No, I wasn’t simply describing my newest fever dream.
It is a part of the primary episode of a brand new made-for-Snapchat present — Bitmoji TV. The animated collection launches this Saturday (February 1st), and stars your Bitmoji in varied tv eventualities. Assume: actuality competitors, cleaning soap opera, sitcom, and so forth. The final good friend you Snapchatted can be pulled in as your costar, which makes for a really attention-grabbing setup relying on who your contacts on the app are.
To observe the episodes, go into Uncover on the Snapchat app and search for Bitmoji TV. You possibly can ship episodes to your pals, making it simpler for them to search out. This season consists of 10 three- to four-minutes episodes, with every new clip dropping on Saturday mornings. “We’re bringing again Saturday morning cartoons,” stated Ba Blackstock, founder and CEO of Bitmoji.
Bitmoji TV is an evolution of Bitmoji Tales, comedian strips starring your avatar in humorous conditions (just like Bitstrips, an early incarnation of Bitmoji). The primary episode felt like a really family-friendly Futurama tailor-made to Snap’s largely Gen Z consumer base. There have been some moments that had me chortle out loud, principally due to the absurdity of what was taking place. My costar on this episode was the Snap consultant I had simply added to get entry to the episode, and her half within the story made the present really feel extra participating.
Blackstock calls this “avatar-powered leisure,” and sees this as the long run. “This can be a new class of personalised content material, the place it is a distinctive expertise for each particular person viewer,” he instructed Engadget. Upcoming episodes will characteristic some “actually nice comedians,” Blackstock stated, although he could not share names past Jackson’s. (Who shouldn’t be a comic.)
I am undecided if I imagine Bitmoji TV represents the following stage in leisure, nevertheless it was actually entertaining to look at. So a lot of my mates already use their Bitmoji stickers in our chats, and I may see us getting tickled over our avatars’ newest shenanigans. I may additionally see Snap’s rivals attempting to repeat this as a strategy to maintain youthful audiences engaged, although none of them have personalised avatars like Bitmoji but.
For individuals who are invested of their Bitmoji and Snapchat, the brand new TV collection can be yet one more strategy to share entertaining moments with their mates. Those that do not, although, might have to attend until Instagram comes up with its personal clone to get their very own animated TV present.