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In the not-too-distant past, we were just two parents frustrated with the apps and games available to our children. We knew we wanted to be part of creating better content for kids, but we couldn’t have even begun to make this dream a reality on our own. We will never know how to thank our team for helping bring our Wonder Bunch World to life, but there has never been a better time to try to show our gratitude.
This week, we wanted to take a moment to remember that “Thanksgiving” truly is a verb. 2020 has come with more than its share of challenges and setbacks for us all, but that makes it even more important to be loud and proud of everything you’re thankful for in your work, family, and life! That’s why we are dedicating today to everyone who helped make Wonder Bunch Media a reality.
When we found our art team, it was love at first sight! We could only have dreamed of finding someone who could create a world that had only existed in our own imaginations. Once our artists set to work, our Wonder Bunch World came to life in ways that helped us finally share it with you. The relationship our artists have managed to build with our Wonder Bunch characters means that our world feels authentic and alive, and connects us with families around the world. We are thankful for their talent, and their passion for work that is accessible, inclusive, and absolutely beautiful!
We knew that we wanted Wonder Bunch to be interactive, but we also knew that we wanted all of our content to be sensory-friendly. As simple as that! Interactive, but no sudden or abrupt movements. Engaging but without gamifying. Fun, but without flashing or unnecessary lights. Ok, we knew it sounded about impossible. And honestly, we aren’t sure any other animators could have pulled it off. We gave our team a wish list and they brought us Christmas every step of the way! We are grateful for their skill, and for their willingness to use it in such a compassionate way.
It takes a unique talent to talk to children in a language and energy that is comforting to them. Our voice and sound artists were willing to take a completely different approach to Wonder Bunch than they had taken in their already successful careers. It would have been so easy for them to choose any other project, but they believed in the work we were doing, and put all of their passion into creating a world our families would know was safe and soothing for their children.
We knew that what we were looking for didn’t exist in the world of kids’ apps. What we didn’t know was just how much we didn’t know. Thankfully, we were surrounded by experts who were willing to walk us through the mechanics and psychology of what we were trying to accomplish. From teachers to nature scientists, bee farmers to a children’s play therapist, we won the lottery when it came to expert advisors willing to walk with us on this path. We are thankful for how generous they were with their time and their expertise!
We were prepared for a fair share of creative, technical, and informative writing when we launched Wonder Bunch. It turns out that we were in no way prepared or equipped for one aspect of writing that presents with app development: code writing. It’s an intricate science and a language we couldn’t Duolingo ourselves into fluency. Without our team of developers, Wonder Bunch would have lived and died an idea in our heads. We are so grateful for their tireless work to bring our vision to our audience’s hands!
We were not prepared for just how much patience and support this venture would require, but we always knew we could count on our support team to keep us moving forward. Whether we were texting about ideas that popped up in the middle of the night or looking for a test audience, we knew we were never alone. We are so thankful for the love, inspiration, and the cheering section!
The parents who decide we deserve a place in their children’s lives are doing more than downloading an app. They are supporting work that will create a demand for safe, engaging, and appropriate content for children around the world. Without your support, our apps wouldn’t have found themselves in thousands of families’ hands this year, and for that we especially thank you. Thank you for your trust, and for the privilege of being part of your little one’s education. We are truly honored and humbled. Thank you!
We are finding there is more to be grateful for every day than can be put into words, but that won’t ever stop us from trying. We are on a mission to spend the next year celebrating each win, big and small. We may be looking for new ways to recognize life’s big moments, but every minute we are here, we will find a way. Thank you for being here with us.
Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving, friends!
Meghan and Alex