In my lifetime what makes a children’s programme has changed immensely, whatever age group you’re talking about. Whether it’s something on terrestrial television, something made for Netflix or something that’s for one of the specialist channels. What content I watched as a kid is pretty different in terms of quality to that which there is today.
There’s still highly original content out there that people have got to enjoy down the years in all styles. Reimagined kids classics, series that expands on existing franchises from videogames or film – with Sonic Boom and the ever ongoing Dreamworks Dragons series being good example of this. High concept, highly intelligently written series and those that are big on ongoing story – for example both series of Avatar, Gravity Falls, etc. What my kids will, one day, I hope, watch will be far removed from that I enjoyed. Just as what I watched was far different in style and quality from that enjoyed by my parents.
One factor that does affect programming of course is technology and virtual reality (VR) and its immersive siblings are no exception to that rule. So, when looking to create a new way to promote one of its shows specialist American kids channel Nickelodeon turned to 360 degrees as a way to do it. It’s not just any promotion though. Nick did a full-on cartoon using the medium.
The show in question is The Loud House, created by animator and illustrator Chris Savino. It’s been going for three seasons now and there’s even a feature film planned for two years’ time. It follows the story of the Loud family, predominantly through Lincoln Loud who is the only boy as well of being the middle child in a family of eleven children. Unsurprisingly, that’s a lot of sibling rivalry and Lincoln’s sisters are all very unique characters.
For a family of that size there are some matters that just cause all sorts of problems. “Step inside The Loud House and immerse yourself in this 360-degree cartoon that places you at the centre of the chaos that occurs when it’s time to get ready for school.”
VRFocus will be back on Monday with another example of Life In 360°.