Google’s first-ever 360 degree doodle honours French filmmaker Georges Méliès

Anyone visiting the Google homepage today would find an unusual doodle with a white moon-like play button popping out, begging to be played. Click and you will be presented with a YouTube player that brings the strange character, French filmmaker Georges Méliès, welcoming you to his creations to life in a beautifully animated first- ever Virtual Reality (VR) or 360 degree interactive doodle.

The two minute doodle honours the life and artistry of French illusionist and film director Georges Méliès. The interactive doodle was created by The Google Doodle, Google Spotlight Stories, Google Arts & Culture,and Cinémathèque Française team. The film has been produced by Nexus Studios.

Georges Méliès is known for pioneering special effects and narrative film techniques during the early days of cinema. The doodle feels like it has been visualised in line with what the illusionist once said, “My friends, I address you all tonight as you truly are; wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, magicians… Come and dream with me.”