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The iconic Disney Parks attraction, “It’s a Small World,” is now available on your iPad, iPhone or iPod! A new animated storybook app available now on iTunes takes readers on a musical and interactive adventure. The Disney Publishing Worldwide team filled the app with special touches, including innovative ride-and-explore technology, tap-and-play interactivity, “it’s a small world” sing-along, and a special finale where readers learn to say “Hello!” in sixteen languages.
App Description ”It’s a Small World”
Experience Walt Disney’s “it’s a small world” ride, song and lyrics in an inspiring new way. This animated app takes readers on a world-class adventure packed with whimsical interactivity, beautiful artwork, and unforgettable music.
Featuring the original Sherman Brothers’ song lyrics, this simple, poetic story encourages kids to meet new people, explore new places, and discover that it’s a small world, after all. You’ll span the globe, traveling over snowy Russian hilltops, across sunny African plains, and through deep ocean waters. Rich, surprising interactivity brings each new destination to life. Plus, a special sing-along feature lets kids to join in the musical celebration!
•Innovative ride-and-explore technology
•Engaging, high-quality animation
•Irresistible tap-and-play interactivity
•Special “it’s a small world” sing-along activity
•Plus, learn to say “Hello!” in sixteen languages!
This app is an interactive storybook app where you can go through the verses of the iconic Disney song “It’s a Small World” and trigger different sounds and animations using the touchscreen. Fans of the Disney Park attraction will no doubt enjoy the tribute to the classic art presentation and the memorable soundtrack. The younger set will enjoy activating the sounds of the various animals and children sounding much like their theme park counterparts.
Two cool features to note is the way you can select the various parts of the world using the rotating wheel icon. As a parent it could unlock a world of opportunities to talk about different countries and cultures. Too much education you say? I think not. What a great gateway into the greater world making a great experience for both the child and parent. The final scene of the worldwide trip gives the reader a chance to hear “hello” as said by the featured culture’s language as well as choreograph your own fireworks display.
If you don’t mind hearing the tune over and over in your head, and yes, you will be humming it all day after using this app and enjoy a virtual trip on “The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed” than this app is for you. Great training for your kids as you prepare them for your next visit to Epcot’s World Showcase.
This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad and is $3.99 USD and is rated for 4 years and up.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
- “It’s a Small World” App Available Now On iTunes (jedimouseketeer.blogspot.com)
- It’s A Small World After All…Now Mobile! (chipandco.com)
“Disney FamilyFun” magazine, the nation’s most trusted resource for family activities, recipes, solutions, and crafts, has been named by the App Store Rewind 2011 as one of the five best iPhone Newsstand Apps in the US. The award-winning magazine is available for both iPhone and iPad and offers a feature-packed and engaging format, including interactive slideshows, videos of recipes and family activities, 360-degree views of craft projects, bookmarking features, and social media sharing tools. Since the launch of the Apple newsstand, “FamilyFun” magazine has grown to nearly 750,000 downloads.
“We’re thrilled by this accolade from the App Store as well as by the support of our consumers and A-list sponsors.” says Editorial Director, Ann Hallock. “We put a lot of thought into pairing our content with the mom-friendly tools and engaging multimedia features that bring high-tech utility to the high-touch world of moms – and it’s great to see that recognized.”
The annual App Store Rewind list includes a selection of Apple’s favorite apps and top-selling magazines, games, software, books and videos. In the iPhone Newsstand category, “FamilyFun” magazine was the only parenting app recognized; others on the Top 5 List were New York Times, “#5 Magazine,”“Autoweek Magazine,” and “Guitar World Magazine.” Other notable titles selected for this year’s list include “Angry Birds,” chef Jamie Oliver’s online recipe collection, T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland” e-book, and the TomTom USA navigation app.
Using In-App Purchase, a 12-month subscription of “FamilyFun” costs just $7.99 and single issues are available for $2.99. Current print subscribers will have access to the iPad and iPhone edition for free.
The “FamilyFun” app is available from the App Store on iPad and iPhone or at www.itunes.com/appstore. To learn more about “FamilyFun,” visit FamilyFun.com and Facebook.com/DisneyFamilyFun, or follow @FamilyFun on Twitter.
- Disney Publishing Announces Launch of FamilyFun Kids (chipandco.com)
APP DESCRIPTION - ”The Amazing Spider-Man: An Origin Story”
With great power, comes great responsibility. Anyone that knows Spider-man should know that mantra. The lesson Peter learns from the death of his Uncle Ben, and the underlining theme that makes Peter Parker the hero that Spider-man is.
