Pixar animator sets the bar for storytelling books on iPad

first_imgIn days of yore, kids used to beg their parents to let them go out and play. Jump ahead to the introduction of Nintendo and video game consoles and all of a sudden the parents were doing the begging as they tried to get their kids away from the controller and out in the backyard. As we’ve seen in the past, technology can change a lot about how generations grow up. As tablets and iPads become more and more popular, they may change the way that kids do every day things, like read a book for example.As we saw recently with Griffin’s Crayola ColorStudio HD iPad app, normal things like coloring books are being turned into iPad apps for your kids to enjoy. Even children’s books are being made available for the iPad, which is a hot subject of debate for many people.On the one hand, some think kids should be reading normal paper books and having the experience that everyone else did growing up and falling in love with books. On the other hand, eBooks and interactive book apps can be more educational as they immerse the reader in a way that normal books can’t. While the jury is still out on this subject, animators and authors are creating new, never-before-seen eBook apps that may sway you to the pro-eBook side of things.William Joyce, a well-known illustrator and animator due to his work for Pixar, Dreamworks, Disney, and the New Yorker, has created an app that blurs the line between a children’s story eBook and an animated movie. Joyce, along with his team at Moonbot Studios, created “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” an interactive book-app based on the animated short film of the same name.The book can be as interactive or straightforward as you like thanks to the buttons on the side of the app which allow you to turn off sound effects, voiceover, or music. In some ways, parents won’t even have to read their kids bedtime stories anymore because, guess what, there’s an app for that. This has the potential to drastically change the way kids grow up. However, parents still have the ability to turn off the voiceover and read the story to their kids instead.The 27-page book-app is unique, not only because of its aesthetically-pleasing art, but also because each page has some sort of interactive feature on it. You can spin the character’s house around when it gets picked up in a tornado, play piano, or you can help Morris repair books. The Moonbot team called it the “reinvention of digital storytelling.”As you can see in the video below, the app is beautifully animated and is something both parents and children alike will want to play with. After all, a large percentage of box office money from Pixar movies comes from non-parents, so who’s to say people without kids won’t pay the $4.99 to check out the app?Speaking of which, $4.99 for such an elaborate book-app is not a ton of money, which brings up one of the largest issues of digital material vs. physical material: it’s almost always cheaper in digital form. Will parents stop buying physical books for their kids when they can just buy an interactive book for a lot less?Ultimately, paper books will not become obsolete just yet, but kids may be growing up with this new form of media thinking that it is the norm and paper books are old-fashioned. Just like some kids would rather stay inside and play video games, they’ll want to read these book-apps instead of a good ol’ paperback like “Goosebumps” or “Babysitter’s Club,” or even a “Hardy Boys,” or “Nancy Drew.”via FastCoDesignlast_img

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