Aardman Animations and Google ATAP’s Spotlight Stories have debuted their first original short, Special Delivery, a holiday film using Spotlight’s unique interactive storytelling experience that is viewable on the YouTube app on many Android devices. The short is directed by Aardman’s Tim Ruffle.
Not wanting anyone to miss this “Pink Panther” style caper, a YouTube 360 version is also available for other Androids, iOS devices and web viewers. Both versions are available on the Spotlight Stories YouTube Channel, and can be viewed on Google Cardboard.
Special Delivery centers on a humble caretaker who is surprised by a mysterious stranger causing mischief on the roof. Setting out to investigate, he can’t seem to catch a glimpse of the interloper. As the chase goes on from room to room, up and down, the stranger remains elusive — leaving only a trail of gifts for the caretaker to follow. Viewers follow the action at their own pace from whatever angle, unlocking mini-stories within the short. The producers have woven in 10 subplots, three potential endings and over 60 decision moments for viewers to create an individual story experience.