Patrick Osborne’s new Google Spotlight Story, “Pearl” – Animation Scoop

Patrick Osborne’s new Google Spotlight Story, “Pearl”

I’m excited to share the news that Academy Award-winning director Patrick Osborne’s new Google Spotlight Story, Pearl, has officially launched this morning at Google I/O!

In addition to premiering today on YouTube (via Android) in the Spotlight Stories channel, Pearl is also available on iOS in the Google Spotlight Stories app –and all are compatible with Google Cardboard.

Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down, their power to carry love…and finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.

The short is anchored by the original song, “No Wrong Way Home,” written by Alexis Harte & JJ Wiesler and performed by Kelley Stoltz and Nicki Bluhm. Produced with Evil Eye Pictures, Pearl breaks new ground for Spotlight Stories in both storytelling and technology, with the most amount of shots, sets, and characters, along with custom lighting, effects and interactive surround sound in every shot.


In addition to Pearl launching this week, Shannon Tindle’s On Ice and Aardman’s Special Delivery will also be added to the Google Spotlight Stories app, so all stories will now be available across both Android and iOS.

Jerry Beck

Jerry Beck

Writer, cartoon producer and author of more than 15 books on animation history. A former studio exec with Nickelodeon and Disney; currently on the faculty at both CalArts in Valencia and Woodbury University in Burbank.
Jerry Beck
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