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Penrose Studio previewed its newest animated tale, “Allumette,” at Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. Now, it’s out as a PlayStation VR launch title, as well as on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Animation powerhouses like Disney have long perfected the craft of retelling classic stories with cutting-edge technology. Virtual reality-focused Penrose Studios, which was founded by former Oculus exec Eugene Chung in 2015, is now taking this approach to the next level.

Penrose debuted “Allumette”, a 20-minute animated film loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “Matchstick Girl,” on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR Thursday. And just like those Disney movies, “Allumette” goes to show that technology is a means to an end, and that good stories always win.

“Allumette” is the story of a young girl who is stranded in the dark and cold, staying warm by lighting up oversized, magical matches. Each match unlocks a memory, just like in Andersen’s classic fairy tale. Only this time, those memories tell the girl’s back story: The dreamlike world of houses and streets floating in the sky that she used to travel with her mom; the love that they had for each other; the lessons her mom taught her; the tragedy that tore them apart.