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'Asteroids' by VR Animation Studio Baobab 

  • By levi brocklehurst
  • 18 Jul, 2017

From the director of Madagascar comes ASTEROIDS!, the highly-anticipated follow up to the award-winning VR animation INVASION!

Asteroids! Baobab VR Animation Studio
Asteroids! Baobab VR Animation Studio
Baobab Studios Mac and Cheez are back with their robot sidekick Peas, this time on a dangerous, deep space mission. Disaster strikes as they are attacked by teeth-gnashing space bugs careening asteroids. VR Animation studio Baobab released a preview to the second episode of its breakout animated Sci-fi experience “Invasion!”

ASTEROIDS! Asteroids is a 10-minute interactive film that takes us into space with our two alien friends and is the second part of a five-episode series which follows two aliens, Mac and Cheez (voiced by Darnell and actress Elizabeth Banks), as they complete their daily tasks in their spaceship. You ride along with the two aliens that were first introduced with “Invasion!”.

You explore the nooks and crannies of their spaceship and delve into the nature of friendship as the two pals squabble before ultimately demonstrating their mutual affection. These two are Laurel and Hardy-like bumblers. Mac is the OCD one, always working to make sure everything on board is spotless. When we meet him, he’s cleaning a window, obsessively wiping the same spot again and again. Cheez, who is voiced by the actress Elizabeth Banks, is more of a slob. That conflict tends to result in Mac getting upset about the untidy state of the ship.


Mac and Cheez in Baobab's 'Asteroids!'
Mac and Cheez in Baobab's 'Asteroids!'

The VR experience plays with a unique blend of traditional notions of cinema and audience participation. It's interactive, but there aren’t branching storylines based on your actions. Because of the immersive nature of VR, you feel you’re really there, the characters are compelling and invite you into their world and communicate directly with you which allows the audience to develop a deeper sense of empathy.

Darnell and his co-founder Maureen Fan, formerly VP of games at Zynga, have a favourite example of how they think VR differs from other media.“Instead of branching narrative or branching plot, we do branching emotions instead,” said Darnell. Both Fan and Darnell are intrigued by the science and psychology of this new medium, and its impact on storytelling mechanisms.

ASTEROIDS! by Baobab VR Animation Studio
ASTEROIDS! by Baobab VR Animation Studio

ASTEROIDS!  Is a natural progression for Baobab Studios in showing the potential of VR and how it's the ultimate medium for emotionally invested, compassionate and extraordinary storytelling,” explains Maureen Fan, CEO and co-founder of Baobab Studios. “We’re so excited to reveal the full episode in Park City where festival audiences will experience firsthand the incredible journey virtual reality takes you on. There’s really nothing else like it.”

Announced back in December it made it's debut at the The Sundance Film Festival. Baobab Studios have now released a 360 degree “sneak peak” as to what further adventures await and will be released later this year.
Baobab's 'Asteroids!'
Baobab's 'Asteroids!'

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