Walt Disney Animation Studios has been touring an ambitious new film in the last few months. The first ever virtual-reality short film Cycles has been making its way around the country to great fanfare. It recently had a showing at the Sundance Film Festival where it was revealed that Disney has already given the greenlight to their next VR based project.
The new film Cycles is a groundbreaking step in animated filmmaking. The story of the life of a family is told in a virtual environment that the viewer experiences with the use of a VR headset. The film has been met with rave reviews for its heartfelt narrative expressed with state-of-the-art technology. The film’s director, Jeff Gipson will also helm the untitled new project using VR technology.
While virtual reality as an entertainment form is still somewhat in its infancy, the step by a major company like Disney to push the development bodes well for its future. Disney has made it’s upcoming Disney+ streaming service a main focus for the next year, but this move shows that they are aren’t singularly focused. Earlier this year the company unveiled a promotional Marvel VR game and was also the lead investor in virtual reality startup Jaunt VR. This also coincides with the impending acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney, as the company makes broad strides to expand and increase its offerings to audiences.
Details on the new VR short film have not yet been released. Cycles filmmakers have commented that they are being allowed to explore with Disney’s extensive lineup of past characters in the virtual reality setting. There is currently no public release plan for Cycles, as most VR projects developed by Disney are never even shown outside of the company. Hopefully, the announced project will be the next step in bringing this new entertainment medium to audiences soon.
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