Award-winning creative, production and special venue company, Super 78 Studios, is celebrating the opening if its latest attraction, The SpongeBob SubPants Adventure, at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas.
Using groundbreaking technology, the immersive character experience propels visitors on an action-packed submarine voyage to Bikini Bottom where they can enjoy live, one-to-one conversations with Patrick Star.
This level of interaction was made possible via Geppetto™, Super 78’s custom-designed “digital puppetry” animation control system. Geppetto™ equips a virtual actor – or “vactor” – with a game controller and enormous touch-screen to bring the 3D-rendered Patrick to life in realtime. The vactor speaks in Patrick’s voice and makes him walk, dance, flail his arms, wag his tongue, and move in almost any conceivable way.
The immersive experience is further intensified with a variety of 4D effects including the smell of roasting marshmallows, a shower of magical bubbles, vibrating seats and a real beach ball bouncing around the sub’s interior. Super 78 were able to road-test all aspects of the guest experience using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset via their Mushroom VR™ “pre-experience” tool.
"We are really honoured to apply all of our creative and technical skills to making a ‘world’s first’ attraction starring the most famous and beloved sea creatures on earth, " commented Brent Young, Super 78's Creative Director.
The SpongeBob SubPants Adventure continues Super 78’s creative partnership with Nickelodeon. Previous projects include Dora & Diego’s 4D Adventure: Catch That Robot Butterfly! and SpongeBob SquarePants 4D:The Great Jelly Rescue.
"It has been a fantastic adventure bringing the world of SpongeBob to this new level of engagement at Moody Gardens, " said Young.