By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 05/25/2012
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.
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.