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Jorge Gutiérrez Wrestles with the Limitations of Virtual Reality in ‘Son of Jaguar’

Google Spotlight Stories teams with Reel FX to debut new VR short that builds on the Mexican director’s past work from ‘El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rodriguez’ and ‘The Book of Life.’

Google Spotlight Stories’ latest virtual reality short, Son of Jaguar, rolled out this week on Google’s new Pixel 2 phone. A version for Google Daydream and Steam for HTC Vive will be available by the end of the month and, later this year, it will be released on the Google Spotlight Stories app on Android and iOS.

First introduced at Annecy 2017, Son of Jaguar had its world premiere at Cuernavaca, Mexico’s Pixelatl Festival and was on view both at SIGGRAPH 2017 and during this past weekend’s ANIMATION IS FILM Festival. Director Jorge Gutiérrez and the rest of Google Spotlight Stories team will also be presenting a making-of the VR short along with demos at the CTN Expo in November.

The eight-minute first-person narrative thrusts the viewer into the central role in a Mexican wrestling-themed animated short that builds on the director’s past work from El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rodriguez (2007) and The Book of Life (2014), both of which earned the director Annie Awards for character design. For his first foray into virtual reality, Gutiérrez re-teamed with Dallas, TX-based animation studio Reel FX, reuniting with the crew from The Book of Life, including art director Paul Sullivan and character designer Sandra Equihua, as well as the Reel FX animation production team.

Full story published here: https://www.awn.com/animationworld/jorge-guti-rrez-wrestles-limitations-virtual-reality-son-jaguar

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