A frankly stunning look at the creation of animated film over the past century from the daddy of them all, Disney.
This leisurely, thorough survey of animated cartoons from Disney Studios is a well-tempered creation, advancing step by step through the process of telling a story through pictures. There is plenty of nuts-and-bolts information, from ink and paint and storybooks to the latest in computer-animated production systems. The app shows how an artist works to get at the heart of a story—the role of fairy tales, myths, legends and folk stories are brought forward—underscoring the importance of details. It also explains techniques such as the use of a multiplane camera, which keeps the moon the same size as, in the film, you walk toward it at night. More revealing, however, is the exploration of how artists evoke mood and the feel of color, how they connect and communicate with the viewer. The interaction with the app is vast and varied, with numerous clips from the oldest to the latest productions, including excellent samples from two Academy Award–winning shorts, The Old Mill, from 1937, and Paperman, from 2012.
A fruitful and highly pleasurable way to spend an afternoon. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad informational app. 6 & up)