus Most of them are gone...]] ]]
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29th Apr '13 10:05:40 AM RAMChYLD
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Please note: All tropes pertaining to the DVD series have been moved to the [[WesternAnimation/LeapFrog Western Animation]] section. This page lists tropes that applies to the toys and the company's products in general.
1st Apr '13 6:31:44 PM Random888
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* {{Expy}}: Both JumpStart and LeapFrog feature (or, in JumpStart's case [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome featured]]) similar-looking fireflies[[hottip:*:the JumpStart version's pre-2000-or-so incarnation doesn't look like LeapFrog's Edison, but the post-2000 incarnation does]] named Edison who are best friends with frogs, and a cat named Casey. The question is, who's Expy-ing off whom?
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* {{Expy}}: Both JumpStart VideoGame/JumpStart and LeapFrog feature (or, in JumpStart's [=JumpStart's=] case [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome featured]]) similar-looking fireflies[[hottip:*:the JumpStart [=JumpStart=] version's pre-2000-or-so incarnation doesn't look like LeapFrog's Edison, but the post-2000 incarnation does]] named Edison who are best friends with frogs, and a cat named Casey. The question is, who's Expy-ing off whom?
30th Mar '13 7:44:05 PM StoryMakerEchidna
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* Expy: Both JumpStart and LeapFrog feature (or, in JumpStart's case [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome featured]]) similar-looking fireflies[[hottip:*:the JumpStart version's pre-2000-or-so incarnation doesn't look like LeapFrog's Edison, but the post-2000 incarnation does]] named Edison who are best friends with frogs, and a cat named Casey. The question is, who's Expy-ing off whom?
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* Expy: {{Expy}}: Both JumpStart and LeapFrog feature (or, in JumpStart's case [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome featured]]) similar-looking fireflies[[hottip:*:the JumpStart version's pre-2000-or-so incarnation doesn't look like LeapFrog's Edison, but the post-2000 incarnation does]] named Edison who are best friends with frogs, and a cat named Casey. The question is, who's Expy-ing off whom?
30th Mar '13 7:32:03 PM StoryMakerEchidna
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* Expy: Both JumpStart and LeapFrog feature (or, in JumpStart's case [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome featured]]) similar-looking fireflies[[hottip:*:the JumpStart version's pre-2000-or-so incarnation doesn't look like LeapFrog's Edison, but the post-2000 incarnation does]] named Edison who are best friends with frogs, and a cat named Casey. The question is, who's Expy-ing off whom?
26th Feb '13 10:14:48 AM RAMChYLD
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** RegionCoding: LeapFrog is the latest to join this madness (and so far, the '''only''' toy company to do so with their app store). Especially egregious because not only do they have a monopoly over the app market, but IP blocking is as flawed as it comes (being prone to false positives and can be bypassed by the more desperate). And oh, they let you see apps available on other markets, just blocking you from buying the said app. Seeing highly desirable apps and videos but not being able to buy them is a painful tease...
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** * RegionCoding: LeapFrog is the latest to join this madness (and so far, the '''only''' toy company to do so with their app store). Especially egregious because not only do they have a monopoly over the app market, but IP blocking is as flawed as it comes (being prone to false positives and can be bypassed by the more desperate). And oh, they let you see apps available on other markets, just blocking you from buying the said app. Seeing highly desirable apps and videos but not being able to buy them is a painful tease...
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