A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn how to draw beloved characters from many Disney and Pixar films. It starts off with basic tutorials and tips and then layers in more advanced tools and techniques, including shading, facial expressions, and more. Kids will become confident in their drawings and can share them digitally or print them out (via an SD card). Players can apply what they learn here to drawing outside the game. Disney Art Academy could unlock the artist lying within kids, using some of their favorite characters to help them express their artistic abilities.
Teaches kids how to draw using Nintendo 3DS stylus pen.
Positive Role Models
No protagonist in this game. There's a loose story, but player is the main character, who is asked to help draw Disney, Pixar characters.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn.
Products & Purchases
All about drawing Disney, Pixar characters, such as Mickey Mouse, Lion King, Nemo, Elsa from Frozen, others. Disney has thousands of products tied to these characters, including movies, TV shows, video games, apparel, other merchandise. Also lets you share demo mode with other players to give them free taste of game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disney Art Academy -- a joint effort between Disney and Nintendo -- encourages kids to draw their favorite Disney and Pixar characters or draw whatever they like in Free Paint mode. There aren't protagonists in the game, but players are tasked with drawing characters in a loose story mode. There isn't any inappropriate content parents needs to worry about, but players will be exposed to multiple characters that have vast merchandising. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Disney Art Academy.
Is It Any Good?
This is less of a game and more of a drawing tool to help young artists develop their skills. Ideal for kids who love animated Disney and Pixar films and TV shows, this clever Nintendo 3DS is easy to pick up but hard to put down, and it's a great learning tool. It offers more depth than you might think. Sure, you can start out as a beginner artist (focusing on shapes and coloring), but you progress through more advanced art lessons, including tips on shading, using different brushes and other tools, drawing character expressions to evoke joy, surprise, and more. Little ones will likely spend time with Magic Brush, which gives your art some flair with stars, clouds, glitter, and more. Villain design is fun, so don't expect only heroes in this game.
It's too bad most of the cut scenes are static images, like in a comic book, as younger players would love being rewarded with a short animated clip of the character they just completed (or, if it's possible, even seeing your creation animate). Because you get many characters to draw, a variety of tools to work with, and a couple of ways to play (including the tougher Free Paint mode), Disney Art Academy is great for budding artists and Disney fans alike.
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