Disney Animated - Best new Android, iOS apps of August 2013


1. Disney Animated (Developed by Disney Interactive)
Available for: iPad
Price: $13.99

Disney Animated is a treasure trove of art and information for Disney enthusiasts, aspiring animators and anyone with even a passing interest in the art of filmmaking. This content-rich iPad application offers unprecedented access into the behind-the-scenes process that brought to life features ranging from 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the forthcoming Frozen, leveraging interactive touchscreen technology to enable users to explore each aspect of the animator's craft in intricate detail.

Disney Animated compiles concept art, storyboards, animation tests and visual effects from all 53 Walt Disney Animation Studios features--users can zoom in to examine characters, painted backgrounds and other creative elements or trace their finger over the Color Map, a single, full-screen image containing thumbnails from every scene from every full-length Disney release. The app also lets you animate authentic Disney character models and play around with visual effects simulation tools, then share the fruits of your creativity via social media. 

Disney Animated is ridiculously entertaining and also educational: The app includes an unabridged version of the Principles of Animation chapter from Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston's book The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation, improving on the original print edition by introducing character movement when an illustration is touched. It's an app, it's a game and it's a learning tool, but most of all it's a journey into imagination, and it's a must-have for Disney fans of all ages.