6 Animated Disney Ebooks in Chinese Available for the 1st Time
The Rise of Animated Disney Stories in Simplified Chinese
For the first time, animated stories adapted from Disney movies in Simplified Chinese will be available to Children outside of China! The Interactive ebook App Ellabook is launching 6 animated Disney books on January 18, 2021! We have learned that, following the launch of the first 6--their most-read, and most popular Disney books in China, Ellabook will be releasing more than 60 Disney books over the next several months!
Ellabook's Disney animated books are based on original Disney movies. Disney has much input into Ellabook's animated book reproductions of their movies. Developing one Disney animated book on Ellabook takes significant time and multiple versions of revisions with a Disney Chinese team. We were told that Ellabook is the only ebook App that is authorized to adopt Disney movies into animated e-books in simplified Chinese.
In the future, Ellabook's newest Disney animated E-books will be released at the same time as their counterpart Disney movies are released. This is indeed very cool!
Chinese-learning Children's Disney Dilemma
My JoJo co-founder Caelyn and I have long had a dream: what if watching Disney movies in Chinese was as easy as turning on our TV and tablet, and as convenient as watching an English movie in an American household?
Our kids need fun, highly entertaining materials in Chinese! We wrote to Disney several times. We met with executives of China's largest streaming service 爱奇艺 (iqiyi.com, the Chinese equivalent of YouTube+Netflix). After extensive investigation, we realized that watching the Chinese language version of Disney movies in the United States is indeed still a dream. Right now, there is no way for a parent to purchase Chinese-language Disney movie in the United States.
Some people go through the trouble to "climb over the wall" to access China's network through a VPN in order to watch Chinese movies on a Chinese streaming platform such as iqiyi.com. However, dealing with the unstable and confusing VPNs can be a huge headache-inducing and time-wasting experience.
That said, we are delighted to finally announce that for the first time, Disney movie adapted books are available in the format of interactive ebooks with the Ellabook App. For the past year, we have been tirelessly cheering and supporting the Ellabook team's effort to make their Disney books available for young readers outside of China. After all, animated Disney stories are the next best thing to animated Disney movie in our opinion.
We also love that animated Disney books provide perfect scaffolded reading experience for non-native Chinese learners. Since most American kids are already quite familiar with the Disney storylines, the books are considered "comprehensible input" and are ideal for helping learners improve listening and reading comprehension by gradually expanding their vocabulary.
Here is a sneak peek of the first 6 animated books. Click the video to get a feel for how the animated books look!
1. Frozen 2 冰雪奇缘 2 (bīng xuě qí yuán)
Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumnal forest in an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom.
2. Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet 无敌破坏王2：大闹互联网 (wú dí pò huài wáng 2 ：dà nào hù lián wǎng)
Six years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph," Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them to a new adventure.
3. Cars 赛车总动员 (sài chē zǒng dòng yuán)
A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.
4. The Incredibles 超人总动员 (chāo rén zǒng dòng yuán)
While trying to live a quiet suburban life, a family of undercover superheroes are forced into action to save the world.
5. Toy Story 4 玩具总动员 4 (wán jù zǒng dòng yuán)
When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
6. Planes: Wings Around the Globe 飞机总动员：环球飞行 (fēi jī zǒng dòng yuán ： huán qiú fēi xíng)
A cropdusting plane with a fear of heights lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race.
We hope these wonderful Disney books make your little ones smile and giggle, and fall in love with reading in Chinese!