Winnie the Pooh Receives His Own Storybook and Activity iPhone/iPad App from Disney Publishing Worldwide
Winnie the Pooh, the beloved Disney character, will star in his first ever book-based app with the release of the “Winnie the Pooh: What’s a Bear to Do?” Puzzle Book App on the App Store. The universal app, Disney Publishing’s first, delivers an immersive and interactive reading experience for preschoolers on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
On the heels of launching four critically acclaimed apps for iPad — “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3” and “The Princess and the Frog,” — Disney Publishing has added new layers of interactivity to “Winnie the Pooh: What’s a Bear to Do?” and has optimized the app’s content to run on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Pooh’s tummy is rumbly, but his yummy honey is hiding – children can read along and help their favorite stuffed bear find his missing honey pots, and complete fun and challenging puzzles along the way in this fully immersive and interactive reading experience packed with tap ‘n’ play surprises, silly sound effects, the ability for children to record their own narration and explore at their own pace.
“Winnie the Pooh is the perfect way to bring our digital book apps to the growing audience of preschoolers using their parents’ iPad, iPhone or iPod touch,” said Lyle Underkoffler, Vice President, Digital, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “We are thrilled to deliver our first universal app that brings to life so many cutting edge features across iOS devices.”
“Winnie the Pooh: What’s a Bear to Do?” Puzzle Book App highlights:
- Delightful illustrations, professional narration, sound effects, and beloved Winnie the Pooh background music.
- Parents can record their voice or their child’s voice reading the story and hear it played back as narration.
- Three reading modes to suit the child’s mood: Read to Me, Use My Recording, and Auto Turn Pages.
- Four interactive jigsaw puzzles combine a classic play pattern with a contemporary twist.
- Tap ‘n’ Play surprises throughout the story.
- Pooh’s Cupboard matching game ties in to the story and reinforces color recognition.
- Visual Index allows children to jump to their favorite page or puzzle.
For more information or to purchase the “Winnie the Pooh: What’s a Bear to Do?” Puzzle Book universal app for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, click here.
Don’t forget to visit our fully searchable and sortable categorized listing of hundreds of Disney apps for the iPhone and iPad here.
Disney Interactive has released two new apps for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in celebration (and promotion) of the October 5 release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition on Disney Blu-ray and DVD. Both apps are free.
The Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose app puts a modern spin on the flower petal-pulling ‘she loves me, she loves me not’ classic. After choosing the object of the love test (you can use Facebook Connect to choose a friend, manually enter in a name or skip a name altogether), click, shake or drag the petals off the Enchanted Rose as the app goes back and forth with your destiny on each drop. Shaking the device doesn’t appear to be as responsive as one might expect (and I can’t recommend doing it excessively on an iPad), but touching the rose is ultra-responsive and dragging also works well. If you used Facebook connect to choose the object of your affection, you’ll have the opportunity to post the results to your Facebook wall.
The other app is the Beauty and the Beast Lumiere app and unfortunately it’s not nearly as impressive, but makes for a cute show-off app for the fans of the enchanted (and enchanting) candlestick holder. Acting as what amounts to a touch-sensitive lamp, touching Lumiere will light each of his candles, one by one. A fourth touch will extinguish the flames, but the idea is to actually ‘blow’ the candles out by blowing over the device’s microphone. The truth is, however, that virtually any recognizable audible sound will extinguish the flames. Thus when I tried to simply sweet talk Lumiere, the quickly extinguished flames did nothing but lower my self esteem. Truly Lumiere loves me not.
Both apps feature extras such as the ability to pre-order/purchase the Blu-ray/DVD via online retailers or through iTunes and also include a trailer promoting the film.
Update: An iPad-specific version of the Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose app has been released.
Disney Channel, ABC and ABC Family Offer High-Definition TV Per-Episode Rentals via iTunes (Details)
As expected, Apple today announced that television programs in HD format will now be available for rent through iTunes 10, which is now available for download. Apple promises thousands of episodes, many of which will be available the day after broadcast. The Disney/ABC Television Group is well represented in the initial offering, with shows from ABC, ABC Family and Disney Channel joining shows from Fox and BBC America.
Each episode rental costs $.99 and can be viewed on Mac, PC, iPhone, iPod Touch and Apple TV. You’ll have thirty days from rental to begin watching the episode and 48 hours from that point to complete watching it before the rental period expires.
TV rental requires iOS 4.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch users. iOS 4.1 works with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and second, third and fourth generation iPod touch and is only currently available within the United States.
In response to the announcement, Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, has offered the following statement:
“When we put our shows on iTunes five years ago, it was revolutionary. Since then, we’ve continued to provide viewers with innovative new ways to access our programming, and today we’re proud to team with Apple on a rental option for fans of our shows.”
Title: Toy Story 3: Operation Camouflage (link)
Released: August 26, 2010
Device: iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad
Code Red Soldier! Operation Camouflage: Execute! Let’s Move, Move, Move!
