On Tuesday, almost half a year after debuting its first four-minute virtual reality experience, “Lost,” at Sundance, Oculus Story Studio introduced the star of its second project: a hedgehog named Henry, on its blog. Henry loves birthdays and balloons and friends, but his spikes make contact impossible and he only scares potential companions away.
Watch: Teaser for ‘Henry,’ Second Virtual Reality Film from Oculus
Watch: Teaser for 'Henry,' Second Virtual Reality Film from Oculus
“Henry” is directed by Pixar veteran Ramiro Lopez Dau (“Brave,” “Monsters University”), and the character was co-created by production designer Kendal Cronkhite (“Madagascar,” “James and the Giant Peach”) and character artist Bernard Haux (“Brave,” “Toy Story 3,” “Up”). These animation pros discuss Henry’s social struggles in the teaser above. “[Henry is] really the first character in virtual reality,” said producer Edward Saatchi. “We’ve noticed that he’s starting to feel more like a friend. I want to hug him.”
“Henry” will debut at a premiere event on July 28, and will be available for free to all Rift owners when the Rift ships in Q1 2016.