Big Buck Bunny Now Online!!

Just a little over two years after the release of Elephants Dream, the Blender Institute have today released their second phenomenal accomplishment: Big Buck Bunny. Aimed at further developing Blender by providing it with great new animation tools and high-end fur rendering (both available in the recently released Blender 2.46), it will undoubtably put both Blender and Open Source in general on the radar of more 3D hobbyists and professionals around the world.

You will find in-depth information about the project on their new website www.bigbuckbunny.org, and more importantly, you can download both the full version of the movie in HD quality and all the production files right now!

To everyone involved: respect!


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  • Dusty

    yay!

  • Dusty

    This is going to take a while! As predicted EVERYONE is trying to access this. LOL.

  • http://www.blendernation.com Bart

    Do a shift-refresh to see our new header ;)

  • http://www.freezingmoon.org Dread Knight

    Just seen it, it’s GREAT! (it relates to Rambo xD )
    Wooo hooo!

  • http://www.uggibuggi.de uggibuggi

    Just watched it, and it’s damn good.

    Congratulations to everyone involved, this is a milestone for blender.

  • Spinnacre

    Its out! Its out! Its out! Cingratulations to everyone involved!

  • Chris

    Wow! MUCH better than Elephants Dream. Head and shoulders above it. Qualifies amongst the best pixar short films in it’s wit and clever gags. Loved it!

  • forkz

    OMG! Its pretty slow :P

    I couldnt even connect to the german mirror, and the italian is 23.9 KB/sec…
    /me wonders how many is leeching by now :P

  • samnes

    Congratulations!

  • http://www.ubuntu.com Socceroos

    A hearty congratulations to everyone involved. You too Bart, thanks for the news!

    I’m very impressed with what the fellows at the Blender Institute at Amsterdam have been able to achieve – especially the new features!!!

    Massive, massive achievement. Amazing stuff.

  • Dusty

    Love the header!

  • Tony

    Great news. And nice to see you back around these parts, Bart!

  • http://www.venomgfx.com.ar venomgfx

    Production Files ready! (can edit the post now : )

    Download the torrent:
    http://download.blender.org/peach/bigbuckbunny_production.torrent

    or browse through the production files tree at GraphicAll.org
    http://graphicall.org/bbb

  • Andrew

    Whoa blender.org just went down then went back up again.
    Everyone wants a piece of BBB :D

    A really really big thankyou to the developers for putting Blender on the (professional) map.
    You have completely raised the bar on open source!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/ADEdge AD-Edge

    Awesome, ive seen it twice already (once at the adelaide SIGGRAPH presentation last night)
    But ill be downloading the movie and of course the production files, cant wait to see those.

    Good to see you back for this article Bart, its a good moment in Blenders history.

    Blender rocks.

  • http://www.creaturefeature.info/ Ataru

    NICE! I love it! Extremely well animated; I’m impressed with the fur and the water… man, what was the rendering time on that field? Sheesh. That’s amazing…

    The musical score is very cool, too… haha, I really like the butterfly’s theme…

    Oh man, I just can’t explain how much I like this… the quality is intense…

    I feel sorry for the little butterflies… the evil creatures who hurt them… good goin’, Bunny Boy! :-D

    Why do that bunny’s facial expressions remind me of Nathan?

    The focal blur on that falling piece of fruit was incredible…

    The animation of the leaves was amazing…

    Even the credits are extremely funny and entertaining… I like the butterfly that lands on Ton’s name… somebody did well to arrange for that. :-D

    The little chinchilla is so funny when he runs… he keeps leaning further and further backward until he’s almost falling over… I feel sorry for him… wasn’t really a bad sort…

    All in all… I loved it… I’m speechless… not as good as Elephants Dream (nothing could be… I am SUCH an Elephants Dream nut) but EXTREMELY good nonetheless. Awesome, awesome, awesome… five stars…

  • http://www.creaturefeature.info/ Ataru

    BTW, hi Bart! Guess you couldn’t help but come back for this, huh? *happy grin*

    The header is so sweet… long live Big Buck Bunny!

  • sfepa

    great!!!

  • EagleWing

    Just wanted to say: the best movie yet!!! I was so amazed with it that I gathered around the whole family and we watched it twice in a row! Movies like this are going to give blender lots of good attention.
    PS: I also have to say that I like the new file structure (Compared to Elephants Dreams).

