"Robbi – Abenteuer auf CD-ROM", I-Motion Ges.m.b.H., 1996
"Robbi – Abenteuer auf CD-ROM", I-Motion Ges.m.b.H., 1996
"Robbi – Abenteuer auf CD-ROM", I-Motion Ges.m.b.H., 1996
"Robbi – Abenteuer auf CD-ROM", I-Motion Ges.m.b.H., 1996
"Robbi – Abenteuer auf CD-ROM", I-Motion Ges.m.b.H., 1996
"Robbi – Abenteuer auf CD-ROM", I-Motion Ges.m.b.H., draft of a scene, 1996
"Robbi – Abenteuer auf CD-ROM", I-Motion Ges.m.b.H., elephant "turn around sheet", 1996
"Robbi – Abenteuer auf CD-ROM", I-Motion Ges.m.b.H., monkey "turn around sheet", 1996
"Robbi – Abenteuer auf CD-ROM", I-Motion Ges.m.b.H., Brumbo "Lip sync", 1996

A CD-ROM for species protection. The children's book bestseller "Robbi - a seal pup escapes to the wild beasts" by the Tyrolean Günther Aloys was adapted into one of the most elaborate multimedia productions ever made in Austria for the medium CD-ROM. "Robbi - Adventures on CD-ROM," tells the story of a baby seal, which comes on the run from the sealers to the wild animals on a jungle island. The children have the opportunity to interactively participate in the course of the story thus helping Robbi. "Robbi - Adventures on CD-ROM" was presented to great acclaim at the Frankfurt Book Fair 1996, the first 10,000 copies were sold in Germany within five days. Presskit is here.
Production: I-Motion Ges.m.b.H., Johanna Hofinger
Director: Erwin Meisel
Screenplay: Virgil Widrich (after the book by Günther Aloys)
Graphic design: Joachim Luetke
Music: Roman Padiwy
Production manager: Virgil Widrich
Programming: Hans-Michael Schöbinger, Christof Wessely
Character design: Joachim Luetke
Monkey- and Shark game programmed by Christof Wessely, Hans-Michael Schöbinger
Other Games programmed by Christoph Wize, Studio C in association with Norbert Welsch, Henrik Westphal, Welsch & Partner

Events

24. June 1999 – 25. June 1999
Lecture at the SAE – International Technology College Munich together with Martin Putz.
24.6.1999, 13 to 16: 00 and 17 to 20:00: Classical drama "22 buildings blocks – the model of John Truby". Interactive storytelling using the CD-ROM "Robbi – Adventures on CD-ROM"
25.6.1999, 13 to16: 00 and 17 to 20:00: "Calculation and production of multimedia projects"
SAE – International Technology College, Hofer Straße 3, D-81737 Munich
18. November 1996
Lecture "How to write interactive dialogues?".
Writing interactive dialogues seems to be impossible. How can a conversation contain numerous possibilities without being arbitrary at the same time? In the interactive dialogue scenes the CD-ROM "Robbi – a CD-ROM adventure story" the characters in many scenes speak only when instructed by a mouse click, the user can even decide who, when and how often the character speaks. Despite these options, the talking animals have themes and thoughts supporting both the personality of each character while advancing the story. With a budget of 5 million Austrian Schillings "Robbi – a CD-ROM adventure story"is one of the most elaborate multimedia products ever made in Austria. Over 120 graphic designers, technicians and animators worked for one year on this production. For "Robbi", Virgil Widrich was scriptwriter and production manager.
Department of Med. Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, University of Vienna, Freyung 6/2, 1010 Vienna, 18.11.1996, 18:00 p.m.
03. January 1996 – 20. December 1996
First creative work on a CD-ROM: He writes the screenplay and dialogues for "Robbi - Abenteuer auf CD-ROM." The story of a baby seal which flees hunters to a desert island becomes a CD-ROM bestseller for children with sales of 20,000. Virgil Widrich develops for this project an interactive dialogue engine, which gives archetypal characters concrete thoughts and injects new dramatic situations. This invention is met with interest around the world and is presented in lectures in Austria and abroad (e.g. at the Medienlabor München and the University of Vienna‘s Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence).