Plug-in Media and Kindle Entertainment have delivered an immersive 3D website commissioned by CBeebies for top-rated kids’ TV show Big and Small.
The website (www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/bigandsmall), was developed using Papervision3D technology and invites users to enter the house and engage with animated versions of Big and Small.
The project is the first to emerge from this successful collaboration between TV production company and digital media agency.
Big and Small first screened on CBeebies in October and is already a huge hit. The two best friends are opposites in every way: Big is gentle, thoughtful and understanding and Small is exuberant and loud.
The theme of the series is extended on-line in a highly innovative and hugely playful way: the website is a real-time rendered 3D world that allows users to switch views at the click of the mouse and experience Big and Small’s house from the perspective of the characters.
Papervision3D, the latest innovation in delivering 3D on the web. Plug-in’s technical director Seb Lee-Delisle has led Plug-in’s developers to push the boundaries of this open source project and the result is the environment created feels and looks exactly like the inside of Big and Small’s house seen on the television.
Animated versions of the show's main characters are embedded into the 3D environment responding to the user’s interaction.
The site has a range of activities including the Band Game which allows users to create up to 105 different variations of the show’s theme tune or they can make a hand-painting using Big’s purposeful paw prints or Small’s squelchy, paint-splattered imprints.
In December and January the house will be extended even further with new rooms and more games. Kids can throw cushions at Big and brush Small's teeth as he rushes around the bathroom.
Plug-in began its collaboration with Kindle Entertainment when both companies took part in SEMN’s Digital Horizons scheme last year.