  • http://zeirus.wordpress.com Zeirus

    Great! :D

  • http://redbirdiii.blogspot.com RedBirdiii

    I’m weird!!
    Just thought about downloading Production Files of ‘Elephants Dream’ and the page is down!
    http://xseed.bowiestate.edu/ED/production/

  • Unsettlingsilence

    Wow! Really good work. The short is excellent. It has some nice laughs. The tools produced for it are amazing and have changed my artwork. Mad props to all the production team. Great work!

  • mutze

    After seeing the movie I understand why Nathan made the movie with him jumping jump rope :-)

  • http://gustavthemushroom.deviantart.com GustavTheMushroom

    Im going to download and then torrent the file using the torrent file on the site. XD

    Its gonna be awesome….

  • Quorn

    Simply superb. Excellent work guys. Love it

  • Irowebot

    Fantastic Job! I loved every frame! Im downloading now to spread the love that is Big Buck Bunny! and Blender.

  • Matro

    Ton and BBB crew very well done.

    I think that the Blender Institute is really on to something, with the current project improvement pipeline to see what the needs of the artist are and then making changes to the code so the Artist can focus on the creation. It started first with improvements for Animation and now adding Game creation, I can only guess that Live action to CG will be added to the next project, filling out Blender as one of the Best DCC tools available and always getting better.

    Thank you

  • http://applegrew.blogspot.com AppleGrew

    Mine is still downloading. The file seems to be over 700MB. What is the running time of the film?

  • tulip

    niice!!

    imho story-wise way better than the overly serious and arty, not to say pretentious, elephants dream.

    the animation is just stellar. 5 thumbs up from alpha centauri!

    btw: there’s a digg article waiting to be dugg up. spread the word!

  • http://www.bigfatinsitute.org bigfatbrain

    Brilliant! I’m very impressed with the comic timing and characterization. Fantastic work!

  • A Blenderer

    About 50 MB into the download for 720 res version I got this message from the USA mirror:

    “Service Temporarily Unavailable

    The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.”

    I guess I’ll do that. Looks like we’ve put quite a load on it!

  • Ali

    Really nice, congrats for everyone (still not sure which format I should download)

  • Sven

    What a cool movie :D, it was great!
    Now I have that soundtrack in my head all the time… Does someone know whether there’s a ‘pure’ soundtrack as well? :D

  • http://www.kube-design.com Olivier Belery

    Awesome ! Just awesome !

    That’s a big step towards imposing Blender in the professionnal world !

    Character & world creation, modeling and animation is just so well done ! Very professionnal ! Respect !

  • http://www.slazinski.pl mallow

    Great work! Very funny and well made. Awsum graphics and animation. One thing could be better, though. Few scenes could have been a little bit shorter for a better rythm and dynamism.
    Congratulations to the entire BBB team :-)

  • http://www.nexusomega.com Moose

    Has anyone chucked this up onto Digg yet? If not, please do!

  • VanPelt

    Yay! Congratulations and lots of thanks to the folks at the BBB team!

  • drew

    This got posted like 2 hours before the DVD got delivered…sometimes being across the pond is sad. The few moments I’ve snuck watching during work are totally worth it, though. Awesome!

  • http://finalglide.blogspot.com Martin

    Superb! I’m hoping to rummage the files to see just what it takes to do some of those things.

  • rpgsimmaster
  • http://www.hamsterking.com JoOngle

    **TOTAL RESPECT!**

    You guys HAVE to watch it in Full HD, the lower resolutions didn’t do the work full justice.
    I had to watch it *5* times in a row just because it was that dauntingly pleasing to watch.

    I bet this could come out together with Elephants Dream as a Blu-Ray and become “THE”
    Demo-CD to Demo HD-Tv’s and Blu-Ray players in the stores, simply because I’ve never
    seen such a clean noise-free computer animation on ANY Blu-Ray disc yet. Amazing stuff.

  • Anthony, Ireland.

    Gorgeous.

  • http://www.sfinksfilms.com Dane

    oh yay i just cant wait to watch it :-)

  • jacques

    Love it! Bravo to everyone who worked on this.

    Also, what a great music!!!! Bravo Mr Morgenstern!

  • spacestrudel

    Great!!!!!!
    Downloading torrent right now and can’t wait to see it!!!

