Baobab Studios, the well-funded vr animation startup founded by Madagascar and Antz co-director Eric Darnell and Zynga exec Maureen Fan, has announced its first episodic virtual reality series, Rainbow Crow. The first episode will premiere next week at the Tribeca Film Festival.
John Legend will voice the title character, as well as serve as executive producer on the project. “Rainbow Crow brings storytelling and music together in a way no one else has yet in virtual reality,” Legend said in a statement. “It’s an incredible medium for inspiring a journey of self-discovery and finding your way in times to darkness. In light of what’s going on in today’s world, it’s a message of deep meaning that people from all walks of life can embrace.”
Inspired by Native American folklore, the story is follows 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.” Eric Darnell is directing the project. No public release date has been set for the series, and the number of episodes is not yet determined though the final project will be featurette-length.