Matthew Modine honors 100-year-old kitten named Punky Dunk
New York, NY - August 7, 2012 - Actor Matthew Modine has lent his voice for a bilingual storybook app based upon little-known children's literature of a century ago. PUNKY DUNK AND THE GOLD FISH, the whimsical tale of a curious cat, has been redesigned as an interactive early reader for the iPad and Kindle Fire. Modine is joined by Kate del Castillo, star of the popular Telemundo series LA REINA DEL SUR, who provides enchanting narration for a Spanish adaptation within the app.
"Punky Dunk is a charming series of children's tales. The artist Kat Llewellyn wanted to develop them in this unique electronic way. Her excitement and enthusiasm for telling children's stories sold me on the project," says Modine. "The idea of turning these into interactive apps seemed like an exciting way to get children involved in reading, which was invaluable to me growing up."
The storybook app was designed by Dumfun Productions as part of the Punky Dunk Project, using lost literature to develop an imaginative and dynamic learning experience for young readers. In homage to the original book, the app has been carefully hand-drawn to reflect the illustrations and watercolors of the 1912 print edition. To celebrate the book's centennial, it features 101 interactive sounds and animations, expertly coded by Glow Interactive.
"I was drawn to Punky Dunk and struck by the fact that it had faded into obscurity. I wanted to keep the books alive and share them with a new generation. Using the new technologies, Punky Dunky can connect children of different cultures through language and story and that's a big part of what the Punky Dunk Project is about," says Ms. Llewellyn. On behalf of those who generously contributed their time and talent to the Project, charitable donations are being made to the Public Library Association, with the aim of promoting reading, education and lost literature.
A veteran actor perhaps best known as Private Joker in Stanley Kubrick's FULL METAL JACKET, Modine recently voiced another feline film project, in the English version of Oscar-nominated French animated feature, UNE VIE DE CHAT. Modine is widely seen in the final chapter of the Batman trilogy, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Renowned actress Kate del Castillo came to fame in 1991's popular Univision telenovela MUCHACHITAS, and has since appeared in dozens of film and television roles.
PUNKY DUNK AND THE GOLD FISH is being released by Dumfun Productions, in association with Cinco Dedos Películas. It will be available through the iTunes Store for iPad and the Amazon Appstore for the Kindle Fire.