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Trivia / Living Books

  • Cross-Dressing Voices: This was done with, of all characters, Grandma in Just Grandma and Me. She was played by Mark Schlichting.
  • Follow the Leader: A ton. Living Books completely changed the face of Edutainment Games, so naturally many followed suit of varying results. In fact, this is what most of the cheaply done edutainment titles consisted of during the mid-to-late 90s and early 2000s. Many of them weren't even books to begin with. Specific examples:
    • The Disney Animated Storybooks, which adapted various Disney films into interactive books. Some of these were The Lion King and 101 Dalmatians. Ironically, Media Station developed some of these titles, and would later go on to make D.W. the Picky Eater, which was an actual Living Book, and would also be the Oddball in the Series.
    • GT Interactive did various Mercer Mayer stories, such as Just Me and My Mom, Just Me and My Dad, and Little Monster Private Eye: The Smelly Mystery. These were arguably some of the better clones though, as they made it less of an interactive book and more of a game.
    • Some of the Sesame Street Licensed Games were interactive books.
    • The Magic Tales series was a take on classic foreign folk tales rather than children's books, and were made by Davidson & Associates and Animation Magic. Yes, that Animation Magic.
    • Also released by Davidson was the Puddle Books series from Fisher-Price which consisted of six original stories which had an activity on each page you can "jump" into. Another one of the better clones due to its humor and wide variety of activities.
    • There's The BBC's attempt at making one in 1997's Noddy: The Magic of Toytown.
    • Packard Bell created a few interactive storybooks and bundled them with their computers in the mid-to-late 90s.
    • Even Sierra got in on the act with Slater & Charlie Go Camping, about two dinosaurs, one of which originated from a remake of their earlier game Oil's Well, going camping.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Living Books and GT Interactive had entirely different interpretations of Little Monster. On the Living Books side of things, most of the characters sounded like young kids and were energetic, whereas they had rather deep voices and were much more easy going when GT Interactive gave it a shot. It's also a bit weird to see Little Monster's pet Kerploppus go from acting like a dog to becoming a talking anthropomorphic character just like everyone else.
    • Simon has a raspy and higher pitched voice in all of the samplers compared to his role as the narrator in The Tortoise and the Hare.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The titles based on Dr. Seuss books will likely never see release on modern tablet devices as Seuss's books are exclusively licensed to Oceanhouse Media, Inc. as far as interactive apps go. Mercifully, the CD-ROM versions are among the most reprinted in the series.
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