Baobab Studios is one busy studio of late. Having just released the first part of its musical animation Paper Birds for Oculus Quest, it’s now been revealed the team are working on a new project for 2021 called Namoo.
First reported by Deadline, the virtual reality (VR) animation is being directed and written by Erick Oh (Heart, How to Eat Your Apple). The studio is utilising Oculus’ Quill for the project with hand-painted characters and environments.
Namoo is the Korean word for “tree”, with the narrative taking viewers on a journey through a man’s life, from budding artist to grandfather, celebrating his tree of life.
“Erick Oh is an exciting, emerging director in animation, and from the moment he first shared his vision of Namoo with us, we knew we wanted to work with him. His wondrous artistic sensibilities are a natural fit for what we do at Baobab in that he crafts deeply personal films which connect with viewers both emotionally and universally,” said Maureen Fan, co-founder and CEO of Baobab Studios to Deadline. “We are very proud of Namoo and look forward to sharing it with audiences very soon.”
“Baobab Studios is a great place to make films because they are willing to push boundaries in the name of art. I think that is why their films resonate so well with audiences and critics alike,” said Oh. “Making Namoo was a joy because they were true collaborators who listened and gave me creative freedom to achieve my vision for the film.”
If you love VR animation then this isn’t the only film to look forward to from Baobab Studios. The second part of Paper Birds is due for release next year and so is Baba Yaga, another Oculus Quest title. Both feature well-known actors voicing roles, Jojo Rabbit star Archie Yates is in Paper Birds whilst Baba Yaga has an all-star female cast including Kate Winslet, Daisy Ridley, Jennifer Hudson and Glenn Close.
Namoo is slated to release for Oculus platforms in 2021. As further details are shared, VRFocus will keep you updated.