Sunday, 14 January 2018

24FPS International Animation Awards

24fps is one of the most prestigious international awards in the field of  animation-vfx-multimedia categories.

Today in our blog we will discuss the fame – glory-hardwork it takes to bring the award home.



Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), Kolkata is a fast-growing research and development team comprising of skilled experts.

When one’s imagination subverts knowledge it unleashes its wings to aspirations.

And we formulate these aspirations with ambition.



From 3D Animation to VFX courses, from Film Making to Web and Graphic Designing we try to excel in distinct career-oriented courses.

Until today we have been successful in training and educating students in well-known studios.

Passion, Creativity and Excellence is the three pillars on which our mission and vision stand.

So this time come and experience our auspicious 15th Edition of the Iconic 24FPS 2017 International Animation Awards.



MAAC Kolkata takes immense delight in youngsters who enliven their imagination by means of creativity and passion.

Over the past years, MAAC Chowringhee has inspired many aspiring candidates.

It is an immense pride to serve and to be an associate of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC).

We celebrate excellence in the most innovative way through our various award and recognition.

The year 2010 had brought to us special experience in the field of 24FPS International Animation Awards.


On the front of 3D Animation, our team had won Bronze in the movie category LA STATUE.

It was our triumph when our Digital Film team won the Gold in the movie Welcome to Light.

As time passed, our academic aspects also progressed with the help of skilled faculty experts and professionals.

Each and every year we have not been unhappy as every year brought to us new smiley award-winning faces.

In the year 2012, the Digital Film team succeeded to avail the Gold in the movie The End Begins.

We have been honoured at various other award festivals.



The year 2015 bring us new aspirations with new enlightenment by bringing Bronze in the field of VFX Challenge for the movie Avenger.


In the 24FPS 2017, MAAC Chowringhee prepared and planned a movie Beyond Boundaries with utter hard work and devotion.

The film was cinematographer in a way that uses a bus ride as an analogy to represent the country we live in and the anxiety, tumultuous atmosphere that is always prevailing in it.

However, the main point of view is that whatever may be the situation, how much tempers start to rise, and the love of cricket is unending.

It is one backdrop which assembles and unites all citizens residing in the country.

In 2017 also we have won the Best of Digital Film Making Gold Awards for the movie, Sandwatch.

On this front, Jury Panel is present at the 24FPS board from where they follow students’ works very closely. They are intricately associated with the MAAC Kolkata team.

We have more than 50 jury members at our sector that are linked with our team.

To name a few name of this well-known jurist are Prasad Sutthar the co-founder and creative head of NY VFXWALA (a division of Ajay Devgn films), Pete Draper the chief Technical Director and Division head of MAKUTA VFX and Kamal Sadanah, the actor producer.



MAAC Rashbehari had also successfully appeared in the 24FPS 2017 3D Challenge.

Our team is a dedicated team that is accountable for setting up the comprehensive curriculum for each course.

Our Academy conducts faculty training programs always make certain that high standards of teaching are maintained or not.


We assure of a student-friendly infrastructure that is set to be beneficial in the global Animation & VFX industry.

All MAAC Kolkata faculties are exposed to all sorts of industry updates on a regular basis which assists to grind their resourceful and technological skills.



We train students with resourceful systems and use high-end computers at every centre’.

Our Wacom tablets and other types of equipment are highly improvised to educate students in the field of Visual Effects, 2D Animation, 3D Animation, Graphics and Web Designing.

The infrastructure is parallel to that used in the worldwide Animation and VFX industry.

As a result, this assists in creating an ‘on-the-job’ workplace environment in the class.

Consequently, our students time and again win many Awards for the films they make and produce.

MAAC Kolkata also specializes in effective Web Designing Courses and Graphic Designing Courses.


The courses are paramount for students who are enthusiastic to join IT Industry but have no expert degrees.

Our Web and Graphic Designing Training Course has been premeditated keeping in mind the current Industry and Technological requirements.

We are counted among the best web designing institute in Kolkata.

During the recent times, as the number of companies is increasing, the requirement for web designers and graphic designers are also bound to increase.

Therefore, there is a vast scope of the web and graphic designing training courses in Kolkata.

We offer premium quality assistance and education to students coming from different parts of the world.

Nowadays, there is also an enormous cope for them to work as freelancers.

So they can also do work from home.

Our institute is the reputed academic place where there is a giant of clued-up web designers.

