Disney Karaoke: Frozen
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disney Karaoke: Frozen features nine songs from the hit movie and soundtrack. Kids can sing along to "Frozen Heart," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?," "For the First Time in Forever," "Love Is an Open Door," "Let it Go" (Idina Menzel's version), "Reindeer Are Better than People," "In Summer," "For the First Time in Forever" (reprise), and "Fixer Upper." Parents should be sure to be connected to Wi-Fi the first time the app is opened so the songs can download. Once all songs are downloaded, the app will occupy more than 300 MB of the device's storage, with a bit more added for each karaoke recording saved.
What's it about?
Kids choose a song from a grid of titles with images from the related scene. They can then only watch (and sing along to) the song and the movie clip with the song by tapping play, or they can hit the red circle and record themselves singing the song. A snowflake bounces with the lyrics as they are sung. Selecting the singer icon also will select the song voices; deselecting it plays the background music but not the lyrics. Kids then can save their recordings and replay them, with the movie scenes playing and their voices singing along.
Is it any good?
The Frozen songs have certainly become a cultural phenomenon for kids of all ages, and DISNEY KARAOKE: FROZEN has an easy-to-use interface for what the kids are doing already -- singing! The recording quality is excellent, but the prompting for the lyrics is a bit sudden in some parts, making it easy to miss a cue. Saving and playback is easy, though sharing is tricky, requiring exporting to iTunes. Although nonreaders won't be able to read the lyrics as they appear on screen, they'll probably know the words anyway, and the interface is simple and intuitive enough that they'll be able to navigate it easily.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about their favorite songs or lines from the songs. Why are they favorites?
The songs are catchy enough that families may enjoy a family karaoke night of Frozen songs.