“My Beastly ABC’s” Interactive Storybook App to Be Released by Pasadena Animation Studio Led by World-Renowned Animator Ken Duncan

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Duncan Studio, a feature film-quality animation company based in Pasadena, CA, is applying its talents to an interactive storybook app designed by some of the industry’s top artists and featuring performance narration by Jim Dale, of Harry Potter audio book fame.

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We wanted to find a story and medium that would not only teach children to read, but would also help them deal with everyday fears in inventive ways.

Entitled My Beastly ABC’s, Duncan Studio’s new iPad app offers entertainment and learning on several levels including the introduction of multi-cultural mythical creatures, rich artwork, and a compelling story.

Duncan Studio (http://duncanstudio.com/) has operated out of its Pasadena, CA, location since 2007, partnering with some of the industry’s most influential leaders to develop and produce 2D (hand-drawn), CG (computer-generated), and 3D stereoscopic animation. Most recently, its studio owner, world-renowned animator Ken Duncan, has directed some of his studio’s resources toward the creation of a new, interactive storybook app.

“The iPhone/iPad app market is growing by leaps and bounds every day. I realized what a perfect time it was to rally our artists’ many talents and create something truly special that would delight both adults and children,” said studio owner Ken Duncan.

My Beastly ABC’s will be comprised of 37 separate colorful scenes, each featuring a monster or creature from a different culture. Reminiscent of classic rhyming storybooks, the story will be further enhanced by the added elements of interactivity, movement, and sounds not possible with the ordinary book experience. The artwork will be released at the latest high resolution standard of 2048” X 1536.”

“We wanted to find a story and medium that would not only teach children to read, but would also help them deal with everyday fears in inventive ways. We wanted to create something that felt magical,” explained Duncan.

The story deals with a young boy whose dreaded daily routine spins toward the unexpected when, one morning, he rises from the "wrong" side of his bed. Over the course of the day, he finds himself confronted by fascinating mythical creatures from every corner of the world. As his adventure progresses, he begins to feel more at ease and befriends the creatures he encounters. By day’s end, the boy returns to bed with a refreshing new attitude – and he now looks forward to experiencing whatever new adventures the next day may bring.

My Beastly ABC’s is scheduled to be released late summer 2012, and the studio recently launched a Kickstarter.com campaign to ensure proper completion of the project. For more information about the project or on how to support the campaign, go to:

About Duncan Studio:
Duncan Studio is a continuation of Ken Duncan’s firm commitment to creating quality animation and memorable character performances. Considered one of the pre-eminent animation talents in the industry, Ken worked as an animator on such classic films as "The Rescuers Down Under" (1990), "Beauty and the Beast" (1990), "Aladdin" (1992), and "The Lion King" (1994). He created his most memorable characters as Supervising Animator of Meg in "Hercules" (1997) and Jane in "Tarzan" (1999). He also served as a Supervising Animator on "Pocahontas" (1995) and "Treasure Planet" (2002). After Disney, Ken spent two years at DreamWorks Animation as the Supervising Animator of Angie in the computer-animated comedy, "Shark Tale" (2004).
Duncan Studio has partnered with some of the industry’s most influential leaders to create animation for large scale features such as Tim Burton’s “9", development on projects such as Alpine Pictures’ “Dorothy of Oz,” and Tom Hanks’ “Electric City.”
Current work includes animation for Universal/Illumination Entertainment’s “Despicable Me” ride for Universal Studios, opening summer of 2012. Recently, Duncan Studio's 2D animation was honored with the Animation industry’s prestigious Annie Award to DreamWorks for “Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters” featurette.

For further information about Duncan Studio visit http://duncanstudio.com.

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