Rainbow Crow, the new animated VR series from Baobab - VR Animation Studio
“Rainbow Crow” is an animated series based on a Native American folk tale around themes of self-discovery and diversity. In the series, carefree forest animals imagine that spring will last forever. However, winter comes and the animals soon realise that their lives are in danger. What they need is a hero: what they need is Rainbow Crow (Legend).
Baobab’s adaptation has been written and directed by Baobab Chief Creative Officer and “Madagascar” director Eric Darnell. It focuses on the unlikely friendship between a shy and self-conscious skunk and a colourful, self-assured crow, voiced by Legend, who happens to be a kind of pop star among his fellow forest animals.
As the viewer you are encompassed by the dense forest, with only indirect light bouncing under the canopy from the periphery. You’re situated down low compared to some nearby mounds and built-up foliage on every side. Everything in this VR space was like it had been touched by magic. From the trees, to the animals, to the sound echoing across the forest, it made you want to be in the story. The team has also added in the factor of being able to interact with the environment with the use of the motion-tracked controllers.
John Legend will voice the title character, as well as serve as executive producer on the project. “ Rainbow Crow brings storytelling and music together in a way no one else has yet in virtual reality,” Legend said in a statement. “It’s an incredible medium for inspiring a journey of self-discovery and finding your way in times to darkness. In light of what’s going on in today’s world, it’s a message of deep meaning that people from all walks of life can embrace.”
Baobab will premiered the first episode of “Rainbow Crow” at Tribeca, but the studio has yet to finalise the release schedule as well as subsequent episodes for this soon-to-be classic, musical experience for all ages.
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