FIRST-EVER INTERACTIVE APPISODE FOR DISNEY JUNIOR'S HIT ANIMATED SERIES 'THE LION GUARD' NOW AVAILABLE IN THE DISNEY JUNIOR APPISODES APP FOR iPAD AND iPHONE
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Beginning today, the first-ever appisode based on Disney Junior's hit animated series "The Lion Guard" is available on the popular Disney Junior Appisodes app for in-app purchase. In the interactive version of the episode, "Bunga the Wise," a good-intentioned Bunga gives bad advice to some animals and inadvertently triggers chaos across the Pride Lands. Players help Kion and the Lion Guard save the animals and learn that the easiest solution is not always the best.
Key features enabling kids to fully engage in the episode while helping the Lion Guard restore order to the Pride Lands include:
· Fly with Ono to explore the Pride Lands
· Drum along with Timon and Pumbaa
· Keep antelope away from dangerous flowers
· Herd zebra away from the flood
· Roar with Kion to save the Pride Lands
"The Lion Guard" continues the epic storytelling of "The Lion King" and follows the adventures of Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, and his diverse group of friends as they unite to protect the Pride Lands. The series airs daily on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.
Developed by Disney|ABC Television Group's Digital Media team, each Disney Junior Appisode offers true interactive viewing, allowing fans 2-7 to touch, tap, swipe, tilt, shake and talk their way through various fun-filled activities embedded into full episodes of some of their favorite Disney Junior shows including, "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," "Sofia the First" and "Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates."
The Disney Junior Appisodes app launched in 2012 with the "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally Appisode," introducing an innovative new way for kids to enjoy their favorite shows. Well received by both fans and the industry, the app topped iTunes charts for weeks - making it No. 1 on the Overall Free list - and won the 2012 Mobile Excellence Award for Best Content Extension Made for Mobile, as well as the iKids award for Best Web/App Series. Most recently, the Disney Junior Appisodes app for iOS was the highest-grossing Kids iPad app in 2014 and finished within the Top 5 in 2015.
Additionally, select Appisodes are also available in Google Play and the Amazon App Store and recently launched as part of Amazon's Kindle Freetime Unlimited service.
Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior's series blend Disney's unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. In the U.S., Disney Junior is a daily programming block on Disney Channel and a 24-hour channel reaching over 74 million U.S. homes. In total, there are 34 Disney Junior channels in 27 languages around the world.