Baobab Studios, the team behind titles including Asteroids!, Invasion! and Crow: The Legend announced its fairytale animation Baba Yaga earlier this year, initially with a multiplatform release slated for 2020. With the launch of a debut teaser trailer, Baba Yaga has now been confirmed for next year on Oculus Quest.
Baba Yaga is a contemporary portrayal of the Eastern European legend, offering up a mixture of 2D pop-up animation, as well as hand-drawn and stop-motion styles for a visually unique short.
Viewers become the main character in this reimagined tale, who alongside their sister, decide to venture into the enchanted rainforest to help save their mother who becomes deathly ill. However, the forest is the domain of Baba Yaga, a witch who is sometimes a force for evil, sometimes a force for good, using her powers to halt the villager’s encroachment into her domain.
Offering up interactive elements, Baba Yaga allows you to make decisions in this short film which explores themes including empowerment and environmentalism.
It’s also got a star-studded cast with Oscar winner Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic) starring as Baba Yaga, Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Ophelia) as Magda, Oscar and three-time Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls, Respect) as the enchanted forest, and three-time Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Glenn Close (The Wife, Albert Nobbs) as the mother. Whilst Baobab Studios co-founder Eric Darnell (Madagascar, Antz) writes and directs.
Baba Yaga is part of the Raindance Immersive 2020 festival which began this week and runs until 15th November 2020. The title will now be available exclusively on Oculus Quest early 2021. For further updates on Baobab Studios’ projects keep reading VRFocus.