Walt DIsney Animation Studios now lets fans explore 53 of its films from development through release
The app, available through Apple’s App Store for $13.99, was created with Touch Press, behind “The Elements” and “Barefoot World Atlas,” working closely with Disney’s animators, artists and technicians.
“Disney Animated” was designed as a tool to enable users to dive deep into the animation production process, through interactive activities adapted from the actual tools Disney animators use, the companies said.
Through “Disney Animated,” users can examine artwork and get first looks at footage, concept art, animation tests and visual effects from the upcoming film “Frozen,” for example.
Other features include:
The Story of Animation: A walk-through of 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, by peeling back the layers of animated scenes.
Interactive Workshops: Fans can animate Vanellope from “Wreck-It Ralph” using a 3D animation package adapted from real Disney software and control a swirling snow visual effect from “Frozen” and share their creations.
Disney Animation History in One Place: A timeline of all 53 animated feature films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, including animated clips of favorite characters and recently uncovered historic trailers.
“The world of Disney animation is amazingly rich and deep,” said Theodore Gray, co-author of Disney Animated and Chief Creative Officer of Touch Press. “The more you look into it, the more surprising and delightful it becomes. 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.”
Overall, “Disney Animated” offers up over 750 interactive illustrations, including more than 400 short animation clips, over 350 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 color summary and thumbnail frames from every scene from every one of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 52 released films.
“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 Interactive Entertainment’s senior VP Mark Walker. “‘Disney Animated’ represents a rare moment when innovation, technology and art converge to create an experience that is entirely new.”