CBeebies has launched a new interactive version of The Snow Queen on its app.
The Snow Queen, narrated by actress Wunmi Mosaku, tells the tale of Gerda, a young village girl who is on a quest to save her best friend Kai, who has been captured and frozen by the wicked Snow Queen. The animated story follows Gerda as she flies to rescue Kai using her magical gold boots and faces a series of obstacles along the way to finding the Snow Queen’s Winter Palace.
Children can read and play along with the story by helping Gerda through a series of tasks, including flying through the sky to look for the Winter Palace, freeing her from robbers who capture her as she treks through the woods, and helping bring Kai back from his frozen slumber. (A musical adaptation of the popular festive story is also this year’s CBeebies Christmas Show, featuring Cat Sandion, Andy Day and Justin Fletcher.)
Kay Benbow, controller of CBeebies, says: “The Snow Queen is a classic family favourite and the CBeebies Storytime app brings the magical story to life for another generation. I’m sure both grown-ups and little ones alike will love reading the story together over the festive period. The CBeebies Storytime app means that families can enjoy The Snow Queen whenever and wherever they are, perfect for any winter holiday or bedtime reading.”
The app, which is free on Apple, Android and Kindle Fire, is designed for kids aged 0 to 6. It joins a slew of interactive storytelling from Netflix, which is using its own kids’ programming for choose-your-own specials, and HBO, where Steven Soderbergh has launched Mosaic, a similarly structured drama for adults. Mosaic is not yet available in the UK.