MAAC is ranked as the most favoured institute by the animation, VFX and multimedia students of Kolkata.

It provides top-notch quality education about animation, VFX and Multimedia to the students.

There are several events organized by MAAC Kolkata throughout the year.

Seminars, master classes, contests, competitions and other fun events are planned and arranged.

As a result, students get the opportunity to meet and attend seminars and workshops by industry professionals.

The 24FPS International Animation Awards is organized every year.

Just as every year, in this year also students from all other centres have participated and shown their artistic skills by making distinct varieties through creativity and innovation.

Several concepts show the diverse individual opinions of the students that they gather from several fields of their experience.

It is evident that our students are made that efficient to meet any future requirements whenever needed.

The MAAC Chowringhee authority requires an active participation of the students in all its events and occasions.



Parallel to the education courses it is also intended to remain present in such occasions as the institute caters to the student’s needs and development.

The Scholars of our institutes wind up jobs within maximum reputed animation organizations of India.

In our weblog, we maintain updating you with student’s interviews and their accomplishments.

In our pupil sector section, we display case our pupil’s work and presents our college students platform to assignment ones paintings in front of the whole World.


Here you go. Hurry and join us.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Maac Chowringhee Handmade Calendar Competition



Maac Chowringhee welcomes New Year with an in house event.

A good event happens when opportunity meets with a good planning.




Similar is the opportunity for the ongoing events of MAAC Kolkata.

Our center is continuing its events from the very beginning of its origin.

With the beginning of this year, we have brought to our students a handmade calendar making competition for the month of January.

Our students effectively participate in the events and show their best talent when it comes to handmade creation.

In the present event, they have incorporated many cartoon characters while making their innovative New Year calendars.

The MAAC Chowringhee authority takes this initiative to assemble their students together and work with a competitive attitude to meet the events’ needs.

‘Make a Handmade Calendar‘ event organized by the academic department of MAAC Chowringhee are operational in every month of every year.

Several weekly and monthly events are also organized to engage students’ focus on the other areas relating to extracurricular activities apart from academics.Maac Chowringhee

The active participation of the students is reflected in their creations.

One of the students has produced a unique piece of Mickey Mouse calendar.



The calendar is made by cutting, crafting, painting and creating the popular character of children’s show Mickey.

Mickey Mouse has been an all-time favourite show of toddlers and children.

The calendar is crafted with exclusive calendar numbering techniques, several coloring variations and bubbles shown along with the other characters of the specific show.

Another exceptional art of creation can be seen in a calendar portraying ‘Angry Birds‘ and its various characters.



The famous movie character ‘Angry Bird’ and its other companions are well crafted with multiple colour differences in the calendar.

The calendar is followed by a unique sequence of holiday markings, not in red colour but all national holidays are marked with the red colour face of the character ‘Angry Bird‘.



The season of Christmas is still on its wings flying high spreading happiness all over the world.

The same notion is also echoed in a calendar done by a student.

The handmade calendar is shaped forming a Christmas tree at one side of the set and the numerical monthly dates at the other side.

Coming to the tree, it is skilled by extensive colour paper cutting and ribbon band design.



A piece of innovation is seen in a calendar made through minute handcrafted framing through ear cleaner and colour combination.

Every alternate ear cleaner is colored by red, blue, green and white colour to enhance the frame of the piece.

A patriotic concept is depicted while showing an abstract character is jumping from one mountain top to the other.

The painting of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose along with the Indian flag represents active patriotic conception and its importance in India.

The above calendar is followed by a further piece of handmade almanac of the popular character ‘Mumble‘ in the animated comedy movie, Happy Feet.

The almanac is produced with the innovative craftsmanship of the student through the portraiture of the penguin besides the numerical dates and holiday listing.

From the penguins to the Christmas tree, from the winter scene to the snowflakes all bring together to the credibility of the manual.



Kung Fu Panda has been the favourite of all the time.

It had raised above the plethora of the other CGI animated movies. It has been one of the most successful animated movies ever.

One of our efficient students has incorporated the character ‘King Fu Panda‘ in addition to the directory.

A set of marvellous colour combination and character focusing in the calendar has been a major part of it.

The foremost crucial point of emphasis is the landscape scenery of a countryside area with a hut crafted alongside bushes but the main topic of the event criteria is diverted.

So, in that case, the creation is good but it is unable to meet the requirement of the event organized.



