C-3PO Teaches Wookie and Elsa Hosts Karaoke in New Alexa Skills
Disney has expanded its library of Alexa skills with two new interactive voice apps for kids. “Frozen Sing!” sets up a karaoke session with songs from Frozen and Frozen 2, while “Star Wars: C-3PO Translates!” calls on the Skywalker’s golden protocol droid to teach kids how to speak like a Wookie and a Droid, languages not officially spoken by Amazon’s voice assistant yet.
“Frozen Sing!” opens a karaoke lounge with 10 songs from Frozen and its sequel. Rehearsal Mode plays the song with prompts for the singer to repeat or sing with a crowd. Once they know the lyrics, the skill has a Spotlight Mode with a choice of high-volume, low-volume, or no lyrical backup. If the skill is run on a smart display, the songs come with special visuals as well. The “Star Wars: C-3PO Translates!” skill restricts its music to the beeps and whistles of Droid language and the Chewbacca’s trilling, but C-3PO translates those sounds and teaches users how to speak like the Star Wars characters, augmenting the audio with images on a screen and responding to how closely the user matches his speech.
“Hosted by C-3PO and SD-89, your child will learn key phrases in Shyriiwook and Droidspeak,” Disney explained in announcing the new skills. “When ready, they can try their hand at chatting up the characters in their native tongues. You and your child can practice your very best growls and beeps as you shoot the breeze with Chewbacca, R2-D2, BB-8 and more!”
The new skills highlight Disney’s ongoing experimentation with voice assistants. Disney’s library of Alexa and Google Assistant voice apps continues to grow with a mix of exclusive and shared games and experiences. Both Alexa and Google Assistant can read Disney stories enhanced with sound effects, including stories set in the world of Frozen narrated by the characters. Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max smart displays have a leg up when it comes to Disney+ as users can play shows and movies by asking Google Assistant, an integration Alexa lacks. On the other hand, Alexa and Disney have their own exclusives like the special behind-the-scenes peek at “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” ahead of the movie’s release, and a Mickey Mouse Edition of the Echo Wall Clock, incorporating the voice assistant into the classic clock’s style, although there is a Mickey Mouse Otter Box for Google Nest smart speaker.