Netflix goes interactive with Puss in Book

Alex Kidman 21 June 2017 NEWS


Kids can choose their own adventure with Netflix's new Puss in Book show.

Part of the reason for the overall success of Netflix's "Originals" programming has come from the way that the streaming giant has embraced ideas that challenge the normal methods of TV production and delivery, whether it's dropping an entire season at once, or embracing production of everything from simple kids shows to entirely dark adult dramas.

Its latest experimental show will come in the form of Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, a show based around the Puss in Boots character from the Shrek movies cast in the form of an interactive TV show. Younger viewers will be able to select from 13 different plot variance points within the show while they watch, leading to one of two possible endings.

There are some limitations in terms of control, however, with the show watchable but not controllable if you're watching via Apple TV, Chromecast, Netflix's website or on Android devices.


Netflix isn't diving into a full binge-watch season of interactive Puss in Boots shows, but it is developing further shows in the format with Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile due in mid-July and a Stretch Armstrong show due for release next year.

So far, though, Netflix is only making interactive shows for kids, with no sign of, say, an interactive version of Orange Is the New Black. Maybe that's for the best.

Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale is available to stream on Netflix now.

If you're after more Netflix viewing choices, check out our full list of everything launching on Netflix Australia in June 2017 here.

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