Netflix has unveiled a new type of show format, and your kids are going to love it (and you probably will too). The popular "choose your own adventure" format isn't just for books anymore — it's now being incorporated into Netflix storytelling.
The new interactive technology is being launched in two kids' shows: Puss in Book: Trapped In An Epic Tale, which premiered on Tuesday, and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, premiering July 14th.
During each show, viewers will be presented with various decisions to make about the storyline. Using the remote or touch screen (depending on how they're streaming the show), they'll be able to choose what happens next.
Here's the story map for Puss in Book:
Puss in Book (yep, that's Puss from Shrek) gives viewers 13 chances to shape the story, with two possible endings. The choices made will alter the arc of the story, which can last anywhere from 18 to 39 minutes.
Buddy Thunderstruck will offer eight opportunities to make a decision. The show will last an average length of 12 minutes, and the ending will loop back through — meaning the show could technically last forever.
Giving viewers decision-making power is something both the creators and storytellers wanted to explore and have been working on for two years.
"This came about when we were starting to think about how we're in an interactive-device ecosystem," Carla Fisher, the director of product innovation at Netflix told Refinery29. "Netflix isn't beholden to linear TV, and we don't have to fill a half hour or an hour. It's okay for for there to be a variety of times."
If choosing your own adventure does well for Netflix, there's always the possibility of it becoming a thing in shows for adults. So if your favorite character makes a terrible decision (we're looking at you, Barb from Stranger Things), the only person you'll have to blame is yourself. No pressure.