Your favorite Disney characters are now emoji

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It's been a good week for app-inspired nostalgia. On top of last week's Pokémon craze, Disney also has a new app that will provide some throwback joy.

The company just launched its new emoji app, Disney Emoji Blitz, which brings some of its most-love characters to your keyboard.

Part game part emoji keyboard, the app offers a somewhat different take than the typical emoji keyboard. The keyboard starts out with only a handful of characters, and users earn more by playing the accompanying match-three game.

The game itself is similar to other Disney games: players match sets of three or more of emoji in 60-second rounds, while earning bonuses and racking up points. Points get you in-game coins, which can be redeemed for additional characters for the keyboard portion of the app.

The concept may sound a little gimmicky (and it does include the requisite in-app purchase options as well) but the characters themselves don't feel gimmicky at all.

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The characters, which come from old favorites like The Little Mermaid as well as newer titles like Finding Dory, aren't just pulled from the films they come from. Each one was redesigned to take on distinctly emoji-like characteristics, says the app's executive producer Nacia Chambers.

"The team did a lot of research, looking at Unicode emojis," she tells Mashable. "We looked at how all of those known platforms were expressing all of these different expressions and then we went and said 'OK, what's the Disney take on these?' "

Right now the app has characters from 33 different Disney movies and a couple hundred other "object" characters (think, shoes, cars and the other non-smiley face emoji), and Chambers says they plan to continue updating the app with additional characters.

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10 of the best Disney sidekicks ever
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10 of the best Disney sidekicks ever

Where would Simba have been without the help and riduculous banter of Pumbaa and Timon in "The Lion King." The unlikely duo of a meerkat and a warthog made this pair one of the best sidekick duo's in Disney history. 

PUMBAA & TIMON THE LION KING (1994)

Dressing up as a male to impersonate a warrior in the Chinese military would have been pretty difficult for Mulan without the help of Mushu: Guardian of the Fa family. Despite Mushu's early failings as a guardian, the feisty dragon was a constant support for Mulan with his sound advice, loving demeanor and fast-thinking in a pinch. 

If one must be holed up in a castle with a ghastly beast, it's best to have Cogsworth, Lumiere and Mrs. Potts on your side. Each brought a special sidekick quality to the table. Cogsworth was safe and practical, Lumiere always had romance and Belle's heart on his mind and Mrs. Pott's provided a motherly vibe. The trio were ultimate sidekicks for Belle in "Beaty and the Beast." 

Everyone needs a buddy and Flounder was just that for Aerial in "The Little Mermaid." Admittedly, Flounder wasn't always the best sounding board for the red-headed swimmer, but he made a good sidekick since he was always down for an adventure. 

What do a hummingbird and a raccoon have in common? They were both besties and sidekicks for indian princess Pocahontas. In the 1995 flick, Meeko and Flit provided just the right amount of comedy without ever saying a word. Now that's tricky. 

Any sidekick that will let you float down a river on their tummy is alright by us. Baloo the Bear and Mowgli were the best of pals in "The Jungle Book," and the best part about Balloo was he was always ready to dance and sing. We like that in a sidekick. 

Scheming, selfish and funny aren't exactly three words that you'd want in a sidekick, but Abu usually let his conscience take over when he and Aladdin were up to no good. Plus, he busted Aladdin out of a jail, dressed up as an elephant and more in order to help out Ali. 

Olaf was an immediate hit with everyone in "Frozen." The inherently happy snowman sprung to magical life in order to help Anna chase down Elsa and help end the snowpocalypse that would have ruined the kingdom. Daring and happy? Talk about a good mix.  

High five for Hercules and Pegasus! Not only does the winged horse regularly rescue the Greek god from many precarious situations, he also really cares about Hercules. So much so that he gets a bit jealous when Herc falls head over heels for Meg. But best friends are definitely supposed to do that -- because they have your best interest at heart. 

Tinker Bell definitely has a bit of an attitude problem, but she makes up for it by bringing a bit of sparkly magic everywhere she goes in Neverland. Even though she's a bit selfish and has a temper, she proves her worth when she's willing to go down in sparkly flames in order to protect Pan. 
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