A Kite’s Tale From Disney Brings New Meaning To The VR Short

A Kite’s Story directed by long-time Disney visible results artist Bruce Wright premiered at SIGGRAPH from the corporate’s Quick Circuit program.

I noticed the three and a half minute brief manufacturing as a part of the VR Theater on the laptop graphics convention in Los Angeles. A Kite’s Story will not be interactive nevertheless it pulls from that very same place as all Disney animation to guide your eye by your coronary heart and observe the characters round you in VR. The story additionally comes and goes so shortly that I’ll be trying ahead to a second viewing to think about it extra totally.

A Kite’s Story: Hand-Drawn Animation In VR

Floating up among the many clouds you meet two kites — one an excellent large purple and orange dragon and the opposite a small pet. Hand-drawn frames (scanned into the pc and proven on the kite as animation) convey a lot of the dog-kite’s character. Up within the sky, the pup bounces round with pleasure because it tries making pals with the dragon. The dragon practically disappears into the skies, although, when the 2 grow to be entangled.

I’m glad Disney’s Quick Circuit program exists so work like that is doable. The VR market proper now’s a tough, unforgiving place and experimental groups like Oculus Story Studios are however recollections. Builders like these at The Museum of Different Realities are working to collect collectively and pay VR artists for his or her work who may not in any other case be supported, however there’s little else to assist the VR artists working outdoors of typical interplay design and product launch cycles.

That’s the place A Kite’s Story flies — just a few minutes lengthy and non-interactive — it’s as fragile and able to fail as something could possibly be within the VR house. As an alternative, the mission meshes collectively the previous and new of Disney paintings and ingenuity and delivers a number of vast smiles with its transient little bundle taking to the skies.

There’s no plan proper now to launch A Kite’s Story publicly however I’m hopeful headset house owners at dwelling will get the prospect to spend a number of moments among the many clouds with these Disney kites sometime.