Google Home and Disney : Making Storytime more Magical

Still being a little Kid at heart I love storytelling. Looking back to the good old days when grandma used to tell me stories as I fell asleep, Kids these days miss out on a lot. The best storyteller in the world has joined hands with Google to make storytime a little more magical. If you haven’t heard yet, I’m talking about Google Home and Disney bringing magic to storytime. Curious to know more?  let’s hop right in shall we?

The Master’s of storytelling

Disney! Everyone knows about them. The pioneers in storytelling and masters of bringing joy and laughter to children around the world. Disney with their iconic Mickey mouse is known far and wide and resonate deep within the hearts of children and adults alike. Who doesn’t like a good Disney movie?

Disney’s stories always had a sort of flare to them. The right mix of all the elements that make a good story. They had mastered the art through years and years of experience. Movies like the Lion King, Snow White and so on to  Tangled, Frozen, Moana etc…  Fairytales have always been Disney’s specialty. Bringing to the hearts of children, magic, love, friendship, wonder all make Disney a true marvel.

Hey Google, let’s read along with Disney.

Who would have thought the day would come when we could story-tell with Disney. That’s right thanks to Google home and Disney,  every story time will have a little bit of Disney’s flare. Yeah, I’ve been talking about this “flare” for a while now haven’t I? let me tell you what exactly it is.

With Google Home, Now you can have a much more interactive story time by adding background music and sounds to stories while you read. Google home and Disney have both collaborated together to bring children around the world this magical treat. There are a few selected storybooks that support this feature. Now as you read the stories to your kids, Google home listens to your voice and adds sound effects and music depending on the story you are reading. So wanna know more? keep reading.

The Technical Side

To get started simply say ,

Hey Google, let’s read along with Disney.

And the google home will ask you which book you are going to read. Remember, You have to tell the name of the book clearly (I’ve had a little trouble with “Moana” it took a few tries to get it right). The Google Home will then Prompt you that it will record your voice during the duration of storytelling so that it can effectively add sounds and music to the session.

As you read the book, Google Home will add background scores, sound effects like the sounds of birds, oceans and animals, and suspenseful music during suspenseful scenes. The experience was really magical and it turned out to be fun for the reader as well as the listener. While reading, I too felt like a part of the story, being the narrator of a story turned out to be a very fun experience.

Whats more there are little more features that make you the master of the storytelling. For example, If you skip ahead to a point in a story (as most kids ask their parents to skip to their favorite parts) Google Home will recognize that and will change the music and effects accordingly. If you stop or pause, ambient music will play until you begin reading again.

Supported Books

Currently, this feature is available to only a limited number of story books but we can expect that Google and Disney will extend the service to even more stories soon. At the moment, the read along is available with books such as :

  • Moana
  • Toy Story 3
  • Coco
  • Jack-Jack Attack
  •  Peter Pan
  • Cinderella
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • The Three Little Pigs 
  • Mickey Mouse and his Spaceship
  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol

So, next time you’re cozying up with one of your favorite Disney stories, let Google Home enhance the score. We’re sure there’s no better ‘happily ever after.’ As stated by Google.

The Verdict

Well, there’s probably some more books I might have missed. The library is always expanding, but these few books are a start. Above all else, one thing’s for certain, this little addition is a huge game changer for storytelling. Google never ceases to surprise me and with Disney lighting the way to storytelling, I can’t think of a better way to enjoy a good story time. It truly is something you have to experience for yourself to truly understand. That being said, I liked it. I had fun, the most I’ve ever had, reading a story. and it’s great for kids and adults to enjoy.

So what did you think about Googles new little feature? Did you find it amazing, interesting? or did you find it boring? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to know what you think about it.

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