Netflix once again poises itself as a pioneer in kid entertainment
There are plenty of reasons why parents consider Netflix the holy grail of children’s programming. If you thought we reached peak Netflix love at offline downloading, think again. They’ve decided to up the ante and add another awesome feature for kids: interactive storytelling.
Remember those “choose your own adventure” books by R.L. Stine and R.A. Montgomery? How much fun were those, right? Welcome to how those books translate into 2017.
Starting today, Netflix is unveiling this brand new technology that allows kids to determine their own adventures and make their own decisions as to what unfolds on their screens. Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, the first interactive show launching today, lets kids be the audience and the director when it comes to interacting with characters and deciding their fate.
Shows like Blue’s Clues or Dora the Explorer are great, and they give kids the chance to feel involved by shouting out answers. But Netflix is taking the interactivity to a whole new level with Puss in Book and new, interactive episodes of the already popular Netflix show Buddy Thunderstruck that will be available July 14.
The design behind these shows gives your kids a variety of dual choices, with 10-15 seconds to make decisions for their characters. If they can’t decide, Netflix will choose for them to continue the story. Kids can use their TV remote, a game controller, or their own little index fingers (depending on their viewing device) to interact with the programs.
This sounds like the kind of summer entertainment that’s perfect for rainy days, family movie nights, sleepovers at Grandma and Grandpa’s, or days when you just need to get your shit done without breaking up arguments. Once again Netflix has nailed exactly what we need, kids and parents alike.