Netflix Now Offers Interactive Storytelling!
What did we do with our lives before Netflix?
I remember when Netflix started and the simple joy and excitement that would fill my belly because the little red envelopes had arrived with the latest and greatest movies and I didn’t have to worry about getting them back in time. Seems like forever ago, but when the streaming service was born I knew i’d be a customer for life.
Netflix is taking streaming to the next level with children’s programming. We were invited to the most adorable children’s bookstore in Brooklyn called Stories Bookshop. The venue was the perfect place to celebrate the release of the brand new interactive feature.
How does it work?
Attention, kids: Netflix just put you in charge.
Netflix on Tuesday released a new episode on its streaming service of the animated show “The Adventures of Puss in Boots” with an interactive twist. About a half-dozen times during the episode, viewers — most likely children — will be prompted to choose which plot point the show should follow. Each decision will send the story in a different direction.
At one point, for example, viewers must decide whether Puss will confront nice bears or angry bears. On a touch screen, a press of the finger will do the work; on a television, a remote control will be required.
The first interactive episode, called “Puss in Book,” will last 18 to 39 minutes (depending on which path viewers go down), with viewers being asked to make a decision every two to four minutes.
What makes this awesome is that the kids are no longer just watching the shows, it forces them to think and engage a whole lot more. Plus it gives them more power over how THEY would like to see the story line progress.
We had the opportunity to try out the new features weeks before the release. We had a room full of children try out the interactive storytelling features of Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile. Puss is Book is hysterical, you may remember him as the snarky cat from the Shrek series. The kids were able to tell him exactly what move to make next, which usually ended in hilarity.
The boys LOVED being able to choose what happens next. They were so genuinely intrigued by what happened next, and when they finally agreed to go in the same direction they were happy with the result! The cool part is that there could be so many different scenarios with the same show!
The interactive Storytelling feature is available now! Try it out and let me know what you think!
What is your favorite kid show on Netflix? What is YOUR favorite show on Netflix? Do you think your kids will use this new feature?