Felix and Paul Studios, Oculus in collaboration with Funny or Die
In the first long-form scripted virtual reality film, viewers are brought to 1980s suburban America and take on the life of Miyubi, a robot given to a boy as a birthday present from his dad who has returned from a trip to Japan. A dramedy offering poignant social commentary, the plot progresses in quick episodic chapters filled with pop culture references that end with Miyubi rebooting each time. An exploration of what it’s like to become obsolete in society through the eyes of a robot, the film also puts us in the middle of a dysfunctional family where everyone has their own struggles. A rich 40-minute immersive experience, “Miyubi” is exemplary of where VR is heading and where it should be going.