Have you heard about Okja yet? It’s Netflix’s latest release, a heart warming tale of a young girl and her giant pig. Awwww, sounds nice. Let’s get the kids!
Oh, hell no.
Look, we all know about Charlotte’s Web, a genuine children’s book that will put you through the emotional wringer, but in a PG sort of way. Okja is not Charlotte’s Web, or Babe. Okja is about a genetically engineered pig who’s meant for the table, but somehow ends up as kid’s pet instead. When the company who created Okja wants the pig back to see how tasty it is, the kid put ups a fight.
Okja is not for Kids
I haven’t watched Okja yet (come on, it just released today) but I’ve watched the trailers and read some of the reviews Netflix sent my way. In case you didn’t know, I’m a Netflix Streamteam blogger, so I get free Netflix and swag in exchange for my honest reviews.
Netflix wanted to get the word out that their new movie–yes, it’s a full length Netflix Original–is awesome but not for the kids. Because it skipped the theater there’s no Motion Picture Association of America rating, but Netflix’s gave it a TV-MA.
That’s for mature audiences!
The movie might be about a girl and her giant pig, but it’s got Tilda Swinton cussing like a sailor and armed activists running around fighting the police as they try to rescue said CGI pig.
To help get the word out, Netflix sent me this image to use:
Watch Moana Again
A while back Netflix worked out a deal with Disney allowing them to stream new Disney movies ASAP. So if you didn’t pop for a Moana DVD you now have the mighty Maui on your TV, ipad or whatever you stream Netflix on. You’re welcome!
Puss in Boots Interactive
Netflix also introduced a fun new twist on Puss in Boots: Interactive story telling! Mitch is running through it right now, and it’s pretty cool.
It’s like a Netflix Choose your Own Adventure. It starts off like a regular Puss in Boots cartoon, but Puss finds a magic book that sucks him into it’s pages. The narrator tells Puss that he has to do whatever the reader of the book wants. It’s a pretty cute set up with Puss and the narrator talking directly to the viewer/reader, giving the you “this or that” choices. The story is super silly and constantly breaks the 4th wall, with Puss begging the reader to choose things that will get him out of the book faster.
Puss in Book: Trapped in An Epic Tale can be played on your TV or mobile device. On your TV you’ll just use your remote to make choices. We run Netflix through our Xbox, so Mitch used the controller. On the iPad it just take a finger tap.
We know that you can’t spend ALL your time watching Netflix–something about that whole “too much of a good thing”…so I’ve got Puss in Boots coloring pages for you! Just click the image below to access the PDF file and print them out. It’s crayon time!