Heads up recruit, it’s time for Recon Basic Training! Your mission is to find top secret items camouflaged throughout Andy’s Room, Bonnie’s Room and Sunnyside Daycare. Only the best of the best can find them all. Are you up for the task soldier?
Operation Camouflage has 20 missions throughout four locations: Andy’s Room, Bonnie’s Room, Caterpillar Room and Butterfly Room!
The Walt Disney Company today announced the acquisition of Palo Alto-based Tapulous, Inc., a leading developer of music games for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Through a merger agreement, Tapulous is now a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company reporting into Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG).
Tapulous is a leading mobile games developer whose flagship title Tap Tap Revenge has been installed by more than 30% of iPhone/iPod touch users and remains one of the most successful gaming franchises on the iPhone platform. The company’s other popular games include the wildly innovative Riddim Ribbon and Tap Tap Radiation, the #1 game on the iPad at launch.
“Tapulous has been on the leading-edge of mobile gaming. By joining Disney, we will be able to continue to excel in this evolving industry and more quickly realize our vision to lead the mobile, social entertainment revolution”
As a part of DIMG’s mobile games group, Tapulous strengthens the company’s portfolio of games and entertainment offerings in the fast-growing mobile arena. Through this deal, Tapulous founders, Bart Decrem and Andrew Lacy, as well as their development team in Palo Alto, CA will be joining DIMG’s mobile content group. Decrem and Lacy, previously CEO and COO of Tapulous, will now take on the leadership roles for the DIMG mobile group with Decrem reporting to DIMG President Steve Wadsworth.
“Mobile gaming is seeing unprecedented growth and this is the right time to invest to strengthen our position in the mobile business,” said Wadsworth. “In a short time, Bart and Andrew have built Tapulous into a successful and accomplished mobile games developer that’s emerged as one of the most successful companies in the industry. We welcome the Tapulous team to the Disney family and look forward to integrating their popular games into Disney’s offerings.”
In the last year, DIMG has enjoyed many successes in its mobile business counting several “platinum” performing apps with more than 1 million downloads including Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Lite, Fairies Fly Lite and JellyCar 2, which is Disney’s most successful premium game in the app store to date. In addition, DIMG creates and delivers unique mobile content and manages a Disney-branded mobile phone service in Japan in association with Softbank.
“Tapulous has been on the leading-edge of mobile gaming. By joining Disney, we will be able to continue to excel in this evolving industry and more quickly realize our vision to lead the mobile, social entertainment revolution,” said Decrem. “With Disney’s powerful breadth of content and heritage in technological innovation, they are the perfect partner for Tapulous. It is a true honor to join the Disney team.”
The Walt Disney Studios has launched a new Disney Movies app, exclusively for the Apple iPad, that lets users discover more about current and classic Disney movies. The app is part of the continuing effort to engage fans and provide them with access to their favorite Disney movies on the platform they prefer.
“The Disney Movies app is a perfect way for our fans to learn more about the amazing creative content that is currently available from The Walt Disney Studios,” said Greg Brandeau, the Studios’ Chief Technology Officer. “Whether they want to head straight to their local theater, buy the latest Blu-ray or DVD, download the newest digital release on their iPad, or search and discover new details about our films, the Disney Movie app provides fans with a dynamic and engaging experience.”
Once iPad users have downloaded the free Disney Movies app, fans can preview the most recent trailers and read a synopsis of featured movies. Movie lovers can see local theaters and showtimes for their favorite Disney films and immediately buy tickets via Fandango and other online movie ticket providers. The upcoming “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is the first new release to be offered on the Disney Movies app, along with other Disney movies that are already in theaters.
With movies that are available via the Studios’ Home Entertainment division, the app has the ability to connect consumers directly to online retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and Disney Store to purchase Disney movies on Blu-ray™ or Disney DVD. More partners will be added with future updates of the app. For users who would prefer to receive movies electronically, iPad users will also have the ability to download them digitally into their iTunes or Vudu account.
More than 60 movies are featured in the app’s innovative user interface. Due to the nature of its simple and sophisticated design, the app can be updated as soon as new content becomes available. An iPhone and iPod touch compatible app will be available this summer and apps for other smart phones are also in development.
The Walt Disney Company has shown great success creating “must-have” apps for the iPad. The ABC Player app has been downloaded over 850,000 times since iPad’s April 3 launch and more than 4.5 million episodes have been started. ESPN’s ScoreCenter XL and ESPN Pinball are among the top apps in their respective categories (Sports and Games) and other Disney-branded games are also extremely popular on the device.
To get the new ‘Disney Movies’ app from Walt Disney Studios, click here.
The Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam app is now available from the App Store. The app lets iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users hear music clips, watch videos and more from the Disney Channel Original Movie and its soundtrack.
The Camp Rock 2 app is available for $.99 and features:
- Free song download “Can’t Back Down,” with vocals from Demi Lovato plus Alyson Stoner, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle and Char Ligera. The free download will be available for the first 30 days, beginning May 26.
- Exclusive day and date audio and video premieres of Camp Rock 2 music and behind-the-scenes content.
- “Camp Rock Yourself” photo feature where users can take photo or use native photos in a Camp Rock 2 picture frame.
