Netflix is coming out with a new 2D-animated interactive comedy-adventure special, We Lost Our Human.
Audiences will choose to experience the story from the perspective of a self-involved cat Pud (Ben Schwartz). Or they choose that of a loving, hyperactive dog Ham (Ayo Edebiri). Pud/Ham wakes up one day to find that their human and ALL humans have disappeared from Earth! Desperate to find their owner, these two homebound pets venture out into the world for the first time to discover strange mysteries, meet bizarre creatures and maybe — with the audience’s help — save the universe along the way.
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Rikke Asbjoern and Chris Garbutt created the special. They also serve as executive producers, directors, and writers of the screenplay alongside Laura Sreebny and Nick Arciaga.
“Creating a huge interactive project has been an exciting challenge and gave us a unique chance to approach Pud and Ham’s story outside of a traditional format,” said the creator duo. “We got to explore their many parallels and interwoven paths, which resulted in our story room becoming a complex web of post-it notes, push pins and string. Quite a dizzying sight for anyone witnessing one of our story pitches!”
The voice cast also includes Adrienne C. Moore, Lauren Tom, Jon Glaser, Henry Rollins, Lucas Grabeel and Matty Cardarople.
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Curtis Lelash, Director of Original Animation for Netflix, added, “We Lost Our Human combines the very best of animation, comedy and interactivity, expanding the possibilities of how stories are told today. We can’t wait for audiences of all ages to take this hilarious journey with Pud and Ham, because their fate rests in the audiences hands … literally.”
Netflix previously released interactive specials with Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and a special episode of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s all part of the ongoing experiment in audience interaction with scripted shows. We may or may not be heading towards a singularity of immersive interactive fiction in our impending cyberpunk dystopian future.
As of right now, there is no stream date for this project.