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LeapPad was one of the learning toys released in 1999 and discontinues in the late 2000s.

What Is The LeapPad?Edit

The LeapPad Learning System is an educational device whose product is intended for use in conjunction with books and cartridges designed for it, which include the original LeapFrog characters (which their own titles have been used as the "Alphaville Learning Adventures", and uses the branded characters: Leap, Lily, Tad, Mrs. Frog, Mr. Frog, Grandpa Frog, Casey, Della, Dan, Parker, Tim, Dot, Edison, Professor Quigley, Mr. Websley and more, which they all teach true learning concepts than any other toy brand) and popular TV program and movie characters (ie. The Cat in the Hat, SpongeBob SquarePants, Jay Jay the Jet Plane, Dora the Explorer and numerous Disney/Playhouse Disney characters to name a few examples).

ProductionEdit

It was developed by a team from Explore Technologies, Inc. acquired by LeapFrog in July 1998. It uses the same patented "NearTouch" technology developed for the Explore Technologies Odyssey Atlasphere. Investigation and development was started in December 1997. Its former title was called "The Book Wizard", but it got changed to the popular name of LeapPad.

Design Edit

It is a reader which looks like a large lap-desk but is attached with a pen.

Technology of the LeapPadEdit

The LeapPad features a device called "The Magical Pen" which allows stories to come to life. The audio hardware includes CELP Compression and the MIDI on-chip synth called The Leap-font Wavetable Synthesis.

Directions And Use Edit

To use the LeapPad, the player touches the power button and begins play. He or she can touch the green “GO” circle to start the fun, or stop the play with a stop sign. If desired, he or she can also read the story to themselves, and use the pen to point at a word they are unsure of to receive help from the "offscreen narrator", who in fact is called the LeapPad Storyteller (mostly a male starting from 1999; sometimes a female). He or she can touch the ear/speech bubble to hear the pages read out loud.

There may be different icons to play a game; The games are designed to not only enhance the enjoyment of the story, but to sharpen key skills such as letter and number recognition, following directions, logic, memory, and so on. 

When the illustrations are touched with the pen, character dialogues as well as brief sounds and music will make himself/herself known and directed towards the player. 

There is also a music note to sing a song and hear some music.

When the player hears “[* HORN HONKS *] Time to change your batteries! You need 4 new AA batteries.”, the player can change new batteries right away.

RatingsEdit

It is extremely popular as an educational system, with an average rating on Amazon.com of 4.3/5 and well over 400 reviews.

Age AppropriatenessEdit

It is rated for ages 4-8, but can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

ModelsEdit

It is available in a number of alternate models, including the LeapPad Pro, LeapPad Plus Writing, LeapPad Plus Microphone, My First LeapPad, LeapPad Plus Writing and Microphone, and Quantum LeapPad.

ReplacementsEdit

The LeapPad has since been supplanted by The Tag System, a iPad version of it, and LeapStart - a device that is similar to it, but remains generally available for purchase.

CreditsEdit

Developers and Manufacturers
Jim Marggraff, Mike Wood, Michelle Bushneff, and Larry Lynch

Advisors
Sarina Simon, Ann Earp, Jane Glicksman, Robin Loerch and Dr. Robert Calfee

Book Design/Production
Bumpy Slide, ess d & d, Sheena Needham

Software and Cartridges
Dave Conroy, Tom Musolf, Ron Helstad, Sheri Brooks, Brenda Noyes, Bill Winterberg, Peter Milford, Tracy Bialik, Tim Duncan, Richard Marriott

Hardware
Mark Flowers

User Testing
Lynn Rosener

Music, Underscore, Song Arrangements
Jeanne Parson
Jay Cloidt
Brad Fuller
Gary Schwantes
Jon Herbst
Judy Munsen
Richard Marriott
Mitch Brink
Andy Belling
Mary Ekler
Matthew McGuire
Louis Cortelezzi
Ralph Schuckett
Ferris Ellen Gluck

Sound Effects
Judy Munsen
Jon Herbst
Baxter Robertson

Songs by
Jeanne Parson
Judy Munsen
Brad Fuller
Gunnar Madsen
Sandy Sherman
Fran Avni
Bevin Blectum
Chris Daddio
Matthew M. Huesmann

Music and sounds (c) 1999-2007 Knowledge Kids Enterprises and Rounder Records, inc

Voice Talents
Most voice talents have been voices for 2 years, 3 years or more than that, while some do only one-time voices or substitutes, when one talent may be out for unknown reasons (e.g. sick for one day).

