Baobab Studios Raises $25 Million in New Funding Round

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Darnell is best known for his director and screenwriter credits on all four films in the DreamWorks Madagascar franchise, and also known for his work on The Penguins of Madagascar (2014) and Antz (1998).

Oculus Artist’s ‘Quill’ Shorts Show the Incredible Potential of Illustrating & Animating in VR

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Formerly a visual development artist at Dreamworks, Goro Fujita is a talented artist in his own right, with his name in the credits of films like Megamind (2010) , Madagascar 3 (2012) , Penguins of Madagascar (2014) , and Boss Baby (2017).

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Baobab’s ‘Asteroids!’ VR Short Film Now Available


The adorable animated VR short, from the director of Madagascar, delighted audiences last year with a colorful showcase of characters and an engaging plot narrated by Ethan Hawke. Actor Elizabeth Banks and YouTube Creator Ingrid Nilson join the cast in this ‘INVASION’ sequel.

DreamWorks Bringing Kung Fu Panda and Shrek to VR


The content available included a twenty year retrospective piece on the studio, another for their recent release of Home , and the last being an interactive experience for Penguins of Madagascar. These iconic DreamWorks characters will be coming to a VR headset near you.

VR Short Film ‘Asteroids!’ from Baobab Studios Now Available

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From the director of the Madagascar franchise, the full 11-minute cut continues the journey of aliens Mac and Cheez (and robot sidekick Peas) on their deep space mission. Interactive VR short film Asteroids! , the follow-up to Emmy award-winning VR short Invasion!

Baobab’s ‘Invasion’ Has Reportedly Been Downloaded ‘Well Over 1 Million’ Times


Fan was most recently the vice president of games at Zynga before starting Baobab with Madagascar and Antz director Eric Darnell. Baobab’s adorable virtual reality animated short Invasion has reportedly been downloaded over 1 million times according to co-founder Maureen Fan.

HTC Vive and Viveport are bringing some of my favorite VR experiences to Sundance.

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Headed by veterans from Pixar and DreamWorks Animation, including “Madagascar” writer-director Eric Darnell.

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Actress Elizabeth Banks Brings Pedigree To VR Animation ASTEROIDS!


directed by the same person responsible for Madagascar and narrated by Ethan Hawke. While we may be a ways off from having full length virtual reality or 360-degree feature films and even further than that from having them debut in movie theaters in some way, that isn’t stopping big names from getting behind the formats.

Top VR 360 Movies on YouTube


Sneak Peek 360 From the Director of Madagascar comes an enchanting new VR experience: Invasion! Google started adding 360-degree movies back in early 2015. Their collection continues to grow, here are some of my favorites I've found.

John Legend Partners with Baobab Studios for VR Series ‘Rainbow Crow’


and ASTEROIDS! , Rainbow Crow is directed by Eric Darnell, Co-Founder and CCO of Baobab (who also wrote and directed the Madagascar franchise).

ASTEROIDS! is a Playful Act of Intergalactic Compassion


transitioned to VR from Hollywood, where he directed movies like Antz and the Madagascar franchise.

Preview: John Legend Lends Voice to Baobab’s Latest VR Flick, ‘Rainbow Crow’

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both of which are helmed by CCO Eric Darnell who is known for writing and directing four Madagascar films and directing Antz (1998). John Legend is coming to VR. News of the multi-talented artist’s involvement in Baobab Studios’ latest, Rainbow Crow , spread last week.

Sundance Is Bringing 20 VR Experiences to New Frontier


Artist: Eric Darnell) — From the director of Madagascar comes Baobab’s VR animation. It’s that time of the year again and Sundance Film Festival has announced their 2017 lineup for the New Frontier Exhibitions.

Invasion! VR Feature becomes a Hollywood Production


The director of the “Madagascar” series of animated films, Eric Darnell , and the veteran Hollywood producer Joe Roth are changing that. VR is mostly used in gaming and virtual reality simulations. But what if that can change?

10 Best Virtual Reality 360° Short Films!


Colorful VR animation from the director of Madagascar and narrated by Ethan Hawke. Virtual Reality (VR) film has seen tremendous growth recently. The technology presents endless possibilities for the entertainment industry. There was the fear that this new medium will not be popular for 1) costly production and 2) the technology is not mature. However, with the advance of camera, software and VR headset, the market seems to be adapting pretty well so far.

Venture Capitalists Contemplate How Much Exuberance Is Good for VR Investing


To me, that seems like an investment in one particular person, the guy who made Madagascar. You expect the guy who made Madagascar to be able to do something good. Is virtual reality a bubble? That’s a common question in a number of panels I’ve covered in the past year.