One of the world's most beloved, and highly-sought after cartoon characters has come to life in an interactive game of "Where's Waldo?"
A 360-degree YouTube video shot with GoPro cameras challenges viewers to find the elusive red-and-white-striped character as he tiptoes around various busy locations in Santa Monica, California.
Two suited sleuths help viewers hunt for him by weeding through Waldo lookalikes and other zany characters including a wizard, "friendly giant" and Super Mario.
The roughly four-minute video was released Monday by Corridor Digital, a Los Angeles-based group that specializes in creating YouTube videos.
In a behind-the-scenes video, documenting how they made the hide-and-seek game, they explain that they came up with the "Where's Waldo?" video idea in hopes of better showing the creative and technical possibilities of producing 360-degree videos.
"It was the perfect excuse to do a 360-video because it actually encourages you to look around. You're trying to find Waldo, right?" says Wren Weichman, who portrays Waldo and serves as Corridor Digital's visual effects lead and creator, according to their website.
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