  • Charon

    Seen it and love it. Complete story line with lot of actions. Congrats!

    Such great work should be put into my 3D short movie collection.

    Cheers!

  • BlenderLovingSquirrel2

    YIPPIEDOO!

  • Moxab

    Might I say, this is such an improvement from Elephants Dream, in just 2 years! Praise to BBB for its incredible character animation, fluid sim, and score! I’m so happy !

    I love how Morgenstern made more than one theme on this one. Really nice

  • temujin143

    It was a great eye candy but I thought the story could have used more work. I like the flow of Elephant’s Dream better.

    Anyway, this is about showcasing Blender’s capability and the visual quality of the film is fantastic.

  • Tom

    A. Maz. Ing!

    Can’t wait to check out the files and maybe learn a little, if I don’t get lost is the lot.

  • http://digipintura.blogspot.com nash88

    Congratulations for the release BBB movie, and the movie was awesome. I hope more movies to come.

    I’d notice that the bigbuck bunny site down? It says “500 Internal Server Error”? Why was that?

  • http://www.quantumanomaly.com Quantum Anomaly

    The DVD was waiting for me in my mailbox when I got home last night. I watched it over dinner. Man, I have not seen such a great short, 3D or otherwise in a long time! I was not prepared for how funny it was. The extra scene after the credits really caught me off guard – I was sipping a drink at the time and nearly choked!

    Seriously, this is amazing. I’ve been watching it over and over. I still have a few DVD extras to explore.
    Respect and admiration to all on the Peach team!

  • bjzaba

    Some of the bunny’s poses seemed odd and awquard…. and the last scene was unpleasant… but overall it was great! Awesome work guys!

  • http://e2-productions.com/ Dion Moult

    Yes I loved the extra after the credits! Hilarious!

    Congratulations! Though now I’m getting 500 Internal Server Errors when i try to access BBB.

  • luisguzman,Guatemala

    Great Job, Excelente trabajo amigos, I’m very impressed!!! I love Blender!!!

  • Gryphon

    I have to say that the *spoiler* killing of those butterflies was horribly gut-wrenching. I usually don’t mind violence in entertainment, but that made me feel awful. Fortunately, it wasn’t enough to spoil the rest of the story… but I think I’ll warn my family before I play it for them.

    On a positive note, I’m going to have to watch it a hundred more times… I downloaded all three resolutions in two different formats, and I even have it on my iPod. It’s excellent, from start to finish, visually, audibly and conceptually. I can’t say enough to praise the team. Congrats guys, and thank you!

    [My spoiler text should be white; you can select it with your cursor to view it, if you really want. If I'm wrong, and the text is visible against the background, please remove my comment -- I don't want to spoil anything!!]

  • Gryphon

    Aggh, that didn’t work. Sorry!

  • Lasphere

    Yearh its a fantastic movie (got the DVD here, hah! :P) And now blender.org and bickbuckbunny.org is down, because the movie is SO GREAT! We all love your guys.!

  • Lasphere

    Btw, just like Sven, I would like to know if the soundtrack is pure bunny-made ? Coz I think I have heard somthing bit alike it before…:)

  • http://nolimits69.blogspot.com Sam

    I saw it! It’s awesome! Great job to everyone involved!
    I’m really wanting to download the production files, but the server seems to be down. :(

  • Banjax

    Can somebody pleas post the DVD to linuxtracker.org as the web site is down? Will there be a Dirac release?

  • dronix

    nice the server is down. I saw the movie earlier today. It was awesome. I’m buying the dvd on my next paycheck, hopefully there will be some left by then.

  • dronix

    server is back up. Oh man kudos to the team.

  • Master Danix

    I already saw the movie in youtube,it was awesome,now downloading the 720p movie through bittorrent

  • Petrik

    Sad but at the same time really funny. Love the shot (no pun intended) at the end of the credits.

    Hanging out for the DVD iso to see the documentaries and tutorials.

    As soon as I can get some cash in the bank (almost impossible with all the price hikes down under, New Zealand) I plan to dish out some financial support to the blender community in general by way of purchase of the Elephants Dream DVD (assume it’s still available for sale) and BBB and a donation to blenderunderground a site not to be missed and there seem to be a few other potentially good sites coming through. So much to see and so little time.

  • http://indiworks.wordpress.com/ indiworks

    This is of course a big achievement on the technical side of things and it seems that people like it and it should help with promoting blender – so well done…! As a movie I found Big Buck Bunny quite upsetting – it’s like if Tarantino decided to make a 3D movie. You just keep wondering: “Why…?”. I still love Elephants Dream and this is the one I’ll keep showing to people when I promote blender. To a certain extend this really is a matter of taste and should not be taken personally. Sorry that I can’t join this party… Enjoy the release!

  • marijn

    wow! It’s beautiful!

    btw. don’t yawn about slow servers, that’s why they invented torrents! i downloaded it with an average speed of 150 kb/s

  • http://gingermanpro.blogspot.com n00bhaxor

    The CG was amazing! an improvement from Elephant’s Dream. Weird ending.

  • chuzzy blue

    I LOVE BIG BUCK BUNNY

  • http://www.dnapixels.com AnyMation

    Great stuff! Well done!!

    Congrats – I really hope this opens MANY doors for Blender!

  • Zimbloggy

    so good…

  • RNS

    Beautiful work and I’m buying the dvd to support blender.

  • http://www.makesweet.com/ dalekbell

    The characters and scenes at http://graphicall.org/bbb/index.php are excellent, a lot of fun to play with. It is really wonderful to have access to these production files. Kudos to the team.

  • Anthoni_c

    Sabbatical eh? YOU CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMMUNITY AND YOU KNOW IT!!!! lol

  • http://nyquist.net/ John R. Nyquist

    Big Buck Bunny is great! I just got the DVD yesterday, there are two DVDs in the case with tons of extras (the live edit blend is cool). The outtakes are hilarious (my favorite is the last one)! I really liked the version where they show the animatic, the blocked animation, the view in blender and the final all simultaneously. My boy and I have already watched the movie several times. Great job!

  • Meltdown

    Sacha: finally, after a watch, you right*, the Rinky’s design works very well when he is animated. :)

    Congratulations again!

    bye

    *http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?t=121837

  • Bob

    Outstanding job! Kudos to the whole team! Also, as a second note: its very much easier (faster and lighter on the servers) to get this via torrent. Its a pity we couldn’t render a film like this in a torrent-like fashion.

    Bob

  • Malcolm

    Sorry. I didn’t liked it at all. I think the guys watched ‘For the birds’ a few times too much… The whole story isn’t original at all! It’s just a rip-off of the aforementioned short from Pixar. Replace the nasty sparrows by the 3 rodents and the main character with the rabbit and you’re done! Same story! Just in an utter vengeful version. Instead of the funny way that the sparrows punished themselves through their actions, the rabbit just takes vicious revenge – a bad role model! Also a complete character (the sparrow from the beginning) including facial expression and animation was simply copied!
    Elephants Dream instead was original art! Had much more sophisticated animations (esp. facial anims), had a lot of different scenes, had characters with voice roles, and it could inspire your fantasy!

    Malcolm

  • http://sespider.deviantart.com SEspider

    You Guys/Gals RULE ALL!!!

    Wish I had 2% of your skills.

    Dang my slow connection, it’s going to take 2+ hours to download. Even more if my conncetion drops out. :( Either way, I’m going to keep trying til I get it. ^_^

    Here’s a thread with suggestions to improve Blender:
    http://www.renderosity.com/mod/forumpro/showthread.php?thread_id=2741271

  • Morris

    congrtatulations, ive been waiting sooo long. I enjoyed it, but ED was definately more interesting. of course, depends on the audience, and this was catering to another audience or at least, another mood. children and old people will enjoy this one more than ED. but children and old people tend to no be that interested in ED. (statistically, no offense. I enjoyed both. 3 of 5 for BBB and 4 of 5 for ED and im expecting 3 of five for Durian too.) hehe. its all good, this is just the beginning.

  • pastorJohn

    Hooray!!! Excellent film! er, Excellent render!!! & excellent .avi! This is cool!

    Wonderful story, excellent work, and I am still giggling. You guys did a beautiful job, and I rate this a 100% all around! By the way, I LOVE short animations. Some of the best movies made ever are under 10 mins. I sometimes prefer the shorts at the beginning to the actual film. This ranks with the best I’ve seen.

    Thank you all for your wonderful work.

