Disney Animated – Cybils 2013 Winner

Cybils_2013_logoThe results of the Cybils Awards for 2013 are in, and I’m very excited to announce that the winner of the Book App category is Disney Animated!

All the judges agreed that Disney Animated was a stand out app in a very varied group of finalists, from titles for young children (Endless Alphabet, Wee You-Things) to apps for teenagers (To This Day, Cornelia Funke’s MirrorWorld) to Disney Animated, which is for all the family to enjoy. Here is the judges’ verdict:

Disney Animated brings to life the outstanding animation heritage of Disney Studios through the expertise of Touch Press, one of the most exacting and innovative developers in the app space today. Appealing to the entire family, Disney Animated meets all the criteria we seek in outstanding interactive media. The technical elements are impeccably rendered, the interactive elements are directly linked to the content, and the narrative content is endlessly fascinating. From stills to studies, animated shorts, soundtracks, interviews, and games that illustrate the points being made, you will have trouble putting this app down.

Disney Animated cries out to be revisited again and again, revealing new insights with each reading. Like any good non-fiction book, you can read this app in linear or non-linear fashion. It drives the reader to explore and experiment. Interactive workshops built into the app not only give hands-on explanations of how animation works, they challenge our understanding of physics in a game-like way. The app makes every use of the medium, animating just about everything, even the text! You can pinch, enlarge, move, examine and share just about everything in this app. What better way to discover animation than through animation itself, but powered by the reader! With Disney Animated, Touch Press models what the digital environment is capable of and what a truly great book app can be.

What I love about this app in particular is how it can be shared with the whole family – I can guarantee it will dispel the image of kids hunched alone over a screen. There is something for every level of interest and ability. Younger children like mine (aged 6 and 4) will particularly enjoy playing with Maximus the horse’s facial expressions (from Tangled) and the snow simulator from Frozen - do have a look at the trailer below to see just how much there is to read and do. Congratulations to Disney Studios and Touch Press for a well deserved win!

Disney Animated, developed by Disney and Touch Press, compatible with iPad. Available from  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/disney-animated/id632312737?mt=8 priced at £6.99/US$9.99 at time of writing.

See all the Cybils 2013 award winners at http://www.cybils.com/ 

Thank you to Mary Ann Scheuer and my fellow book app judges for making this such a fun and rewarding experience.

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