26 th 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 2 nd 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 2 nd May exclusively for Nintendo Video – put the date in your diary now!


Notes to editors

Nintendo 3DS offers Parental Controls so that parents can control the level of 3D their children can view on the Nintendo 3DS as well as the content they can access. Nintendo 3DS also features a 3D depth slider which lets players turn off or adjust the level of 3D they want on the 3D Screen, two built-in screens for different functionality, a Circle Pad which provides a full 360 degrees of direction, a built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor. It is equipped with three cameras (two of which are facing outwards to allow the taking of 3D pictures and video), houses a 2GB SD Memory Card and is compatible with AR Cards which come packaged with Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo 3DS is also compatible with most existing Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games, which can be played in 2D on your Nintendo 3DS system.

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