  • http://sespider.deviantart.com SEspider

    I’m in the process of coverting it to a Flash Video (SWF) because my processor sucks major chuncks. In fact, it’s amazing I can get Blender to work at all.

    Anyway, I was wondering if you guys would have any objection to me uploading it to my DeviantArt account (http://sespider.deviantart.com/) for all to see? I’ll add a simple (but info giving) preloader to it. I’ll also be happy to send the SWF file to you guys to post add to the Downloading page.

    I’ll of course give you guys FULL credit for the video and all. I just want everyone possible to see this and help promote the heck out of Blender. ^_^

    E-mail me your reply in case I miss it here.
    Oh, and I’m using Flash 8 (Flash CS3 is a pain)

    God Bless,
    Richard

  • Adam

    This was so much easier to follow than orange!! I love it! i lauged the most when i first saw the rodents throwing the nuts at the bunny because the chinchilla kept pulling nuts out of nowhere 1 by 1

  • http://www.cuby.co.nr Cuby

    Yeah that was a really awesome short film!!! 100 times better than Elephants Dream!

    I loved it.
    Congrats Peach Team on producing such a great short!

  • Jacob Randal

    This is so AWESOME!!! Why hasn’t Youtube decided to feature it?!! >:()

  • Cyrr

    Great movie. Thank you very much for motivating us Blender users and to inspire us, what we could do one day.
    I don’t know if you guys are now stressed and empty in your heads ;) *lol* but please continue this great work and hopefully we will have in 2009 another great work to marvel at.
    This movie is such a great way to show people not knowing Blender, what this software can do and how powerful it can be, if some creative and hard working people use it.

  • zin

    Lack of transparency

    I’d like to buy the DVD, but shipping price for world regions are not reported.

    I don’t want to pay 30 or more bucks for shipping, please be more clear about.

  • Sharkman

    For some reason I have problem with all my production files the faces of all the characters are all messed up and weird stuff like that.

    What can I do?

  • Wayne C Fox III

    to see something like this makes me even more proud to be a blender user
    this is simply beautyful and i got a chuckle or two out of it aswell

  • http://amdb.blip.tv amdbcg

    @Malcolm &Indiworks: I agree: great technical side of things – I like the way it looked – kudos to whoever did all those backgrounds, groundwork, and world scenes :)

    However, the story could have probably been polished a bit more, maybe of made it flow a bit better. It ALMOST worked, just a little slow and violent for my taste :)

    anyways, I know how much time the project peach team put into this, and ,regarding graphics, I’d like to say , Great job! – it made blender stand out THAT much more :) !
    a

  • http://melting.perso.orange.fr meltingman

    I find this short film beautiful and reminds me a little that studios “Blue Skye”> Rabbit.

    BIG BUG BUNNY is very funny and I loved the animation characters. That given my desire to make me a short film ..
    I show you the beginning: lol:

    http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=fvny2G2tVeU&feature=related

    Big up the rabbits and Bibis a whole team.
    Especially for Nathan , give me a good laugh in the videos (blog) ..
    I imagine it in the costume of the big rabbit in the film :lol:.

    Thank for all :-)

  • http://melting.perso.orange.fr meltingman

    I find this short film beautiful and reminds me a little that studios “Blue Skye”> Rabbit.

    BIG BUG BUNNY is very funny and I loved the animation characters. That given my desire to make me a short film ..
    I show you the beginning: lol:
    http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=fvny2G2tVeU&feature=related

    Big up the rabbits and Bibis a whole team.
    Especially for Nathan i imagine nathan in the costume of the big rabbit: lol:.

    Tank for all :-)

  • melon

    A W E S O M E!
    Especialy in hi-res.

  • servidora

    My daughter is 10 years. When she watched the video she said “This is not a bunny, it’s a person!!”
    :-)

    Congratulations… and thanks a lot! :-D

  • http://home.deds.nl/~mp/ ysvry

    congrats to ton and the rest of the team , great movie , blender is getting better and better keep up the good work. and bart good to see you back ;)

  • http://www.dotti.at dos

    i did a recompress of the 720p movie to 320@12fps flash video to get it viewable with a chumby.
    you can get this version at http://www.dotti.at

  • Matthias

    There’s a bug right before the squirl snaps its fingers when they’re throwing nuts at Bunny, his finger reaches through the trunk.

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