Brave Interactive Comic

Common Sense Media says

Comic-style fun geared toward older kids who love the movie.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Generally easy to play, just accurately tap the current comic box and a new one appears. Tap on the little pots of gold that periodically show up onscreen and view the development of the images used in the movie. The how-to-draw segment is more suited to older kids, and kids must be able to read or have this storybook read to them. Biggest complaint: There's no easy way to return to the home page while in the middle of the story.

Violence

Bears (both a mean, real bear and the bear who is really Merida's mom) are hunted with arrows, and the mom-bear is tied up with ropes at one point in the comic, which might be scary for younger kids. The mean bear is killed by a falling tree. This bear, with a milky-blue dead eye, and arrows and scars in its back, is perhaps more scary than most animated animals in kids' movies.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

This app is in part a marketing tool for the Brave movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Brave Interactive Comic is the comic book-style retelling of the movie Brave. There are 48 interactive comic pages on this app and no voice-overs, so kids either need to be able to read or have the comic book read to them to fully enjoy it. The coolest feature on this app is the option to view images of the characters as animators sketched and transformed them through the process of bringing the idea for the movie to life. There's also a how-to-draw feature that guides kids step-by-step to draw the characters on the screen themselves.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

A fun experience, especially for older kids and kids who love the graphic novel format and can fully appreciate the how-to-draw segment. Younger kids may have a hard time engaging fully; it's not an easy app.

Learning Approach

The target age group of Brave the movie may not connect with the artistry presented here; its not well-adapted to younger kids. Older kids can try their hand at drawing some characters from the movie.

Support

There's a how-to-draw feature that guides kids step-by-step to draw the characters on the screen themselves. Little pots of gold prompt kids to tap and see how animation artists created the characters for this movie. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Kids can learn a little bit about the artistry behind creating the drawings that lead to the digital animation that make movies like Brave. Older kids can also try their hand at drawing some characters from the movie with a very detailed, line-by-line tutorial. And, of course, kids need to read this no-narration comic book, so there is reading practice involved. Brave Interactive Comic is an enjoyable experience in which kids can learn a tiny bit about art as well as practice reading.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

The Brave movie storyline is transformed into a comic-style graphic novel on this app. Some special effects appear throughout the story, and little pots of gold prompt kids to tap and see how animation artists created the characters for this movie. The how-to-draw guide then leads kids step-by-step to draw characters themselves.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Brave Interactive Comic's how-to-draw segment is more suited to older kids, and kids must be able to read or have this storybook read to them. As a result, this app may be best suited to older kids who enjoyed the movie. Biggest complaint: There's no easy way to return to the home page while in the middle of the story, and if you don't tap just right on the pictures, the scenes don't move along as expected. Still, it's a fun app, especially for older kids and kids who love the graphic novel format.

Families can talk about...

  • Encourage kids to create their own graphic novel of one of their favorite movies.

  • If your younger kid tries the line-by-line tutorial and finds it too difficult, consider offering them another learn to draw app that is more age-appropriate, such as Color & Draw for kids or iLuv Drawing Animals.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:June 16, 2012
Category:Books
Topics:Princesses and fairies
Size:547.00 MB
Publisher:Disney
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later

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