May 9, 2011 in Books (E)
[prMac.com] Berlin, Germany - Going to bed is often difficult for small children. An evening ritual is important and helpful. Heidi Wittlinger & Shape Minds from Berlin have developed a bedtime app for the Apple iPhone, Nighty Night! 1.1, exactly for this purpose. The book is read by the well-known actor Alistair Findlay. The elaborate design - an animated mix of photos and drawn elements - comes from Heidi Wittlinger, who was nominated for an Oscar for her short film in 2002. After the iPad version topped US book charts in the App Store also the iPhone version also went straight to Number 1 in the iPhone book charts.
All around the house the lights go out and even the animals in the barn are tired. But who puts them to bed? Who turns out the lights in their stalls? That is the task for small children aged 2-4 years, to help get them in the mood for bedtime. In this bedtime book for the iPhone, Nighty Night!, children get to know animals interactively. Dog, Pig, Sheep, Duck, Cow, Fish and Chickens moo and bubble, hop and lay eggs, until someone turns the lights out and the animals go to sleep.
"We were very mindful of making a calm, meaningful book," says Heidi Wittlinger, author and designer of the book. "Ultimately, the goal was for the child not to be wound up after viewing the book, but instead to understand that at the end absolutely everyone is sleeping, and now it's time for them go to bed as well. Some of us have our own small children who now love this bedtime ritual."
For the book, elaborate, small sets of wood, cardboard and other materials were specially built, which were then digitally edited. With this, a warmer, more haptic look was created, which is something special and sets it apart from the usual monotony. Even the sophisticated animation invites you to look at the book again and again.
Press quotes (about the iPad version):
"You feel as if you are playing inside of a beautifully animated movie." USA TODAY - 4 stars out of 4
"There's bags of innovation happening right now around apps for children, especially those that blend storytelling, animation and interactivity. Nighty Night! HD is one of the latest and greatest examples." THE GUARDIAN UK
"Overall this is my new top recommendation for bedtime books with interactivity." Digital Storytime - 5 stars out of 5
"Nighty Night is a truly gorgeous ebook to add to your literary stash - and lull the kids into the Land of Nod." Kids Book Review
"Nighty Night! HD is a must-have bedtime companion for your digital wunderkids!" The ikids blog
"What I liked: Everything. Nighty Night HD is simple, subtle, and clever. It is an app that very young children will enjoy and demand to use again and again." PadGadget - 5 stars out of 5
Alistair Findlay, an actor with character, was an asset as the narrator; he has been featured in films such as Highlander. With this book, the young company Shape Minds and Moving Images, with registered offices in Berlin, has released its first app. The award-winning specialists from the fields of animation, illustration, film, and technical execution are excited by the possibilities that have been opened up by the iPad, and want to develop additional ideas for the device. The next project: An interactive book called Pete and the Secret of Flying.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
* 54.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Nighty Night! 1.1 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.
Shape Minds and Moving Images is a Berlin based creative production studio. We love the variety of contemporary mixed media production. We produce iPad and iPhone apps from scratch, from concept and design to coding and release. Based on our knowlegde of character design and storytelling we focus on kids apps. SHAPE blends live action and animation into one with a love for design and look. We offer full service from concept to delivery - and everything in between. We love broadcast design, commercials, online, music videos, post production and feature content. Copyright (C) 2011 Shape Minds and Moving Images. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.