New iPad App Goes Behind the Scenes of Disney’s Animated Features

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Disney Interactive is targeting animation students and enthusiasts with Disney Animated, a new app for the iPad that takes users behind the scenes of the studio's 53 animated features from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to its upcoming Frozen.

Available on Thursday, the $13.99 app was created by Walt Disney Animation Studios in collaboration with iPad app developer Touch Press and gives users the chance to learn about animation, examine rare archival material and also take an early look at footage, concept art, animation tests and visual effects from Frozen.

The developers cleverly used tons of rare material from the Disney archives, including an image of a Maquette from 1940’s Pinocchio and the storyboard from 1961’s 101 Dalmations. Videos includes a 1956 interview with Walt Disney, as well as a recent interview with John Lasseter.

Features include a sort of color map that displays a thumbnail frame from every scene from each of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ released feature films in a single image, as well as a timeline of all 53 animated feature films, including clips and historic trailers.

The app also offers “chapters” that examine the animation process and includes early concept and story development through layout and background, animation, visual effects, sound and music and final assembly. One interactive feature allows users to create a "path" of snow, as will be seen in Frozen and using an algorithm that Disney said is based on software developed to make the movie.

“Walt Disney Animation Studios’ top animators, artists and technicians brought their expertise to this app to help create an incredibly authentic experience which represents our studio’s rich legacy,” said Dave Bossert, co-author of Disney Animated and producer, creative director, and head of Walt Disney Animation Studios Special Projects.

He told The Hollywood Reporter that there might be an update later this year to include additional Frozen material, as well as elements from Big Hero 6, the animation studio’s 2014 release.


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