Google Has First 'VR Doodle' On Home Page, Honoring Filmmaker Georges Melies

Jump into the quirky Doodle with your own VR equipment. 


At some point today, you'll probably be on the Google home page. If you take a moment to check it out, you'll be met with a doodle of a man in a suit. If you click it, you'll be brought to a film all about Georges Méliès, a French filmmaker whose creations have been brought to life as part of Google's first ever VR Doodle. The film, Back to the Moon, is a part of the Spotlight Stories app, which you can view with either Google Daydream or Cardboard headsets (or higher-end hardware if you have it).

If the name sounds familiar, you might recognize it from 1902's A Trip to the Moon, the very same film referenced in Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight" video. Yes, it's creepy. But it's also massively popular, and this Google Doodle really brings the filmmaker's somewhat diabolical and bizarre worlds to life.

It's an example of "immersive viewing," as it takes you into the world of Méliès' creations in a very cool way. With a score by Mathieu Alvado, it's a combination of the very best parts of filmmaking as well as music inspired by ragtime music.

If you have a moment while cruising around online, give the Doodle a look and check it out. A lot of work went into this one, and you might come out with a newfound appreciation of the filmmaker, especially if you experience it in VR.

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