Despite her low vision, Jenny loved to watch Disney and Pixar Movies. Among her favorites was Aladdin, mainly because Robin Williams had a lot of dialogue.
On the other hand, Wall-E was towards the bottom of her list, probably because too much happens outside of the dialogue, the camera makes fast movements, and challenging color palettes abound.
This is where Audio Description comes in. I discovered it while researching links for this site.
Launching with the in-home release of The Good Dinosaur on February 23, 2016, sixteen Disney*Pixar titles on Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) will include a free audio descriptive narration feature for low-vision and blind audiences.
Titles include: Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars , Ratatouille, WALL-E , Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave, Monsters University, Inside Out, and The Good Dinosaur.
Unfortunately, this came out a bit too late for Jenny. I’m sure she would have enjoyed Wall-E much more with audio description. Her favorites to try first would have been Finding Nemo and Toy Story 3, but we would have worked our way through all of them, I’m sure.
If you have an ipad or iphone with iOS 7 or higher, you can download a free app from Disney.
All you have to do is start your movie with the TV Audio audible, launch your Disney Movies Anywhere iOS app, tap the “Sync & Play Audio” button and the app will play an audio description track along with the movie, filling in the gaps with clear and timely descriptions of the scene.
We tried it with Inside Out and loved how easy it was. We were surprised how much the descriptions enhanced our experience of the movie. Our toddler enjoyed it and benefitted by learning words and language. When he accidentally stopped the iphone, we were able to re-sync it easily without interrupting the movie.
Kudos to everyone who made this possible. Strongly recommended.
Other options for streaming Audio Description can be found here, at the The Audio Description Project, An Initiative of the American Council of the Blind.