- “Shake” feature will re-skin entire app and all slides to “Camp Star,” the rival camp in the new movie.
- “Which Camp Rocker Are You” Quiz – users can answer a series of personality questions to find out which Camp Rock 2 star is most like them.
- Reminder screens to take over home page for key dates such as iTunes album debut, the Disney Channel movie premiere and more.
- Audio and video sections with links to iTunes for purchase. The audio player will run throughout the app.
- Photo gallery which highlights key scenes from the upcoming movie.
The app was produced by Walt Disney Records and Disney Channel. The Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam soundtrack will be available in stores and at online retailers beginning Tuesday, August 10. “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam” will premiere on Disney Channel Friday, September 3. The Jonas Brothers concert tour with special guest Demi Lovato (featuring both artists’ hits as well as music from both “Camp Rock” films) embarks on July 27.
Camp Rock 2 App is available for $.99 from the App Store here.
Remaining free, version 2.0 of the app includes the following new features:
- Additional voting option with “Click to Call”
- Music and sound effects for the introduction and paddle feature
- Push Notifications available for start of show & eliminations information
- Facebook Connect option to post support for any dancer.
Have you ever wanted to reach out and touch a star? Now you can! All the excitement, glitter, and sexy spray-tanned talent you love to watch on Dancing With The Stars is literally IN YOUR HANDS thanks to your iPhone!
Disney Interactive Studios today officially announced development of Toy Story 3: The Video Game, supporting all major platforms and featuring a fun, new way to enjoy the Toy Story universe. Unveiled at the American International Toy Fair in New York City by Mary Beech, general manager and vice president of franchise development and marketing for Disney Consumer Products, Toy Story 3: The Video Game will feature film adventures along with Disney’s first open-world gameplay for kids. Inspired by the upcoming Disney•Pixar animated film, Toy Story 3: The Video Game is due on retail shelves June 15, 2010.
As Beech discussed at Toy Fair, Disney Interactive Studios is revealing a new gameplay mode called Toy Box. A primary feature on Toy Story 3: The Video Game console offerings, Toy Box is a virtual box full of toys. With an open-world sandbox-style of play, Toy Story 3: The Video Game taps into the beloved franchise’s humor and brings fans into the toys’ world to create their own unique story. The game’s developer, Avalanche Software, is working in close collaboration with filmmakers at Pixar to create an authentic Toy Story experience that inspires imagination and celebrates the joy of play.
“Toy Story 3: The Video Game addresses a fact understood by every kid: imagination is what truly brings toys to life,” said John Blackburn, vice president and general manager of Avalanche Software. “That’s really what a toy box is about. We remember that kind of play from our own childhood, and it’s where we began as game designers. With this title, we want to encourage and reward creativity in others.”
Designed to replicate the universal experience of playing with toys as a kid, Toy Box mode brings cowboys, space rangers, dinosaurs, and little green aliens together to create adventures only possible in a child’s imagination. Kids, families and fans will dive into Andy’s toy box with creativity driving their own stories and adventures.
“With Toy Story 3: The Video Game, audiences will have multiple ways to experience and enjoy the Toy Story world,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “Story Mode follows the film’s story and adventures, while Toy Box Mode gets to the playful heart of the Toy Story franchise. By combining the power of imagination with the Toy Story universe, the game appeals to the joy of play in all of us.”
Embracing the adored and inspired fun of the Toy Story franchise, Toy Story 3: The Video Game features a story mode that follows the Toy Story 3 film adventures in which Buzz, Woody and friends grapple with their uncertain future as Andy prepares to depart for college. In addition to the Toy Box mode, the console versions put the toys in non-film related environments and situations such as light videogame combat with Buzz Lightyear. The handheld versions bring the Toy Story fun with fans wherever they go.
Toy Story 3: The Video Game will be available on all major video game platforms on June 15, 2010 on Wii™, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC, Nintendo DS™ and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.
Also coming soon from Disney Interactive Studios is a new Toy Story 3 app for the iPhone® and iPod touch® that will let fans play, personalize and stay connected to Toy Story. With features such as trailers, a countdown clock, movie information, ticketing, and light games and activities, Toy Story 3 connects consumers to their favorite Toy Story characters, stories and happenings. In addition, the app will feature links to purchase premium content and games such as a new update of the successful Toy Story Mania! app, priced at $4.99, in the “Toy Store.” A Toy Story 3 mobile game will also be available cross-platform on all major wireless carriers.
Details for pre-ordering Toy Story 3: The Video Game can be found here.
Title: The Muppets Animal Drummer (link)
Publisher: Walt Disney
Released: December 15, 2009
Pros: The Muppets; good graphics; great music and sounds; fun, addictive and simple gamplay
Review: From Disney Interactive Studios, Enorbus and the Muppets Studio comes The Muppets Animal Drummer, a rhythm based game that has its roots in the electronic board game Simon in which you must repeat Animal’s drumming sequence in (near) perfect rhythm, so it differs from the Dance Dance Revolution genre in that you must remember the sequence rather than reacting to it in real time.