In Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage (now available)The Kingdom Keepers and their friends have uncovered a startling truth: Maleficent and the Overtakers (Disney villains) are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney. Aboard the Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural passage through the new Panama Canal, the Keepers and their holograms uncover a puzzle hidden within the pages of a stolen journal. The point of that puzzle will reveal itself in the caves of Aruba, the zip lines of Costa Rica, and the jungles of Mexico. A destructive force, dormant for decades, is about to be unleashed — and the Kingdom Keepers are to be its first victims.
Now, for the first time, readers get the chance to help write the seventh and final book in the series via the Kingdom Keepers Insider app, launching April 2nd. Available on all mobile devices, e-readers and online, the app will provide a groundbreaking interactive fan experience for readers of the Kingdom Keepers series, allowing them to follow along as Ridley Pearson writes, voting on plot points, character involvement, and locations—even contributing ideas for dialogue! Plus, there will be writing contests based on the previous book in the series and judged by Ridley Pearson, promoting writing and literacy in a safe environment with characters readers already know and love! Learn more at www.kingdomkeepersinsider.com.
- April 2: 7:00 PM event at Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL
- April 3: 7:00 PM event at Barnes & Noble, Paramus, NJ
- April 4: 7:00 PM event at Book Revue Huntington, NY
- April 6: 2:00 PM event at St. Louis County Library, St. Louis, MO
- April 7: 2:00 PM event at Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
- April 9: 7:00 PM event at Books-A-Million, Brandon, FL
- April 10: 4:00-6:00 PM signing at Once Upon a Toy in Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
- April 11: 9:30-11:30 AM signing at Writer’s Stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, FL
- April 19: 6:30 PM event at Poisoned Pen, Phoenix, AZ
- April 20: 2:00 PM ‘Sagas and Series’ panel at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, CA
On the day its new Disney Junior series, ‘Sofia the First,’ launches, Disney has also released Sofia the First: Story Theater for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices.
The app contains two modes: the first is an interactive storybook, a retelling of the Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess movie which is narrated by Sofia (Ariel Winter) and features audio clips from the movie as well as dozens of individual animations.
The other mode is the theater mode in which the user chooses multiple ‘cutout’ elements such as main characters, backdrops, props and even background music. Once each of the elements is chosen, the user is able to press the record button and record an audio track (dialogue) while moving the elements around the backdrop. After halting recording, the ‘production’ can be played back and even saved for later enjoyment.
The innovative theater mode appears to work well, although there was a bit of a learning curve. For example, though the backdrop consists of just a small portion of the stage, the theater mode records only elements that are in front of it. This actually means that you are able to keep props and characters out of view until desired. Also, characters are abnormally large against the backdrop by default (and props are small), but they can be resized with the usual pinch to zoom, as well as rotated. The resize and rotate functions even work while recording, allowing for some interesting use of perspective and overall weirdness. The app’s description even boasts multi-touch to allow friends to work together to move multiple characters at once.
For more information or to purchase ‘Sofia the First: Story Theater,’ click here.
As for the original televised film itself, it will be available to own on Disney DVD with special Royal Sing-Along mode on March 5, 2013 and is now available for pre-order. The DVD is set to include bonuses such as a ‘Princess in Training Activity Kit’ featuring stickers and tiaras.
They are the ultimate stocking stuffer but sadly they won’t be available to own until January 2013. Nevertheless, Entertainment Earth is now accepting pre-orders for the new lines of Funko POP! 3D Bookmarks featuring Disney and Marvel favorites. Building on the incredible success of the POP! vinyl figure lines, Funko is now expanding its selections to include several of the Disney favorites along with some of Marvel’s greatest heroes, combining the forces of the greatest worlds in entertainment with the wonderful world of reading.
Each of the POP! 3D Bookmarks retail for $5.99