The world’s leading movie and TV series streaming platform Netflix has released a new feature called Interactive Storytelling. This function allows children to choose different decisions on behalf of their favourite characters, ultimately making their own version of their favourite tale.
The first instalment, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, has launched globally and the next interactive film, Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile is coming soon on July 14. At launch, these titles will be available on most TV experiences as well as iOS devices (not on computers or laptops). The Adventures of Puss in Boots and Buddy Thunderstruck are children’s series that are currently available on Netflix, but these particular interactive adventures are brand new standalone episodes.
Being the first to do interactive content at this scale, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile present an opportunity to showcase how kids can now tell their own story, exactly the way they want to. These two titles will elevate the viewing experience from passive viewing to actively engaging, making the child a creator themselves!
Here’s 5 reasons to take a breather with the kids and stream it on Netflix!
1. Puts Your Child in the Driver’s Seat
Having your child take the wheel provides them the opportunity to become puppet masters of their favourite characters. Given complete creative control over what these characters say and do onscreen, they decide the scenarios and outcomes of the story and hence becoming the storytellers of their favourite shows. With their neurons kicked into high firing rates, they will remain active while enjoying an activity they love while mum and dad can appreciate the safe, commercial-free space.
2. Teaches Your Child Consequences of Their Decisions
Controlling the fate of fictional characters may not seem substantial to parents, but these personae are who your children adore and look up to. This provides the perfect opportunity for them to learn that with great power comes great responsibility – where no tangible loss is gambled, of course. Be it a character getting thrown into deeper trouble or finally winning a race, your children will be encouraged with cognitive thinking and realise that with every choice made, there is a consequence – ultimately learning to reflect and weigh on given options before making a final decision they desire.
3. Fosters Working Together, Comprising and Finding Resolutions with Siblings
Kids of various ages, especially siblings, can have a hard time seeing eye to eye on everything. Fret not, because with Interactive Storyline, the perfect common ground is established. Bonding time does not always have to end up in cries and fights. Sure siblings may argue over which path a character should take, but soon enough they will learn that by taking turns and working together can they succeed in telling the best story. Having families interact with their favourite characters in such an engaging experience, passive family viewing moments become a thing of the past.
4. Teaches Your Child to Respect Different Viewpoints
While working together to decide on paths, your children get to voice their opinions – and they are rarely the same. In fact, that is the ideal! They get to learn to compromise in contradicting situations and engage in discussions, the likes of weighing pros and cons of each other’s decisions together, eventually realising that no one person is always right and hence the importance of respecting different viewpoints. Coupled with numerous possible storylines, no two adventures are the same and your children will be provided with a gift of constant discovery.
5. Empowers Them with Wholesome Values
With Netflix being the first to offer something like this on a global scale, you can be assured that your children will have countless opportunities to practise their sense of responsibility, accountability and ownership. All three titles – Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, and coming up in 2018, Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout– will be available globally on iOS and TV devices. Of course, mum and dad can still continue to guide the children as they go on an adventure – whether it’s indoors or outdoors!
It’s time for the children to try being in complete creative control of what their favourite characters end up doing and saying on screen. Their neurons will be firing left and right as they actively engage in an activity that they’ll love!
Check out the trailer here: