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Disney Interactive Puts the Magic of Animation at Your Fingertips with New Interactive iPad App

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Disney Interactive Puts the Magic of Animation at Your Fingertips with New Interactive iPad App

09:00 EDT Thursday, August 08, 2013

Disney Animated, a collaboration with Touch Press and Walt Disney Animation Studios, Provides Unprecedented Access to the Art and Technology Behind All 53 Walt Disney Animation Studios Feature Films

BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Disney Animated, a new premium app for iPad, is now available in the App Store. For the first time ever, fans can explore the story of Disney animation through unique interactive illustrations and authentic animation workshops derived from actual Disney technologies.  Disney Animated gives fans unparalleled access to an astonishing amount of content, including text, art, sound, images, interviews and interactive activities, spanning all eras of Walt Disney Animation Studios history, many previously unavailable to the public.  Disney Animated was created in collaboration with Touch Press, the acclaimed developer of award-winning iPad apps such as The Elements and Barefoot World Atlas, recently selected by Apple as one of the ten best apps of all time.

"At Disney Interactive we are committed to building new, high-quality storytelling experiences that leverage digital technologies and platforms," said Mark L. Walker, Senior Vice President, Disney Interactive Entertainment. "Through the power of the iPad, we are bringing fans closer than ever to their favorite Walt Disney Animation Studio films and the art and technology of making those films.  Disney Animated represents a rare moment when innovation, technology and art converge to create an experience that is entirely new."

"Walt Disney Animation Studios' top animators, artists and technicians brought their expertise to this app to help create an incredibly authentic experience which represents our studio's rich legacy," said Dave Bossert, co-author of Disney Animated and Producer, Creative Director, Head of Walt Disney Animation Studios Special Projects. "We're excited to show the world the art and technology behind how we make our films and inspire the next generation of animators."

Through Disney Animated, fans can immerse themselves in content from all 53 full-length animated feature films.  From the ability to examine treasured artifacts and intricate artwork to an exclusive first look at footage, concept art, animation tests and visual effects from the upcoming film Frozen, Disney Animated allows fans to discover the animation process through hands-on interactive activities adapted from the actual tools Disney animators use.

"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 for $13.99 from the App Store on iPad or at AppStore.com/DisneyAnimated. For more information on Disney Animated, visit Disney.com/Animated. For a complete listing of all of Disney's apps on the App Store, visit www.AppStore.com/Disney. 

About Disney Interactive

Disney Interactive, one of the world's largest creators of high-quality interactive entertainment across all platforms, is the part of The Walt Disney Company responsible for the global creation and delivery of interactive entertainment, multi-platform video games, and family-focused content across all current and emerging digital media platforms. Disney Interactive produces and distributes a broad portfolio of content from Disney Interactive Games and Disney Interactive Media. Products and content released and operated by Disney Interactive include blockbuster mobile, social and console games, online virtual worlds, #1 kid's entertainment destination Disney.com and the #1 Family/Parenting portfolio on the Web.

Disney Interactive is the interactive entertainment part of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS).

About Touch Press

Touch Press is a three-year-old publisher of richly interactive iPad and iPhone apps.  With over 5.5 million total downloads, and the winner of countless awards for its work, Touch Press is widely regarded as the most important driver of the new world of interactive media, and nearly all of its products have been featured by Apple as App of the Week or Editor's Choice.  Touch Press apps can be seen on Apple billboards and television commercials worldwide, and their Barefoot World Atlas was recently selected by Apple as one of the ten best apps of all time in connection with the 5th anniversary of the App Store.

CONTACT

Mariam SughayerDisney Interactive818-931-3889mariam.sughayer@disney.com

SOURCE Disney Interactive

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