It’s Monday again. Is the weekend already over? Well, at least we have new apps and games to talk about. Every Thursday, Apple spotlights one or more amazing app as an Editor’s Choice. Apps range from high-quality graphics games to pro level photo editing programs. Last week, Apple bestowed the honor on Dropchord for incorporating music and gameplay in an exciting way.
This week, Disney gets the nod for its new Animated app. If you’ve ever wondered how a full-length feature animation is made, you’ll get all the answers you need from this informative app.
For the first time, Disney fans can get an in-depth look at what it takes to make an animated film with this interactive animation workshop. Fans can browse through images, read articles, listen to audio, and more.
Disney Animated features more than 750 high-resolution images and clips from Disney’s archives, including backgrounds, original concept art, character sketches, story boards that you can zoom in to get a closer look at, rough animation, and story reels.
There is a workshop section that explains the principles of animation, an interactive book with animated illustrations, never-before seen clips and models of characters, a timeline of all 53 Walt Disney Animation Studio films (including future films in progress), and more.
“The world of Disney animation is amazingly rich and deep. The more you look into it, the more surprising and delightful it becomes,” said Theodore Gray, co-author of Disney Animated and Chief Creative Officer of Touch Press. “We rethought from the ground up how this story should be told, now that we can tell it with words, pictures, clips, sounds, and interactive workshops that let you apply what you’ve learned.”
Disney Animated features:
- The Story of Animation: How Disney animated films are brought to life, from early concept and story development through layout and background, animation, visual effects, sound and music and final assembly – with every illustration on every page touchable and interactive, including the ability to peel back the layers of animated scenes to reveal work-in-progress animation steps and visual effects layers.
- Interactive Workshops: Hands-on interactives allow fans to experiment with iPad versions of authentic Disney animation technologies and share their creations via email and social media. Fans can animate Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph using a straightforward but powerful 3D animation package adapted from real Disney software and control a swirling snow visual effect from the upcoming film Frozen.
- Disney Animation History in One Place: A comprehensive timeline of all 53 animated feature films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, including animated clips of favorite characters and recently uncovered historic trailers.
- Unprecedented Access: Disney Animated contains over 750 interactive illustrations, including more than 400 short animation clips, over 350 high-quality images from Disney’s archives, including backgrounds, concept art, character sketches, and super-zoomable storyboards, 3D rotational photography of rare artifacts like the maquette of Hyacinth, the dancing hippo from Fantasia, and a unique Color Map that displays a sophisticated color summary and thumbnail frames from every scene from every one of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 52 released feature films in a single iPad image.
Disney Animated is available only on the iPad for $13.99. Download it in the App Store today.