November 9, 2011 in Books (E)
[prMac.com] Sophia-Antipolis, France - A&R Entertainment today is pleased to introduce The Princess and the Frog 1.0 for iPad, their new, interactive Book of the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm. The story can be read aloud in any of five languages (English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish), or a parent may read to their child. The professional narration, original music, humorous animation, and glorious artwork provide a truly entertaining experience for both child and adult, a goal rarely achieved by eBooks for young children. The app features two mini-games that include elements from the story, and a touch-to-speak review of vocabulary words used in the book.
A fairy tale known by children in cultures the world over, The Frog Prince was published by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in 1812. It tells the story of the princess who accepts a favor from a frog, and in exchange, the frog is granted a kiss from the princess. When the frog requests his reward, the princess is reluctant. But she realizes the value of her promise and concedes. The frog turns into a handsome prince who has been held prisoner under a magic spell. They fall in love, marry, and live happily ever after.
Re-told again and again, the story has been the source of numerous variations, plays, films, musicals, etc. The story is filled with wonder, humor, surprise, moral lessons, and psychological truisms. The Princess and the Frog for iPad is a significant addition to the corpus of interpretations this tale has inspired. Right from the title page, it is clear that this eBook is the result of great care, creativity, and cooperation between visual, musical, and vocal artists.
The style of the illustrations is quite unusual and highly effective. Each character and important object is a cartoon cutout. For example, the beautiful young princess appears in different sizes and in full view, in medium view, and in closeup, and in each case she appears as a cutout, roughly the same shape as her outline. She is a separate, independently animated layer, in a collage of cutout characters and objects against a fixed background. Paper-thin, each cutout has a life and layer of its own. In highlighting her status as a pictorial entity, rather than a part of a single picture, the reader's imagination is given the freedom and impetus to give her life.
As a further stylistic refinement, all illustrations are painted on paper-thin, wood veneer, whose irregular grain shows through. This natural texture complements the reality of each character, object, scene, and action, as does the contrast of grains beside and overlapping each other. A final graphical feature is the interlocking of all cutouts with the background. For example, the large black castle cutout includes at the bottom of its perimeter the gold walkway up to the castle entrance. When the castle moves into place at the start of the scene, the walkway aligns perfectly with the long gold path painted on the background. Sky, clouds, and greenery on the perimeter of the castle cutout also fit into the picture exactly.
Each page of the book is a scene, and each scene begins with the background painting. After a few seconds the cutouts fall, slide, or pop into place. The animated introduction of all the objects and characters is different for each scene and always enjoyable. During the scene different cutouts may move from their initial positions, cycle, or simulate a change in point of view. Cutouts exit as they entered, suddenly, from top, bottom, left, and right.
The start of each scene or storybook page introduces the background and is accompanied, cinema-like, by an original musical theme. The music, written especially to punctuate the action and narration of every scene, lends a dramatic power to the story far more effectively than the stock music typically used, which usually feels so generic it hurts rather than helps.
* Hi-res iPad version of the classic fairy tale
* Playful cutout cartoon art brings the book to life
* Original music helps tell the story
* Professional narration in five different languages (English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish)
* Read aloud and automatic page turns can be turned On or Off
* Entertaining and memorable for both children and adults
The text of the book, which can be heard aloud in five different languages, is one among many other cutouts that descend onto the stage. The professional narration is highly effective, with each narrator voicing all the characters as well. As each word is heard aloud, the word on the page is highlighted in perfect synchronization.
A new addition to the A&R Entertainment "Learning is Fun" series, The Princess and the Frog includes two excellent mini-games, one testing hand-eye coordination (the Frog Game) and the other challenging observation and memory (the Goblet Game). Both games incorporate characters and objects from the eBook.
"Young children love to watch this story over and over," commented Alexandre Minard of A&R Entertainment. "Parents too!"
* U.K English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish
* Compatible with iPad
* iOS 3.2 or higher (iOS 5 tested)
* 90.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
The Princess and the Frog 1.0 is only $3.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category. Review copies are available upon request.
Based in Sophia-Antipolis, France, A&R Entertainment was founded by independent developer Alexandre Minard in 2009. The goal of the company is to provide high quality educational games for children. Copyright (C) 2009-2011 A&R Entertainment All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.