The calendar also sees a marvel of art: kites flying in the sky. Another model of design is painted by a student to create an exceptional almanack.

MAAC Chowringhee organizes these types of events so that it becomes an inspirational ground for the students as well as the faculty of Maya.

Nevertheless, it has always been grand when it comes to an occasion.

Animation, VFX, graphics and others are not the only scope of us.

We set beyond all boundaries and stage our institute as one of the top-notch institutes in Kolkata.

We also offer Viewers’ Choice Awards for the best performance and the winner.

Among all students who have performed best in the contest are counted in the winner’s list and runner-ups.



This certainly provides an inspiration and motivation to the students who are trained here in the course of VFX and Animation.

After hard working the devoted students expects some kind of refreshment activities which we proffer to serve as an entertainment and get together basis.

MAAC Chowringhee does not discourage those students who in spite of trying hard does not do up to the mark in the event.

Instead, they are encouraged to perform well in the next event.

MAAC Chowringhee is ranked as the most favored institute by the animation, VFX and multimedia students of Kolkata.


It provides top-notch quality education about animation, VFX and multimedia to the students.

There are several events organized by MAAC Chowringhee throughout the year.

Seminars, master classes, contests, competitions and other fun events are planned and arranged.

As a result, students get the opportunity to meet and attend seminars and workshops by industry professionals.

This handmade calendar making competition is organized every year.



Just as every year, in this year also students from all other centers have participated and shown their artistic skills by making distinct varieties of the almanac.

Several concepts show the diverse individual opinions of the students that they gather from several fields of their experience.

It is evident that our students are made that efficient to meet any future requirements whenever needed.


The MAAC Chowringhee, Rashbehari, Kakurgachi and upcoming center Maac Ultadanga authority requires an active participation of the students in all its events and occasions.

Parallel to the education courses it is also intended to remain present in such occasions as the institute caters to the student’s needs and development.

Be a part of our team just by a click and explore immense opportunities store for you to take you towards a bright career only with Maac Chowringhee.


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

VFX IN MAHABALI HANUMAN TV SERIES

Visual effects are widely known as VFX.

It plays a significant role in the daily tele-serials for Indian viewers.

One such most popular serial of these days is Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanumaan on Sony TV.


Our today’s discussion will rotate around it.

This serial is teemed with VFX and thus enhances the look and feel of the serial very nicely.

In recent times, it has been observed that the one using VFX more in the serial you can engage more viewer.

This in turn aids in improving the TRP rating of the specific serial.

The first tele-serial to use VFX in the show was Ramanand Sagar’s mythological show popularly known as Ramayana.

Subsequently, other serials started following the trend using visual effects.


Legendary and historical series have wedded the fashionable with ancient stories and special effects to recreate the hoary to the engrossed viewers.

In this genre, Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanumaan produced by Contiloe Productions has explored diverse known and unknown facets of the mighty Hanumaan.

PLANNING THE SETUP

After extended pre-production decisions, CEO of Contiloe, Abhimanyu Singh determined to set for the first mythological show Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanumaan with multiple genres on Sony TV.

The crew has used state-of-the-art visual effects and stunts to tell the great tale.

This tale took viewers on a journey of the exciting life of Mahabali Hanuman right from his childhood from being a devotee of Lord Ram to being the conqueror of all evil.

It will also recollect the various events, bring to the surface his qualities and obtain morals from his life which are relevant in everyday life.

The most relevant part of it is the significance of VFX in the entire series.

A relevant point to be acknowledged is that it would have been impossible to accomplish the series without the use of VFX.

Moreover, VFX played an important role to establish the complete serial recalling minor to major events happened in the legendary life of Hanuman.

The pre-planning was done to set the story in a way that can create Mahabali Hanuman’s heroic persona and take the show connected to the viewers.

The unmatched show along with its concerned areas of VFX and special effects are relevant to assume the budget of the series.

UTILIZATION OF VFX TECHNIQUES

Being a mythological and supernatural series it was crucial to use special effects. VFX and special effects help us to accomplish something that is unfeasible in real life.

During the present day, Indian Television soaps and serials are also incorporating high-end VFX to embellish the story’s credibility.

In addition to it, grabbing existing and new viewer’s attention has become more relevant than ever.

However, the requirement of more developed use of special effects is essential to make the show look more appealing and authentic.




In Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanumaan you can see here the efficient use of VFX where Ram is pointing his arrow in episode 486.



The above picture depicts the effective use of 3D and VFX.

At first, the model of Ram and Sita is composed of its background in a layer.

Then it is mingled with the second layer of Hanuman using VFX.

In order to show the sequence, Live-Action Effects and morphing are also used.

Morphing is discussed later in brief on the blog.



Several other techniques are also used to create fireflies, skin textures and other interesting visual effects such as eye colour changing, set extensions etc.

Another technique used is Chroma keying.

Chroma key compositing is a post-production technique in VFX Pipeline.

Where we shoot our subject or character on flat Green or Blue screen and later we can able to remove the particular background with the help of software’s for background replacement.

As a result, this technique allows us to incorporate one image or video into another.

This VFX technique is widely used to modify the background or to add something that is animated.


In episode 628 of the series the tiger is created with the help of 3D.

Though a touch of unrealism is hinted in this image but it had not failed to grab reader’s attention towards the show’s subsequent progress.


Morphing is also utilized in motion pictures that aid to alter an image or shape into another all the way through flawless conversion.

It is a type of special effect that is highly used in serials like Chandrakanta, Nagin, Ashoka Samrat and many more.

The above image is also suggestive of the fact that morphing had been used in this show to portray the character of ‘Narsimha’ in episode 555.



An efficient use of VFX is evident from the episode 516 when the ‘Mahakal Roop'(angry look) of Goddess Kali is shown doing Tandav dance.

During the earlier period, when technology was not so urbanized and advanced, morphing was done by stop motion.

However, this is not the situation now.

In the recent years, due to the advancement of technology, loads of software has been developed which assists us to do proper morphing.

On many levels, it seems to get inspired by Hollywood VFX works.

The use of VFX in all these television series is somewhat similar yet advanced.

It also enables us to see Snow Mountains, peacocks and even Lord Ganesha (A human with Elephant’s head).

VFX and VR



Virtual reality or VR is coming out as an important tool of VFX.

VFX artists are using VR technology to create those special effects that are hardest to create.

As for example, 360o videos and compositing, stitching panorama, HDR Lighting are created through it for making digital assets and dealing with stereo camera in the tele-serial.

Though the rating of VFX used in the show is decent, the production house is required to monitor specific areas of VFX more carefully.

They need a lot of advancements in the technical matters.

The team had profusely shown their artistic skill.

However, in terms of concept, more creativity is anticipated.



Here, in this show, the positive point is the application of VFX looked usual and realistic and attracted the viewers largely.

The color grading is done in an effective way to embellish the credibility of the present circumstances of the show.

FINAL DECREE

As per observation, it can be well stated that this serial is a landmark in Sony TV.

In terms of VFX, animation and colour grading, this fabulous show has literally raised the standard of technicalities in Indian Television.

The realistic approach of the show is indeed appreciable in concept, technicalities, creativity and innovation.

With the mounting trends, we can speculate that there will be increasing grid of VFX usage, ahead in future.

Immense opportunities are there in vfx industry just in a click away.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

ANIMATION AND VFX OPPORTUNITIES IN INDIAN

To begin it is essential to understand that Animation and VFX is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn.

 

During the present era, India is an emerging country with its rapid progress of Animation and visual effects in media and entertainment industry.

Media has influenced and is responsible to revolutionize the Indian media and entertainment industry.

Moreover, with the advent of the swift 3G and 4G services, it has become a boon to the Animation industry to grow to a much higher extent rapidly.

Parallel to the media industry, VFX and Animation industry is fast emerging as a vital part of movie making, filmmaking, TV series, episodes and many more.

VFX is crucial in avant-garde work carried out by the various Indian studios, and it has blitzed on to the allover universal VFX scenario these days.

As a result, the Animation and VFX industry persists to progressively grow global acceptance with the existing and new Indian talents emerging from every nook and corner of the world.

As per research by KPMG India-FICCI Indian Media and Entertainment Industry report 2017.

It has been evaluated that in 2016 the Indian Animation and VFX industry grew at 16.4 percent to attain a dimension of INR59.5 billion, driven majorly by a 31 percent growth in VFX, with Animation remaining steady at a growth rate of 9 percent.

In the year of 2016, the post-production section saw a vigorous growth of 13 percent and keep on to perform and garner the benefits of an established environment around the segment.


