Disney's Toy Story 3 comes to the iPad in this storybook app packed with extras. The title is lightly animated and interactive, including scenes in 3D (special glasses required). For lovers of the Toy Story franchise, this is a delightful book app well worth a download. It contains hours of entertainment for children with puzzles, games and coloring pages in addition to the 30+ page story.
This book app also has lots of settings, including text that highlights as it is read, page guide and young reader mode, which prevents pages from accidently advancing by switching to arrow-only page turning. You can also record your own narration or put the book in 'read myself' mode. The sound effects & narration are great, including lots of dialogue by your child's favorite Toy Story characters.
There are also five pages spread throughout the story with 3D images that can be viewed with special glasses available from Disney Stores. I tried this with two different types of glasses we had at home and neither gave very impressive results. There is either a third type of 3D glasses I've never heard of or the 3D effect is simply a bit underwhelming. This is a very small part of the attraction of this app, however.
In addition to a nice summary of the movie's plot within the storybook, this app is packed with extras! Within the book, there are icons for painting pages (3 of them), puzzles (3 with 3 levels of difficulty), two mini-games and two songs from the movie. You can leave the story at each of these points to play the games or access them from a menu available at the bottom of each page. These extras are very engaging and kept my 5 year old busy for nearly an hour.
The two mini games consist of "Woody Flies" (guide Woody as he paraglides down a residential street, using the device's accelerometer) and "Falling with Style" (where Buzz is launched by a toy in the living room, bouncing as far as he can on toys left in his path - also available in 3D). The two songs included are "You've Got a Friend In Me" and "We Belong Together". This musical feature showcases each song alongside a small inset screen with an image from the movie to go along with the lyrics, which also highlight as they are sung.
As a digital title, the book is solidly made with lots of simple settings and ways to 'keep in touch' with Disney. The text is also in an easy-to-read font for young readers on their own. Overall this is a movie-themed title that is packed with extras and sure to please any Toy Story afficianado.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications
15 - 45 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 4 - 10 +
This little book manages to take the reader through the whole basic plot of Toy Story 3 (abridged significantly, of course, for a picture book version). Here is what Wikipedia says so nicely about the plot of the movie:
"Andy is now 17 years old and packing for college, and his toys who have not been played with in several years feel forgotten and abandoned. Andy decides to take Woody with him to college and puts the other toys in a trash bag for storage in the attic. The toys are accidentally thrown out, though, when Andy's mom finds the bag and puts it on the curb with the trash, causing the toys to think they are no longer wanted. They escape and decide to climb in a box to be donated to the Sunnyside Daycare. Woody, the only toy who saw what really happened, is forced to follow the others and tries to explain they were thrown out by mistake, but they refuse to listen.
Andy's toys are welcomed by the numerous toys at Sunnyside, and given a tour of the seemingly perfect play-setting by Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear (simply known as Lotso), Big Baby and Ken, whom Barbie falls for. All of the toys are quickly enamored of their new home, leaving steadfast Woody alone to attempt to return to Andy. However, Woody's escape attempt fails and he is found outside the daycare center by Bonnie, an imaginative little girl. She takes him home and plays with him along with her other toys, who are well treated, happy, and readily welcome Woody.
Woody is elated until he hears about Lotso from Chuckles the sad clown. Lotso, along with Big Baby and Chuckles, were once accidentally lost by their original owner, Daisy. The three found their way back to Daisy's home, but Lotso saw that he had been replaced with an identical toy bear. Though Chuckles realized the truth, Lotso, embittered, convinced Big Baby that they were all replaced, and took over Sunnyside, making it like a prison. Worried for his friends, Woody hurries back to the daycare and finds that they have been put on task to be played with by the rambunctious youngest toddlers. They are also kept under guard at night by Buzz whom Lotso has reverted to demonstration mode, restoring his original "Space Ranger" persona and allying with him.
Woody rejoins his friends and they work out an escape plan involving the garbage dumpster. In the process, Buzz is accidentally reset into a delusional Spanish-speaking mode during an attempt to restore him to normal, but he does go back to allying with Woody's friends. The toys reach the dumpster, but are caught by Lotso and his gang. As a garbage truck approaches, Woody reveals what he knows about Lotso, leading Big Baby to toss him in the dumpster. Seeking revenge, Lotso pulls Woody in with him just as the garbage truck collects the garbage.
Woody's friends board the truck to rescue him, during which Buzz is hit by a falling television while saving Jessie, finally returning to his normal self. The toys find themselves at the dump and are soon pulled onto a conveyor belt leading to a trash crusher. Lotso is saved by Woody and Buzz just as he's about to be crushed. Woody and others find themselves pulled onto another conveyor belt leading to an incinerator. They help Lotso reach an emergency-stop button, but he leaves them to their deaths. Thinking that this is the end, the toys grasp each other's hands. The toys are eventually rescued by the squeeze toy aliens using a giant claw. As a comeuppance, Lotso is found and strapped to the grill of a garbage truck, while the toys board the neighborhood truck back to Andy's house.
In Andy's room, Woody climbs back into the box with Andy's college supplies while the other toys ready themselves to the attic. Remembering his time with Bonnie and her toys, Woody has an idea, and leaves a note to Andy on the toys' box. Andy, taking it for a note from his mom, takes the box to Bonnie's home, introduces his old toys to Bonnie and gives her the toys to play with. In the end, Bonnie recognizes Woody, who is lying at the bottom of the box, to Andy's surprise. Andy is initially reluctant to give him to her but eventually does so and then spends some time playing with her before he departs. Woody and the other toys find themselves wanted and played with again, and learn through notes passed in Bonnie's backpack that Barbie, Ken and Big Baby have improved the lives of all the toys at Sunnyside." Source: Wikipedia