If you're a film, animation or Disney junkie, you're going to love the latest app Disney has released for iOS. Disney Animated explores the history and animation of all 53 animated Disney films. The app is a love letter to the company that was so important in the history of animation.
Users can explore every single Disney animated film from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to their latest upcoming film, called Frozen. For each film, users will find interactive pictures, animated clips with flipbook-style controls, animated timelines and the ability to animate 3D models of Disney characters.
The app also contains an unabridged version of the "Principles of Animation" chapter from The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston along with dozens of other goodies. From the release notes:
• Reveal work-in-progress animation steps and visual effects layers beneath hand-drawn and computer animated scenes.
• Zoom in on concept art, painted backgrounds, and storyboards to see intricate details.
• Rotate treasured artifacts from the locked vaults of The Walt Disney Animation Research Library, as well as modern 3D computer models, as if they were in the palm of your hand.
• Animate Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph using a simple but powerful 3D animation package adapted from real Disney computer software. Export your animations and share by email or social media.
• Control the path of Elsa's magical snow from the upcoming film Frozen using an authentic replica of the visual effects animation system used in the movie. Export your creations and share by email or social media.
• Learn about computer animation character models through a shape-shifting interactive, featuring the many moods of Tangled's Maximus.
• Swipe through a complete timeline of every Walt Disney Animation Studios feature film, with clips from hundreds of characters, dozens of recently uncovered trailers, and promotional featurettes from historic films.
• Guess the movie from its unique color palette in the Color Map. Trace your finger over a single full-screen image that shows every scene from every Walt Disney Animation Studios animated feature film in thumbnail form. Never before has this complete catalog been browsable in this way.
Disney Animated is an iPad app and costs US$13.99. The app is also 1.78 GB, so make sure you have room on your iPad first.