Last Saturday, Baobab Studios celebrated the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of its animated virtual reality series Rainbow Crow. Special guests at the party included executive producer and voice of the title character, John Legend, as well as the narrator of the series, Kiowa-Caddo tribal elder, Randy Edmonds, an 82-year-old lifelong crusader for Native American rights and founder of the National Urban Indian Council.
Based on a Lenape legend, Rainbow Crow features music by John Legend and tells the story of a bird with dazzling colorful feathers and a sweet, melodic voice who, when winter comes, must save his animal friends from danger.
Visitors to Tribeca’s Virtual Arcade can strap on a pair of VR goggles and dive into the magical watercolor forest of the series’ first episode. Living in this immersive carefree world are two friends: Moth (voiced by Diego Luna) and Skunk (Constance Wu). Diego lends some Latino flair to the adorable, fluttery moth by inserting Spanish words into the dialogue. Moth calls Skunk his amigo and yells out “guácala!” when chomping on some nasty-tasting leaves. Viewers also learn that Moth and Skunk are both Rainbow Crow’s companions helping him along his journey to save the forest in the forthcoming episodes.
Helmed by Eric Darnell, best known as the director and writer of all four films in DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar franchise, Rainbow Crow‘s launch date hasn’t yet been announced.