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New VR Comedy Film Premiering At Sundance

Giant turtle, Grigon, and the two headed dragon, Mega Hydra, in Kaiju Confidential

So this is an odd film to report on. Coming to the Sundance Film Festival there is a comedy monster movie that is premiering called Kaiju Confidential. This is a virtual reality (VR) movie that is being made by the studio, Shadow Machine. This is the same studio that animated shows like BoJack Horseman, Robot Chicken, and Moral Orel as well as working on Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio.

On the movie's Sundance page, the film's runtime is estimated to be only 5 minutes long, which is not a whole lot of time. Perhaps it's just a place holder? That much I do not know. However, we do know what the movie is about.

The Godzilla genre is flipped on its head when we get up close and personal with these towering animated monsters. Rampaging across a sprawling Japanese metropolis, destroying everything in their wake in epic fashion, their equally huge neuroses and insecurities take the bigger hit. Paul F. Tompkins and Blake Anderson voice one of the funniest VR series of the year.

In the video, Meet The Artist, writer, Thomas O'Donell, goes into more detail explaining that they explored ideas by asking questions like "why would Godzilla stomp on an oil tanker" or "why would Gamera vaporize a hospital?" and following it up with answers such as, "maybe he has seasonal affective disorder," or, "maybe his father does not give him enough respect at what he does for a living." From how it sounds the film is taking everything what we thought about giant monsters and humanizing them in an awkward way.

The video goes into other details such as the personalities of the monsters, Grigon and Mega Hydra, and how they drew inspiration from the old TOHO monster movies when producing the film. Sometimes you would be seeing from up high in the same height as these monsters and other times down low behind a building.

Like I said, this sounds kind of odd, but it also sounds kind of interesting. If it ever gets released outside of Sundance, then I will check it out. Hopefully, it isn't actually 5 minutes long. What do you think? Does this VR film peak your interest at all? Let me know in the comments in the comment section and make sure to follow me on my Facebook page and Twitter to stay up to date for more news, reviews, and discussions.


Studio website: Shadow Machine

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