Indian animation industry
The Indian animation industry encompasses traditional 2D animation, 3D animation as well as visual effects for feature films. In 1956, Disney Studios animator Clair Weeks, who had worked on Bambi, was invited to Films Division of India in Mumbai to establish and train the country's first animation studio as part of the American technical co-operation mission. He trained a core group of Indian animators, whose first production was a film called The Banyan Deer (1957). Veteran animator Ram Mohan started his career at Films Division's Cartoon Unit.
Another landmark animated film from Films Division is Ek Anek Aur Ekta, a short traditionally animated educational film released in 1974. The film is presented as a fable meant to teach children the value of unity, and was frequently broadcast on India's state-run television station, Doordarshan. The first Indian animated television series was Ghayab Aaya, which aired in 1986 and was directed by Suddhasattwa Basu. The first Indian 3D and VFX was done for the television series Captain Vyom by animation.
In 2000, AK Madhavan won a contract for his animation studio to produce a series of CGI animations for a US customer. He co-produced India's first 3D stereoscopic full-length feature film, Alpha & Omega, with Lionsgate.
The first Indian 3D animated film was Roadside Romeo, which was a joint venture between Yash Raj Films and the Indian division of the Walt Disney Company. It was written and directed by Jugal Hansraj.
Awards and festivals
Awards and conventions for the Indian animation industry include:
- National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Animation Film
- National Film Award for Best Animated Film
- 24FPS Animation Awards, organized by Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC)
- TASI Viewers Choice Awards (TVCA)
- Anifest India
- Annual Graphics and Animation Film Awards (AGAFA) from the Society for Animation in Delhi (SAID)
- Orbit Live and Kalakari, organised by Arena Animation
Societies and Organizations
The Animation Society of India (TASI) is a non-profit organization with its head-office in Mumbai. It hosts Anifest India, the biggest annual animation festival in the Indian subcontinent.
The Society for Animation in Delhi (SAID) is a non-profit body for animation and related arts.
Media & Entertainment Association of India (MEAI) is an active body promoting Indian AVGC industry, amongst others. MEAI is also noticeable for high powered delegations to international markets and festivals.
The Indian animation industry was estimated at $354 million in 2006 and was forecast to reach $869 million by 2010. In 2009, the state of the animation industry in India, was growing at a CAGR of 30% and was estimated to reach US$1.5 billion by 2015.
Notable animation studio companies in India
- Toonz India Ltd
- DREAM Multimedia & Animation
- Assemblage Entertainment
- Again Studios Pvt. Ltd.
- Buena Vista International India
- Cartoon Network (India)
- Disney India
- Future Thought Productions
- Green Gold Animation
- Lumicel Animation Studios
- Makuta Animation
- Pentamedia Graphics
- Prana Studios
- Reliance MediaWorks Ltd
- StudioTale - An Animation Explainer Video & Ad Film Making Company
- Tata Elxsi
- Trace VFX
- Turner International India
List of Indian animated movies
Since The Banyan Deer was released in 1957, there have been over 130 animated movies produced in India. The following animated movies were released in India.
List of Films
Animated TV series produced in India
|Hungama TV||Akbar and Birbal||2006|
|ViR: The Robot Boy||2013-Present|
|Nickelodeon/Sonic Nicelodeon||Shaktimaan Animated||2011-2012|
|Cartoon Network/Pogo||The Adventures of Tenali Raman||2003-2004|
|The New Adventures of Hanuman|| 2010(Season 1) |
|Roll No 21||2010-Present|
|The Adventures of King Bikram||2009-2010|
|Disney Channel/Disney XD||Chorr Police||2009-2012|
|Arjun Prince of Bali||2014-Present|
|V for Virat||2016-Present|
|Colors||Suraj-The Rising Star||2012-2013|
|MAA TV Junior||Parmanandu Shishyulu|
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- 3D Animation College