Disney returns to a classic with an app version of The Jungle Book

Disney's 1967 film The Jungle Book holds a special place in my heart. It was the very first movie I saw in a theatre, and I'm told that at one point, I stood up and yelled 'Go get him, Baloo!' So I was excited to see the new Disney app based on the classic film, which is in turn based on Rudyard Kipling's stories from 1894. I was not disappointed.

More than just a book turned into an app, The Jungle Book app is interactive, including a narrator (British, naturally), music, and mini games like jigsaw puzzles and a coloring book. The coloring book feature could be an app on its own.

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You can 'personalize' the app by adding a photo and name to the virtual cover. I'd like to see more personalization within the app, but it's a start, and should appeal to kids.

The Jungle Book app leverages the original film's artwork and uses a lot of panning and zooming to simulate the look and feel of the original animation.

I love when old meets new, and when Disney originally adapted the original story as a film, that was one such example and now they've done it again, in time for my kids to experience the story in a modern way.
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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.