To celebrate its first VR Google Doodle, the internet giant dreams big with a charming animation charting illusionist and film director Georges Méliès, creator of early cinema classic Le Voyage dans la Lune.
Spicing up the search giant’s homepage since 1998, the Google Doodle has become something of a pop culture mainstay. Be it an educational animation or addictive mini-game, it has been a welcome bonus to our everyday searchings.
Today, Thursday May 3rd, Google has taken a departure from past Google Doodles with its very first VR adventure. And it’s a doozy.
The result of a collaboration between the Google Doodle, Google Arts & Culture and Google Spotlight Stories teams, plus The Cinematheque Francaise, today’s Doodle is a visual feast exploring the work of French cinema pioneer Georges Méliès, who is perhaps best known for Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon).
The Doodle, in the form of an interactive 360 degree Youtube video for those of us viewing in a browser, is available as a dedicated app for iOS and Anroid, and best enjoying through a VR headset such as Google’s Daydream or other 3rd party devices. Check it out in full below, and don’t forget to full screen it and click about to get the full effect.
Part of a larger effort on behalf of Google’s cultural teams, an in-depth (and utterly fascinating) online-exhibition charting Méliès life and work can be found on the Google Arts & Culture website. Also, if you’re looking for the ultimate time killer, here’s the Doodles Archive — something we never knew existed until now. You’re welcome.