Remember “choosing your own adventure” books? I was addicted to them for a while.
“Choose your own adventure” style books were really popular during my childhood in the 80’s and 90’s where you could choose one of two or three possible paths that the story could take. It made for longer stories and deeper plotlines and OPTIONS, people, OPTIONS. And then you could go back and choose a different path each time and see if you came to a different ending. I remember spending summers on break from school reading tons of books and changing destinies!!
One day as I was surfing the Netflix queue I stumbled upon a “choose your own story” interactive animation. Totally cool, right!?
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Netflix has just launched a series of stories that follow the same pattern.
“Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale,” features the kitty cat from “Puss in Boots.” Remember the Shrek character that was all heroic, funny and full of himself all at the same? Well, he eventually got its own Netflix TV Show a while back. In the story, Puss finds himself stuck in a book of fairy tales, and to escape, he has to master a number of challenges. The viewers have to decide which choice Puss makes. Is it the world of Sinbad, or Snow White? What about the Goldilocks’ bears?
This cool interactive format allows younger kids (and older ones) pick between different stories. Much like the “choose your own adventure” books from my childhood. It’s a great way for kids to have control of how the story progresses, and of consequences of your actions. It’s not just watching TV. In this format you can actually talk about making choices and why something happened. Well because of the path you chose, honey!
Appropriate for Ages 7+
Available on TV only.
This interactive format is still under development. The next offering on Netflix is Buddy Thunderstruck. A quick glance and it seems to be mostly about fart jokes and wet willies. Not my fare to be honest. But perhaps it’s the choices we made – it’s an interactive story after all. The story though after “garbage pizza” went rapidly downhill.
Disclaimer: I am a member of the Netflix Canada Stream Team where I receive special perks. The opinion as always is honest and all mine.