Disney debuts storybook apps for Lion King, Tangled

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Disney debuts storybook apps for Lion King, Tangled

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How I envy today’s parents of young kids. Not too long ago, my family trips always included bulging, back-breaking backpacks stuffed with children’s books.

Now, you can pack a 1.3-pound iPad (or an even lighter iPhone or iPod Touch) with enough books to go from here to there and back again.

And not just static reproductions of kids’ classics, but animated, interactive titles both new and original. Case in point: Disney Digital Books just introduced The Lion King: Timon’s Tale and Tangled: Storybook Deluxe for iOS. They’re priced at $4.99 and $6.99, respectively.

The Lion King retells the story of the movie with Timon as narrator. Most pages incorporate an animated clip from the movie, but as a backdrop to the accompanying text of story, not an awkward interstitial between pages.

The interactive elements include simple, kid-friendly actions like drawing a chalk mark here or swiping a bird there. There’s even a point when the reader is asked to roar like Mufasa, and that roar is immediately played back as a component of the scene. Nice.

Tangled feels like a more traditional storybook, w… [Read more]

Disney debuts storybook apps for Lion King, Tangled

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