Continuing our series of weekly columns that survey films, television and trends in the Indian animation industry. These stores are mainly culled from the Indian trade journal Animation Xpress – and these (below) represent material for second half of January 2014.
January 16. “The Legend of Ponnivala to Air in India on
Thanti TV Network.”
of the news in Animation Xpress is
about animation in northwestern India in the Hindi-speaking region. This features the Tamil-speaking region in
“Animated series The Legend of Ponnivala, a 26
episode series created by The Sophia Hilton Foundation of Canada and Soft
Science Associates, that tells the story of the epic South Indian heroes Ponnar
and Shankar is all set to air in Tamilnadu.
This announcement is coming in from the official
website of this series, ‘The Sophia Hilton Foundation of Canada is
very excited to announce that The Legend of Ponnivala will soon be on the air
again, this time in Tamilnadu on the Thanthi TV network!’
Adds more ‘This is a very exciting announcement, as we have been working
hard to have the series come to televisions around the world, and especially in
India where the story originates. Thanthi TV will be showing the series on
Sundays across their viewing area and in streaming video online.’
“The Legend of Ponnivala was
previously seen only as a feature film in select international settings. One
extended excerpt received a nomination for Best Animated Film (Home Video) at
the 2012 FICCI BAF Awards in India. Another extract was a featured presentation
at the MOSAIC International South Asian Film Festival in Mississauga, Ontario.
“As this news is still very new, we don’t have all the scheduling details
worked out. Keep checking your email though, as we’ll make sure you’re the
first to know when the series can be seen in your area!’ The Team Concludes”
Judging by the trailers on the website of The Legend of Ponnivala, I suspect that, despite what it says about
being a conscious choice, animation in the Tamil-speaking southeast is behind
the Hindi-speaking northwest. But it is
still of considerable interest.
January 16. Cartoon Network & POGO To Launch New
shows, Movies and Contests.
Turner International India is pulling out all the
stops to continue its reign in 2014 in the kids’ genre with new content, magnanimous contests and
ultimate entertainment on POGO and Cartoon Network! Kids are in for an
unbridled dose of humour, adventure and excitement with new and popular
POGO has a new superhero this year who is cute, funny,
naughty and haughty. Catch the adventures of Obochama Kun, a
brand new series every Monday to Friday at 12pm on POGO.In addition
to celebrating Republic Day, POGO is also premiering a new movie called Chhota
Bheem – Neeli Pahaadi at 12pm! Kids can also win exciting merchandise by participating in the Republic
Day contest from January 20-26 every day from 10am onwards only on
POGO. Also tune in to the Chhota Bheem Film Festival on POGO
from January 15 to 25every day at 5pm for back-to-back movies.
On the other hand , Cartoon Network,Tune-in to
special Roll No. 21 and Oggy and the Cockroaches episodes
on Republic Day! Adding to it, every half an hour kids will get a chance
to win exciting prizes on the Republic Day weekend. All they have to do is tune
in to Cartoon Network from 12pm onwards on January 25 & 26, 2014
to win the treasured prizes. Be ready to enjoy Fridays like never before
with Oggy’s Fun Friday. Get a chance to win a fun day out with your
friends at the movies, shop till you drop, eat out with your friends and many
more prizes including exclusive Cartoon Network merchandise.
All kids have to do is tune-in to Cartoon Network
every Friday throughout the month from 1pm onwards and answer the
simple game based questions!
“Every year we aim to bring shows and characters that
captivate and entertain children. This year as well, we have an exciting blend
of new and popular shows, movies and franchises coupled with engaging
contests and online activations that is sure resonate with kids. We are
thrilled to be the genre leader in 2013 and will make every stride to ensure
the same in 2014.” concludes Krishna Desai, Sr. Director & Network
Head – Kids, South Asia, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd.
January 17. Studio Dreamcatcher Creates Animated
Signature Film for Small Town Cinema.
Studio Dreamcatcher has created 2D Animated Signature
Film for a movie production company titled Small Town Cinema. The short was
released with a Malayalam movie named Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal, which is
produced by Small Town.
AnimationXpress.com had a
conversation with Roshan K, Director of this short to know about the
approach that he went with to create the film.
Please tell me more about the studio and the services
that Dreamcatcher offers?
Roshan K, the director of the short, said: ‘Previously
we were known as Dragonmill Studio, and we started out in Bangalore in 2010.
