Not everybody's happy

Nintendo Video already plays host to 3D cartoons from Aardman Animation and more, but next week sees Big Buck Bunny join the ranks in Europe.

The 10 minute short film will be split into three instalments, to be released one a week from 2nd May.

The original film has racked up millions of views online over the past four years, so Nintendo is hoping it'll be a big hit in portable 3D. Look out for it next week.


The first instalment from the exclusive partnership between the Blender Foundation and Nintendo set to launch on 2nd May

26th April 2012 – The groundbreaking open movie Big Buck Bunny is coming to Nintendo Video as part of a special partnership with the award-winning Blender Foundation, the organization behind the open source 3D content creation suite. European viewers will be able to watch the film in stereo 3D when it launches in three mini-instalments on Nintendo Video beginning 2nd May.

Big Buck Bunny is one of the Blender Foundation’s most well-known characters. The film follows the adventures of the lovable rabbit as he seeks revenge on a trio of mischievous woodland creatures who have disrupted his peaceful daily routine. The ten minute movie is inspired by the best cartoon traditions and encapsulates the exciting and suspenseful plots of its predecessors.

The movie is currently being recreated in Stereoscopic 3D by Studio Lumikuu in Finland, in cooperation with the Blender Foundation. Big Buck Bunny has received millions of online views since its release in 2008 – its popularity is due in large part to the detailed visuals and comical plot and characters. It has also been warmly received by the huge Blender 3D community which totals around 300,000.

Laurent Fischer, managing director of PR and marketing, Nintendo of Europe, said: "We are proud to be working with the Blender Foundation to bring the adventures of Big Buck Bunny to you as Nintendo Video content. The Stereoscopic 3D technology really helps to bring the characters to life on screen. Make sure you continue to check Nintendo Video on your Nintendo 3DS for further instalments of Big Buck and his friends.’

Ton Roosendaal, the Chairman of the Blender foundation, said: "As a Nintendo and Zelda fan I'm thrilled to see our work come to life on the Nintendo 3DS. Lumikuu have done a fantastic job, watching it in 3D was like seeing our own film for the first time again!

The first of the three part Big Buck Bunny 3D instalments launches on 2nd May exclusively for Nintendo Video – put the date in your diary now!