Just when you thought Netflix couldn’t be more awesome: they launch their new Interactive Stories. If you’ve ever been at school, you would be familiar with the concept of ‘choose your own adventure’. The concept is a simple one. Everyone starts the story in the same place, but at specific points along the way, the reader needs to make a decision. It may be about a character, a setting or a plot. Making small decisions transforms the story, and takes you on a journey different to the next person. The one thing that traditional television has not allowed, is the ability for it’s viewers to choose the way their show evolves, unfolds and ends. Netflix has brilliantly brought this to life with their Interactive stories.
Curious? Here is a video to explain it further:
Recently, I sat down with Ella and Hudson with Netflix loaded to out iPad. Currently, they have two interactive titles:
Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale
Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile
In our house, fairy tales rule, and so it was an easy decision to choose Puss in Boots! It begins like any regular show, where the characters begin to tell their story and set the scene. However something then changes, with Puss in Boots turning towards the audience and asking them to consider how the story will be told and unfold! Puss in Boots finds himself locked in a series of stories that he needs to navigate and find is way through. It’s like a maze where the children have control.
At one point Puss in Boots finds himself in the story of Goldilocks with the Three Bears staring at him.
The viewer is asked to make a choice of whether the bears are friends or foes. The 13 different choices throughout the episode lead to two different conclusions to the show, which is aimed at children between four and six.
The shortest path through the story makes an 18 minute-long episode, while the longest route through the options creates a 39 minute-long experience.
What I love about these stories is the fact that each time your child watches it, the story can be completely different. Your children have the chance to learn how a subtle change in character, scene and emotion can lead you to a very different outcome. It helps the children develop their attention and consider how their decisions actually effect the story. They themselves become the author and have the power to be the directors of their own show.
It is a beautiful addition to the every growing Netflix catalogue. One that I know my children really adore, and I know you will too.
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With winter fast approaching, our days of playing and spending time outdoors are becoming a distant memory. Parks and pools are replaced with indoor cubbies and movie marathons. Think loads of pillows, thrown onto the floor, popcorn and PJs. There is sometimes nothing better than lazing around on the weekends and introducing your children to some of your childhood movie favourites. Cue Disney. I vividly remember Saturday nights at 6.30pm when Disney would be on TV. Whether it was Cinderella, Mickey or Lady and the Tramp, the iconic palace lovingly forged it’s way into my memory. It’s a memory that I’d love my children to have, as it means family. Family time together watching shows that bring song and sound to life.
Netflix are forever adding new content titles to it’s library and I’m thrilled to share (in case you didn’t already know) that they have added amazing classics including:
One movie that I just have to highlight is the Parent Trap. As a child, I was OB-SESSED with this movie. The original, that is with Hayley Mills. In case you’ve missed it (how on earth could you not know this????), Hayley Mills plays two daughters. That’s right, two TWINS. Shot seperately, and merged together (which was totally amazing back in the day). The story goes that Mum and Dad had twin girls, sadly split up, taking one daughter each (sounds awful right? Well, in the movie it’s actually quite cute). One raise in the UK and the other raised in the USA. They end up randomly meeting at summer camp (in the US, and yes…one is from a very rich background and is sent half way around the world to attend). What starts out as a love, hate relationship, ends up being a match made in heaven. The girls conspire to swap roles, to meet their long lost parent that they’ve never known. In the process they plot to get them back together, and the rest is….well….you’ll just have to watch.
These days, it’s had a remake and stars the infamous Lindsay Lohen as a child. It’s a gorgeous remake.
My cousin Lisa and I, adopted the handshake that the girls did each time the left each other. Crossing their fingers, and then crossing their arms, it became our way of saying ‘love you!’. It holds such a special place in my heart, and I cannot wait to share it with Ella.
So this weekend, as the whether turns cold and rainy…jump onto Netflix and share one of the Disney classics with your own children. It’s simply the best!
Since having my hip replacement, I’ve been forced to do, well nothing. Nothing involves having the chance to watch some television and get stuck into some of those TV shows on Netlfix that I never get the chance to watch. Normally it’s my kids and hubby who get to enjoy the variety of NETFLIX options, but this time around it’s me! A few days ago, I sat and watched the entire series of Netflix’s original series: The Crown. IF you are anything like me and love a good ‘royalty’ feature, then this series will knock your socks off. A biopic drama that is based on the history of the reign of Queen Elizabeth the second, it follows her journey from teenager, to young adult, coronation and reign as Queen. Not only does it document factual accounts of her life, but it delves into the unknown, unspoken world of her intimate relationships, challenges and somewhat moving insights into her world. The life of the house of Windsor.
What I’ve loved about this series is the fact that it shows the woman, the real person behind the figure that we’ve come to know and see on our televisions and newspapers. It shows the struggle of her dual role: that of a woman and that of a Queen. A Queen, a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a woman. Her somewhat strained relationships with her family and the way in which she has to grow quite quickly into the role of Queen. It also gives a fantastic insight into the tumultuous relationship between parliament and monarchy. Travelling through many major historical events, it shows how she draws strength from memories passed, of her beloved late Father, King George and her late Grandmother.