To coincide with the 3D theatrical re-release of the 2003 Disney•Pixar hit Finding Nemo and inanticipation of its Blu-Ray DVD debut, Disney Publishing Worldwide has released two exciting NEW apps — Finding Nemo: Storybook Deluxe and Finding Nemo Interactive Comic.
I turned my six-year-old son, Adam, loose with the iPad and said, “See what you can do!” He had a blast with Finding Nemo: Storybook Deluxe, because all the activities appealed to him. The story is told in panels, and the animation looks almost like clips from the film. Kids can choose to read each page silently, have the narrator (Albert Brooks, voice of Marlin) read to them, or—and my son really liked this option—record their own voice and play it back. Adam is an early reader, so he played around with it a bit, but then decided he wanted Mom’s voice on there. I think that feature’s great. If parents are away for whatever reason, kids can still hear Mom or Dad read them a bedtime story, or they can practice their own read-aloud skills.
Also on the Finding Nemo: Storybook Deluxe are four interactive games. Kids can play through three incremental levels of a matching game, work through three levels of puzzles, paint scenes from the story and save them to your photo album, or—another favorite option for my son—talk whale with Dory! An animated Dory appears on the screen to chit-chat. She prompts your child to say something, and then she repeats it in whale. She has only a few sayings that cycle through, and, of course, she cannot really converse with your kids. However, Adam and I found ourselves laughing out loud a lot!
The Finding Nemo Interactive Comic is another fun option, but I would recommend it more for your stronger readers. It has far fewer activities than the Storybook app, and there are no read-to-me options. If your child cannot read by himself, he may not enjoy it as much.
The Finding Nemo Interactive Comic is presented in frame-by-frame comic book appearance. Kids must tap or swipe the screen to advance each frame. What makes it unique as a comic, though, is that some of the characters are animated in parts, and on certain pages, a diving mask appears that, if tapped, opens a gallery of artist renderings for that character or scene. The only other activity on the Comic app is a learn-to-draw tutorial. Kids can choose one of four characters and sketch them out and color them using guides on the screen. These can also be saved to your photo album (see my Nemo below).
Both apps are designed for iPhone and iPad. They are appropriate for ages 4+ and are available at the iTunes store. Finding Nemo: Storybook Deluxe $6.99 USD; Finding Nemo Interactive Comic $1.99 USD. For app details, view the full press release here.
Jodi Whisenhunt’s MAGICAL MOUSE SCHOOLHOUSE: Learn While You Play at Walt Disney World Resort is now available in print and can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and CreateSpace. (Kindle version also available!) Come, think outside the textbook and stretch the walls of your home classroom with Walt Disney entertainment!
- Two New FINDING NEMO Apps (chipandco.com)
- “Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue”Special Edition (chipandco.com)