Students everywhere can breathe a huge sigh of relief. Now, getting ready for English Lit class is as easy as watching six minute animated videos on their mobile phones. These new interactive videos come courtesy of CliffsNotes — who have saved students for years with their trademark black and yellow bound summaries of the classics.
Let's be clear though, you still have to actually read at some point. The new animated shorts from CliffsNotes Films will provide only a short summary and students can click on key characters for more detail. The goal behind the project was to simply add some animated life to the bard's writings to engage today's digitally driven students with the hope of making them want to pick up the book to learn more.
Of course CliffsNotes has been giving us the short form insights of famous books for years so we know what to expect from them. Aside from seeing Hamlet as a cartoon king, the other surprise is the co-producer for the project is Mark Burnett of Survivor fame. Together they are releasing six of Shakespeare's classics — Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Othello, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Macbeth and Julius Caesar.
No word as to whether there are more titles in the works but we are hoping that War and Peace is on the list and rates at least 12 minutes.
See a sample for yourself in the one minute trailer for the six minute short for the hundreds and thousands of pages of fiction in the video below.