A scene from the animated short film Captain Kathal.


A scene from the animated short film Captain Kathal.

Whether it’s Miyazaki romanticizing the monotonous chores of everyday life, the slapstick humor that permeates Tom and Jerry, or the satire seen in Rick and Morty – animation as an art form deals with a range of emotions. . From stop-motion to rotoscoping, the world of animation is vast and versatile. While cartoons have been present throughout our lifetimes, it begs the question: where does Bangladesh fit in the animation industry?

While Bangladesh may not have made progress globally, it would be unfair to say that there has been no progress. While Meena and The Adventures of Montu Miah aired in the early 2000s, the prospect of doing animation was limited in the TVC realm during this time. Still, with a handful of studios popping up on the scene, things took a much more positive turn.

Mighty Punch Studios, mainly interested in publications, adapted their iconic comic strip “Captain Kathal” into a 2 minute short film. The film was directed and written by Oishik Jawad and Junaid Iqbal Ishmam, alongside a team of seasoned veterans as well as budding young artists.

Oishik Jawad says Bangladesh is far from having an impact, but the growth rate is promising. He says, “New artists and animators have the internet to show them the industry standard so they can catch up with it.” The director also hopes to see more artists choosing animation as a hobby.

Elsewhere, Prolancer Studio has undertaken a biographical project on Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Films like these are not only culturally vital, but educational as well. On the other hand, Ogopogo Studio is the expert in stop motion – which works both globally and locally. Their projects are original, colorful and full of life.

It would be wrong to claim that this recent crop of studios came out of nowhere. Although the foundations are not strong enough, some projects have proven that it is possible to undertake a full-fledged project. Notable films include Murgi Keno Mutant (2011) and Tomorrow (2019), both of which are well-produced plays in their own right, with Tomorrow even gaining worldwide attention by winning the Best Animated Film award at the Festival des films from the world of Cannes. With the monthly victory, “Demain” has now qualified to compete in the festival’s final event.

Fahim Arif, co-director of the award-winning short film “Falafel Sundays”, discusses the country’s lack of development. He says: “Whether it is due to competition from neighboring countries or the lack of local resources, the industry has not been able to take up as much space as it could have.” However, he appreciates the increase in the number of self-taught animators, mainly in the commercial field, which will have a direct impact on the demand for more qualified animators, which in turn will lead to the training of new talents.

Optimistically, Fahim Arif says he would like to see more independent shorts made in the scene. He goes on to say that there is untapped potential locally in the form of festivals – which he hopes to tap into in the future. With passion, the right infrastructure and the right people in mind, it will only be a matter of time before our rich culture is fully utilized and reaches the big screen.

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