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Monday, May 26, 2008

Let the magic begin

larger than life Ghatothkachan
Forget technology, this is Amar Chitra Katha come alive on screen. Veteran filmmaker Singeetham Srinivasa Rao’s multi-lingual film is perfectly comfortable telling the story in two-dimensional animation, without feeling the need to resort to 3D just for effect.

Most animation films made in India succumb to the temptation of orchestrating sequences just to show off their technical prowess, with scant regard for the storytelling. Here, 3D is used minimally along with motion-capture technology for the dance choreography, and quite effectively at that.

Unlike other Indian animation films, Rao doesn’t try to dumb down the story or make it more contemporary with pop-culture references, just to make it more appealing to the generation today. This is old school to the extent that the narrative stays true to the story as we’ve read in Amar Chitra Katha.

The language employed isn’t colloquial, but the song and dance sequences that provide relief to the story are pretty much today in their choreography and feel. There’s even a kiss thrown in between Abhimanyu and Vatsalain a duet.

‘Kalyana Samayal Sadham’ from the original Maya Bazaar is nicely reworked here with animation, providing ample scope for visual effects and a larger-than-life canvas for the magical tale.

What would really give indigenously-produced animation films a big boost is quality voice talent, especially established movie stars, who would not just make it more marketable but also give an entirely new dimension to the characters they are lending voices to. With the sneak preview of possibilities that Ghatotkachan gives us, the future of animation seems exciting with the miracle of motion-capture technology. This is a pretty neat start.

Ghatothkachan Genre: Animation Director: Singeetham Srinivasa Rao Storyline: Bheema’s son, the little master of magic, reunites his cousin Abhimanyu with his childhood sweetheart after the Pandavas are sent into exile. Bottomline: Another treat for kids this summer

SOURCE: The Hindu

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