1999-2003: Zachary Schuman, Kelsey Lally, Blake Marggraff, Anna Marggraff, Ron Seawright, Christiane Crawford, Michael Mendelsohn, Bob Ayres, Isabella Marriott, Ali Samuel, Janie Escalle, Meagan Smith, Peter Kappen, The Boren Triplets, Danny Lee Walker, Richard Streeter, Charles Martinet

2001-03: Julie Stevens, Desiree Bogas, Fran Avni, Joy Hepburn, Joe Retta, Amy X. Neuberg, Katy Stephan, Angelina Marriott, Britt McKillip, Tosha Schmidt, Vita Romano, Katy Vaughn, Alessandro Juliani, Steve Marvel, Kathleen Barr[*], Hynden Walch[*], Christopher Gaze, Kyle McDonald, Richard White, Ming-Na Wen, Kerry Williams, Alexis Kalehoff, Liza J. Kaplan, Ted Lewis, Cassandra Morris, Kelly Ray, Veronica Taylor, Eric Stuart

Marked with [*]: Debut roles for Leap’s Friends from A-Z and Lessons for Life, actually in 1999

Late 2001-03: Pamela Adlon Segall, Lana Whittington, Nicole Rapp, Kayzie Rogers, Cristina Milizia, Anne Marie Nestor, Kether Donohue, Max Tuma, Jenell Slack, Jim Kuklinski, Ami Hines, Grant Rosenmeyer[*], Patrick Stogner[*], Jasmine Woods, Carmen Oakley[*], Jessica and Josephine Moore, Henry Futterman, Lauren "Laura" Burcham[*], The Alexander Sisters, Loren Manda, Emily Sullivan, Patrick J.P. "Pat" Duffy, Marty Gay[*], Gerald Canonico[*], Richard Sullivan[*], Melissa Caldretti, Grey Griffin, Deanna Mustard[*], Tiffany Anne Evins[*], Jen Taylor[*]

Marked with [*]: Debut roles for Leap’s Friends from A-Z and Lessons for Life, actually in 1999

Late 2002-04: Cindy Robinson, Sandy Fox, Debi Derryberry, Tony Pope, Reed Waxman, Mark Cacciatore, Mary J. Rogers, Rachel Adams, Andy Hartford, Brian Drummond, Antoinette Blanchard, Michael Donovan, Sam Kelly, Irene Trapp, Gina Ribisi (sub), Andrea Libman (sub), Amy Rubinate (sub), Jennifer Blood, James Carter Cathcart, Suzanne Goldish, Wayne Grayson, Dan Green, Jason Griffith, Carrie Keranen, Jim Napolitano, Anthony Salerno, Erica Schroeder, Michael Sinterniklaas, Marc Thompson, Tom Wayland, Oliver Wyman

2004 (late)-07: Kate Higgins, Julie Maddalena, Doug Boyd, Zephyr Banks, Sheila Rose

UK Voice Talents
Susan Sheridan, Emma Tate, Harrison Oldroyd (from 2003-06), Mae Wright, Julia Moss, Jeff Rawle, George Woolford, Theo Smith, Jeremy Douet, Hazel and Daisy Rudd, Zoë Baker (from 2004-08), Oliver May (from 2004-07), Megan Hall (from 2003-07), Mike Grady, Nzilani "Toni" Francq, Nicolette McKenzie, David Graham, Frances White, Penni Tovey, Michael "Mike" Offei, Eve Karpf, Josie Lawrence, Taig McNab

SONG VOCALS:
Queen Eleanor's Junior School Choir

Narrators
1999-2001: Jim Marggraff
1999: Whoopi Goldberg
2001-03: Christiane Crawford
2001-03: Julie Stevens
2002-03: Michael Mendelsohn
2002-05: Robin Smith
UK version: David Bamber, Morwenna Banks

Special Thank You
Mike Wood
The Tape Gallery (UK)
All the folks at LeapFrog who made it possible

(c) 1999-2007 LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.

Book ListEdit

Main article: List of LeapPad Books

Games Edit

  • LeapPad Games: The Letter Factory Game

LeapPad Models ListEdit

Main article: LeapPad Models

LeapPad Variations ListEdit

Main article: List of LeapPad Variations