Baobab Studios is showcasing two new animated virtual reality storytelling experiences at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and June’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival: a first look at Rainbow Crow, a new series collaboration with musician John Legend which debuted at Tribeca; and ASTEROIDS!, the highly anticipated sequel to the studio’s Emmy Award-winning VR title INVASION! which premiered at Sundance in January.
The first animated VR series inspired by a Native American legend, Rainbow Crow is about a bird with the most dazzling plumage and mellifluous voice, who, after the planet turns dark and cold, must journey far from home to bring light back to the world. Kiowa-Caddo tribal elder, Native American rights crusader and National Urban Indian Council founder Randy Edmonds narrates. The series is executive produced by musician, producer and activist John Legend, who also voices the Rainbow Crow. Rogue One star Diego Luna and Fresh off the Boat’s Constance Wu also lend their voices.
The lovable aliens Mac and Cheez return in ASTEROIDS!, in which viewers take on the role of a helper-bot to the extraterrestrial duo. Along with another robot sidekick, Peas, the fully immersive story takes the user along on a dangerous mission in deep space, where they get a chance to prove their worth when the ship is endangered by teeth-gnashing space-bugs and careening asteroids. Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks voices Cheez.