Baobab Studios’ Invasion! is one of VR’s cutesiest and more
pleasant experiences, but that wasn’t always the case.
Originally, the short film killed off its fluffy bunny
Baobab CEO Maureen Fan revealed this interesting little factoid
when speaking in a PlayStation VR (PSVR) panel on Sony’s E3
livestream yesterday. Talking about keeping audiences
comfortable in VR, Fan explained that a mother had had an
interesting reaction to the piece at its first showing at an
event years ago.
You can watch Fan talk about it around the 5:47:30 mark.
“Our first version we killed off the bunny,” Fan said, “because
we didn’t have enough time to animate it, so we just came up
with this solution like “Oh it’ll be so funny with the dark
In Invasion! audiences find themselves on a frozen lake. A
bunny approaches the audience shortly before you’re visited by
aliens from outer space. Though at first threatening, they turn
out to be a little too clumsy for their own good.
When the mother took the headset off, she told Baobab she’d
loved the experience, but she would never show her daughter
because VR’s isolation makes it too traumatic. There wouldn’t
be anyone to comfort her during the darker events in the story,
and that made the mother cautious.
“The good thing is in the final version we…