With just one day to go before the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) gets underway, virtual reality (VR) companies are starting to reveal just what they’ll be showing off at the event from 6th – 9th January. One such company is indie animation studio Reel FX, the team that worked on the Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot VR experience seen last year. This week the studio is debuting one of its first new VR projects since it announced the formation of a new division, Reel FX VR. That project is based around the company’s own popular 2014 animated movie, The Book of Life.
The company revealed as much in a recent Facebook post, noting that its project will be on display using the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and running on Dell Alienware PCs. “The CES Show in Las Vegas kicks off TOMORROW and #ReelFX will be showing our newest Oculus VR experience running on Dell Alienware desktops!” the post reads. “The VR experience takes participants on a fantastic journey into our Golden Globe Nominated animated feature film Book Of Life!!” No other details about the experience itself were reveal.
The Book of Life is a musical comedy that stars the likes of Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum and Diego Luna. It centres around three friends named Manolo, Joaquin and Maria. Recently the movie was announced as one of the nominees for the upcoming 2015 Golden Globe awards, appearing in the Best Animated Feature Film category. Just how the title has been adapted into a VR experience will become clear tomorrow as CES opens its doors for the first time.
VRFocus is at CES 2015 and will be bringing you all of the latest updates on all VR hardware and software. Check back throughout the week for any further updates on what’s on offer.