With the release of Finding Nemo 3D in theaters two new apps have been released in the iTunes App Store. These are Finding Nemo: Storybook Deluxe and Finding Nemo Interactive Comic. We received each of these apps to check out and review. Here’s the official description of the apps.
“Kids can join Marlin and his forgetful friend, Dory, as they encounter hungry sharks, groovy turtles and other sea creatures in their quest across the ocean in search of Marlin’s lost son, Nemo. Through engaging narration, authentic underwater sound effects, and original graphics from the Academy Award winning movie, families can explore the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbor, and the world of reading together.”
Here’s what I thought of them.
Finding Nemo: Storybook Deluxe ($6.99 – for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch)
This app is an adaptation of the Finding Nemo story condensed into a neat little storybook form. But the book is also interactive and it can automatically read to your child, or you can read it to your child or you can record your voice to have it read to your child. There are also some additional features like:
- Whale Chat with Dory – Talk to Dory and hear your words translated into WHALE!
- See the ocean come alive by tilting your device and tapping to create underwater bubbles.
- Various activities like finger painting pages, flipping shells in a memory matching game, and interactive puzzles.
What I really liked however was the Finding Nemo Interactive Comic ($1.99 – for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch)
Advanced interactive graphic novel for kids ages 7 to 12.
Includes concept drawings by Disney Pixar artists who worked on the original film.
A retelling of the feature film with panel by panel animation, enticing music and sound effects, as well as clips, sketches, and step-by-step drawing lessons.
I love comics and the way this story was presented in comic format was really very well done. I loved the artwork and style of it. I loved the interactive elements of the panels and how it made the story play out in a dynamic way. I also liked the extras included like learning to draw characters from Finding Nemo. I think I need to get a stylus to draw better though.
Disclosure: I was given both apps to use and review. Opinions about each of them are 100% my own.
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