Disney adds The Princess and the Frog to video game roster

I haven’t really covered much video game stuff here on The Disney Blog, not that I haven’t wanted to, just that I don’t do much gaming myself. But now we have a Nintendo DS and a Wii in the house and games are becoming a larger part of our lives.

So it was with some great gladness I saw that the Wii version of Toy Story Midway Mania has hit the shelves at the local game store. I love the theme park version and definitely have to add that Wii version to my small game library.

Then came a little bit of serendipity where I was sent this photo of Disney*Pixar Animation Chief John Lasseter playing the Wii version of the game for “The Princess and The Frog.”

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John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney Animation Studios, playing The Princess & The Frog video game at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, UK.

If you do a little pixel manipulation you can even see this scene from the game which comes out in November.

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Anyone out there in Disney Blog readership a big player of Disney games on the Wii or Nintendo DSi? What games do we need to buy first and what games are perfect for a 5-6 year old.


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7 Responses to Disney adds The Princess and the Frog to video game roster

  1. Imagine says:

    Mr. Frost I’ve gotta be honest here. Your 5-6 year old son shouldn’t be playing with video games. Really. It’s just not… right. Kids under, really, 9 or so should really be using their imaginations to the fullest. Should be playing with Lego and action figures like all the time. Kids grow up too fast and before too long the only thing your son is going to want to do anyway is play video games, because by age 13, every kid has whatever the latest/greatest game console is, and every kid is playing video games.
    So, honestly, my advice is to, for the time being, lay off the games with your son. A little Wii Sports/Toy Story Mania with the family every once in a while is great, but when you’re actually buying video games FOR your son to play when he’s barely old enough to not be called a toddler is just not in his best interest.
    I’ll be 17 years old next month. I’m an avid gamer. I have all of the current systems (and many of the past ones) and I’ve been playing video games ever since I pestered my parents enough for a Game Boy Color, back in 2000. So I would have been about 8 or 9 years old then. Only wanted the thing because all the kids were playing Pokemon at recess.
    Give your son a few more years to develop his imagination – instead of spending 40-60 dollars on a new game, grab another of those absolutely fantastic Toy Story Collection figures. He’ll drop everything in favor of video games before too long regardless.
    I’m sorry if any of this came across as too harsh or if it doesn’t really apply. I just kind of go all crazy if I sense that someone’s child might be growing up faster than s/he should have to.
    Thanks,
    Imagine

  2. John Frost says:

    Thanks for reading The Disney Blog. You’ll just have to trust that we’re not letting our son overdose on video games at the risk of school work or physical activity.

  3. Imagine says:

    Dude no offense but I think you kind of missed my point. Imagination is key. That’s all I’m saying. Thanks for being diplomatic, though. Sorry if I challenged your parenting skills – didn’t mean to. Just kind of figured you wanted some advice on video games since you’re just really not a gamer. But yeah, sorry for butting in.

    All the best,
    Imagine.

  4. Paul says:

    I really liked the games Wall-E, Bolt and The Pirates of the Caribbean. Pirates might be a little violent for a 6 year old, but the other games, Wall-E especially, are good clean fun that aren’t so difficult they’re frustrating.

  5. Raelynn says:

    We have two Disney Wii games so far: Think Fast and Dance Dance Revolution. Think Fast is a trivia game, so if your child is a mini Disney geek they will enjoy it. My son is more a Scooby Doo guy, so he always loses to mom. :-)

    DDR is FUN! And will get everyone off of their chairs for some moving and grooving to great Disney tunes. I highly recommend it.

    My son is almost 7 and has several games for Wii. His current fav is Ghostbusters. When he is not playing, he is often using his imagination to draw and create his own games. Moderation is the key–I sense you already know that.

  6. Mark says:

    I got Toy Story Mania! yesterday as well. Unfortunately, that’s about all my Wii game expertise, at least when it comes to Disney.

  7. Jessica says:

    We also have both a Wii and a DS, both of which our son is allowed to play in very limited doses. The only DS game he gets to play so far is Phineas and Ferb, which I have to admit is a cute adaptation of the tv show. For the Wii, he LOVES Wii Sports Resort, and has become one of the better bowlers in the house! We also like Disney DDR, and Super Mario Cart.

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