Henry the Hedgehog in Virtual Reality

June 3, 2015

You cannot have a fully immersive experience without donning those geeky 3D glasses at the cinema these days. But what would it be like if everyone had VR headsets strapped on to their heads? 

Spawned by the creators of the Oculus Rift, its storytelling division Oculus Story Studio has announced it will be premiering its second VR animation this summer. Titled Henry, it will first be released in Hollywood on July 26, with a feel-good storyline centered on the life and times of a loveable Hedgehog, cast in virtual reality.   

Henry is directed by animation buff Ramiro Lopez Dau, who has made a name for himself in the industry in being credited for stellar work on Pixar films Monsters University as well as Brave.

Click here to watch a 2 minute trailer, or check out this microsite that’ll introduce you to the prickly-but-cute Henry.  

As a test-drive of sorts, the idea is to explore a new, unexplored territory of storytelling in VR mode and, as mentioned on their blog, “inspire and educate virtual reality creators and filmmakers everywhere”.

While the technology is still in its embryonic form, it won’t be too long before it catches on in the mainstream. In the meanwhile, the movie will be offered free of charge to all lucky Oculus Rift owners in the latter part of 2015. 

by Ghassan Khayyat
Ghassan was tuned into the writing world on a transistor radio-wave of an unbeknownst frequency, once upon a daydream dreary. With a firm belief in Dr. Seussims and all things gadget and gizmo-tronic, he tinkers before he speaks, and chooses his words technologically. He is Editor for T3 Middle East’s Levant English publication and English website, and Associated Editor for the GCC English publication. Reach him at ghassan@t3me.com.