Before that we were just a three member (Kishore, Sinu and I) creative
brotherhood known as Libera Artisti. The name change is part of an expansion
plan. A six member creative board (of which the three of us are a part)
currently head the studio. We have forty-three artists working at Dreamcatcher
and execute everything related to 2D Animation, starting from concept
generation and pre-production to compositing and final editing for animated
What is this short all about and how did this project
This 30 seconds animated short was designed as part of
their branding for production company Small Town Cinema. This project came to
me on my freelancing break with Nirvana Films and kept on hold before I joined
Studio Dreamcatcher. It was felt like huge project for me to take up but with
the wonderful support from the team, it came out better than how I visualized
It took about a month to create the 30-second
Can we have a credit run
Client: Small Town Cinema
Line Producer: Ansal Rahiman A A
Animation Director: Abhilash Narayanan
Storyboarding: Anoop Sreeli
Animation Supervisor: Sumesh K
Key Backgrounds: Shajeer S
Layouts: Nikhil C, Sandeep R
Backgrounds: Suneesh S, Sreeshan R S
Animators :Saji V, Sujith P T, Robin R, Biju T K,
Binoy V, Subramaniyan P, Sandeep R, Anoop Sreedharan
Compositing and VFX : Praveen Stanley Johnson, Subin T
Compositors: Priya Sajith, Kiran B
Edit: Ansal Rahiman A A
Sound Design: Nixon George & Rajeesh K R
There is much more, but the short speaks for itself.
January 21. HopMotion’s Animated Web Show Modern
Activity’s Second Teaser Launch (Exclusive).
HopMotion Animation in Mumbai is set to launch its
second teaser of their Animated Web Show, Modern
Activity. The very first teaser of
the show was launched at the Mumbai Films and Comics Convention.
Written by Anish Patel, Carmen Zainabadi and Aarsh
Vora, the web show is set to hit YouTube in the first week of February.
From the interview with Anish Patel on Animation Xpress, Modern Activity is apparently an Internet animated cartoon about
four juvenile delinquents who humorously destroy their high school.
What is Modern Activity all about?
Activity is a 1st of its kind web show about the crazy capers of four of
the brattiest and the most outlandish fifth standard students you’ll ever find
with a simple aim in life, to turn their school “Modern Activity” upside down.
Each episode is totally wild and uncensored and has guest appearances by many
controversial personalities. At present we are in the production stages of this
series. […] In all likelihood we’ve all come across each
of these in our own school, the black listers, back benchers, the ruffians that
were every teacher’s nightmare. Savio Miranda, Burges Gyara, Naim Kajalwalla
and Kartik Mehta represent those infamous few. The characters are typically
Bombay brats. Savio Miranda is the street smart, motor mouth, prankster from
Bandra, Burges Gyara is the bun maska loving a cat bawaji from Mazgaon. There isa
clever business minded Gujju Kartik Mehta from Walkeshwar and the numb knuckle
Naim Kajalwalla from Dockyard Road. And all of them make up the terror brigade
of standard five in a south Mumbai high school called Modern Activity.
Er. I won’t
pretend to know what a “bun maska loving a cat bawaji” is. This animated web show seems aimed at every
highschooler who has dreamed of running amok and destroying his/her high school
with rocket launchers, bombs, jackhammers, machetes, and the like. Check out the two teasers – Animation Xpress has both of them.
And what’s next after Modern Activity?
will be coming out with a new web show every quarter. Next quarter we will be
launching our next animated show titled The SoBo Snob. It follows the funny
ramblings of a snooty South Bombay dude who looks down upon everything beyond
the worli see link. And also we are working towards developing an animated
series for Indian television. Worli
see? Oh, never mind.
January 21. Square Enix Announces Free ‘Spira’s
Summoner’ content with Lighting Returns FINAL FANTASY XIII.
That’s Lightning, not Lighting. “Starting today, Amazon pre-order customers
will receive free Spira’s Summoner content for download, uniting two of FINAL
FANTASY’s leading female characters by equipping Lightning with Yuna’s iconic
outfit, staff and victory pose from FINAL FANTASY X.
The Spira’s Summoner DLC is available free
exclusively via Amazon pre-order and will
be available to purchase for other customers later this year.
LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII will be
available for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, for digital
download on the PlayStation Network, and on the Xbox 360 games and
entertainment system from Microsoft on February 11, 2014.