The Amazing Spider-man: An Origin Story is the first iOS app from Disney featuring any of their Marvel Comics properties. (Disney owns Marvel now if you weren’t aware) The app is an interactive storybook narrated by Stan “The Man” Lee himself, and features some of the more unique interactions that other apps do not offer, including swinging through the city. The story itself is based on the book of the same name by Rich Thomas who has written more origin stories for other Marvel characters including Captain America and the X-men and are geared for children 3 and up.
The app itself features:
• Narrated by comic book legend and Spider-Man co-creator Stan “The Man” Lee!
• Interactive story-themed spider-games throughout: Help Peter Parker learn to use his powers—test your strength, swing through the city, use your web-shooters to stop a burglar and much more!
• Secret Spider Hunt to win your very own “No-Prize!”
• Multiple Reading Modes: Read to Me, Read by Myself, Auto-Turn Pages, and Younger Reader Mode
• Action-packed artwork throughout!
• Includes Spidey sound effects and music!
I love Marvel Comics. Not only did like reading and collecting them when I was younger but I also watched as much of those Marvel Hero cartoons as I could. Hearing Stan Lee’s voice intro or do the closing of the show was a great highlight. His unmistakable voice and delivery not only demonstrated the love of his characters but his masterful storytelling. This app takes me back to those times in my youth. The art was well done and appealing to me as a fan of the comics but a fan of the films as well. The app was clearly inteded for a younger audience but as an adult, I was totally hooked to hearing Stan’s voiceover guiding me through the classic story of how Peter Parker discovers his “great power”.
The app is a cinch to operate and should pose no problem to children who wish to hear uncle Stan read them a bedtime story. A great feature is simply muting Stan’s narration so anyone can read the story of ole “Webhead” aloud so you can be a hero to your kids! The various interactive elements are nice touches but is not something your kids would go back and repeat time and time again.
The app is pretty solid and the story mode alone will have children and adults reaching for their iPads or iPhones for a quick read. The thing to note is the price tag for the app – $6.99. Rather steep in my opionion. For that price it would have been nice to include links to the behind-the-scenes video that they posted on YouTube as well as a character sheet on Peter Parker and Spider-man including a brief bio and key characters in the Spider-Man story. There is a ton of history noted on the Marvel.com website what would be great to include and adapt for younger readers. Perhaps they will include some of of my suggestions in an upcoming release.
All-in-all the app is a great way to get your kids introduced to these iconic comic characters and stoke the fires of their inner geek. The messages of Marvel Comics are always tales that people can relate and learn from so consider this a great fable for younger readers and a worthy addition to your child’s e-book collection.
…you want to get your kids into Marvel Comics and love how Stan Lee tells a story!
…you’re looking for a gritty Marvel graphic novel.
Disney Publishing Worldwide has just launched Disney Reads, a new hub and go-to resource on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for all-things Disney Publishing, spotlighting books and magazines, comics, digital apps and eBooks, and much more through contests, quizzes, polls, giveaways, and fan-generated content. Disney Reads will showcase backstage segments from author events, feature exclusive downloadable goodies, and fun Disney fan content.
Please “Like” them and tell your friends, and family to enter the Disney Reads Season of Giving sweepstakes for a chance to win 2 Disney Reads Gift Packs assortment of books (approximate retail value: $700).
- Disney Publishing Unveils Disney Princess Magazine (chipandco.com)
- Disney Introduces Grand Prize Sweepstakes for ‘D-Lightful Living’ Challenge (chipandco.com)
Disney Publishing Worldwide(DPW) has launched today a new, interactive storybook app for young readers featuring the voice of comic book legend and Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee. “The Amazing Spider-Man: An Origin Story”app provides a new way for DPW’s hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide to experience comic stories. Complementing the original book from the Marvel Origins storybook series, the app retells the story of Peter Parker’s transition from teen to Super Hero with music, activities, and more.
“The Amazing Spider-Man app is a terrific first introduction to the Spider-Man story for young readers,” said Stan Lee. “It’s exciting to be a part of the creation of this authentic, interactive reading experience for children.”
“The Amazing Spider-Man: An Origin Story” storybook app features interactive, action-packed artwork, sound effects, music, and story-based activities that allow readers to test their strength, swing through the city, and use web-shooters to stop burglars – all with the touch of a finger. Lee lends his voice and bravado to the app in “Read to Me” mode for an extra “POW!”, along with three other reading modes that cater to a variety of reading levels.
Children also have the chance to help Spider-Man suit up in his gear through drawing exercises and hunt for secret “No-Prizes” within the app, which were originally implemented in 1964 by Lee when a Spider-Man fan found a continuity error in a comic and wrote a letter to the publisher.
“The Amazing Spider-Man: An Origin Story” is available in English for $6.99 from the App Store on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore. Following the initial release, additional languages will be added for localization across Europe and Asia.
For more information, visit http://disneybookapps.com and www.facebook.com/DisneyReads, or follow @DisneyReadson Twitter.