Netflix has just launched a neat new feature that allows kids to help control their favourite characters and the storyline they’re watching – putting them in the director’s seat with Interactive Storytelling.
They’ve started with Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale (a new story incorporating beloved characters), available now on iOS and TV devices, with Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, and Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout coming later this year. Kids can watch the same title over and over without ever seeing it play out the same way.
Netflix says they’re eager to learn how members will engage with the experience. Which choices or storylines will be the most popular? Will the mean bears or the friendly bears be more popular? Are members more compelled to rewatch and uncover all of the different storylines?
My nine-year-old, Eva, tried out Puss in Book and agrees that it’s very neat to be able to make the choices on-screen simply by clicking, and to try the story again a different way afterwards. Her wish? “I hope they do this with some shows that have actors, not just cartoons!” From her little one-person-focus-group lips to the ears of Netflix!
Let me know what your child thinks of this interactive new feature!
P.S. You can find some fun Puss in Book printable colouring sheets here!
Disclosure: I receive perks as part of the Netflix Stream Team. Opinions are, as always, my own.