Baobab Studios Raises $25 Million in New Funding Round

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Original investors included Comcast Ventures, HTC and Samsung, but now join Horizons Ventures, Twentieth Century Fox, Evolution Media Partners (backed by TPG and CAA), China’s Shanghai Media Group, Youku Global Media Fund and LDV Partners.

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

VRScout

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.

VR Animation Startup Baobab Adds $25 Million

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They join the original investors, Comcast Ventures, HTC and Samsung. Fan previously worked at Zynga as a vice president while Darnell worked on the Madagascar films.

VR Experiences for Grandma and the Kids

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Narrated by Ethan Hawke and created by the director of Madagascar, INVASION! Download Within to watch: iOS • Android • Samsung Gear VR. Hoping to show off some VR experiences to your folks during the holidays?

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

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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.

AR+VR Weekly: Apple AR glasses, $13 Billion VR market in China & Oculus top hardware on Steam

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Samsung and BBH tap AR and ‘Family Guy‘ to demonstrate the wonders of smart appliances ( VentureBeat ). Oprah, John Legend voice ‘Madagascar’ director’s VR passion project, Crow: The Legend ( Reuters ).

Venture Capitalists Contemplate How Much Exuberance Is Good for VR Investing

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Above: Samsung’s Gear 360 and Gear VR headset. 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?

10 Best Virtual Reality 360° Short Films!

VeeR VR

Colorful VR animation from the director of Madagascar and narrated by Ethan Hawke. VeeR can be accessed using desktop, mobile app, and most VR headsets including Samsung Gear VR. 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.