Global Acceptance of Indian Animation and VFX Industry Coming to the Animation turnover and acceptance, it is certain that animated movies and projects are globally accepted throughout the world.

In 2016 the Animation services market sustained to be subjugated by outsourced projects from television and film sectors.

These outsourcing has accounted for around 85 percent of the total Animation services turnover in India.

With the advent of ‘Digitalization‘, digital advertising and films have acquired a larger share of the Animation services.

The domestic contribution to the same is likely to remain moderate.

In the recent years, India is developing into an Animation and visual effects hub owing to the large workforce and cheap labour force.

This labour force includes a huge number of an English-speaking, creative software engineers.

A vast resource of artistic talent, well-brought-up studios and stumpy budgets.

According to research analysis, it has been found that the production cost of a half an hour 3D Animation programmer in India is sixty thousand US dollar compared to 250-400 thousand US dollar in the US and Canada.

It has been evaluated in a study that the low cost of production in India’s Animation and VFX industry has been subjugated by some cosmopolitan firms and production studios.

Digital Animation and its achievement coordinated with the liberal FDI of the Indian economy, it presented the profits of lower making costs, highly artistic and specialized animator and a considerable English uttering workforce.

This is responsible for promoting the progression of forward-looking liveliness studios in a few Indian urban communities.

Indian Animation Industry Scope and Opportunities



The Animation industry in India has enlarged its fame and popularity in media and entertainment industry.

The biggest striking production of Indian Film Industry in 2015 was the regional film ‘Baahubali-The Beginning‘.

The film has costs Rs.3,000 million and out of that Rs.850 million was spent only on VFX.


It has been analyzed that now India is having around 300 Animation studios, 40 visual effects studios and 85 game development studios, with a more than 15,000 professionals functioning in these studios.


In the year 2015, India observed an increase in demand for regional Animation programs.

To name a few of these favourite programs are ‘Motu Patlu’, ‘Shiva’, ‘BandbudhAurBudak’ and ‘Pyaar Mohabbat Happy Lucky’.

The success and accomplishment of locally produced content have created interest in investors and broadcasters.

Prior to this, the broadcaster was greatly reliant on imported content purchased from studios across the globe.

Thus it can be ascertained that the Indian Animation industry is confronting a talent chomp, trained professionals, and the need of the hour.

Animated commercials have been a great source of cost-effectiveness as compared to celebrities’ endorsement.

Throughout the period of 2015-20, Television Advertising in India is projected to grow at a CAGR of 15% in order to reach Rs.365 billion.

Several companies of FMCG are using kid’s channels to endorse their products. Some popular characters like ‘Chhota Bheem’, ‘Motu Patlu’, ‘Kris’ and much more are getting used by different brands for their promotion.

Indian Visual Effects (VFX) Industry Scope and Opportunities
With the increase in outsourcing work, the Indian visual effects studios are rising in terms of technology, manpower, techniques and output.

This segment produces live-action imager and descriptions by means of computer-generated graphics CGI.

The VFX are used increasingly by the visual media in India and can be widely composed of the additional fields like segment, TV shows and ads.

It is viewed that Indian VFX studios are producing low-end work to high-end quality work for foreign films.

Day by day India is becoming a favoured destination for outsourcing work because of the high-quality work, low-priced production, accomplished workforce and good communication skills.

The arrival of Digital Media has agreed with the new aspect of the industry and due to which the number of outsourcing work is also increased in India.



Some of the quality outsourced worked done by India VFX studios is ‘Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe’ by Prime Focus, ‘Mortdecai’ by Vancouver and Mumbai teams, ‘Game of Thrones’ by Prana Studios.

The year 2015 in India has witnessed a landmark in Visual Effects, with a release of the mega-budget regional movie by SS Rajamouli’s ‘Baahubali-The Beginning’.

In these movie visual effects was used in 90% of the scenes. Nowadays, the filmmakers in India are using VFX as a device to relate the story more efficiently such as ‘BajiraoMastani’, ‘I’, ‘Hawaizaade’, ‘Detective ByomkeshBakshi’, ‘Bombay Velvet’ and ‘BajrangiBhaijaan’.

Several famous TV programs used the VFX technology successfully like in ‘Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat’, which depicts the journey of Emperor Ashoka, Naagin on Colour’s, ‘Siya Ke Ram’ on Star Plus and many more.

To list the most popular serials, it comes ‘Ramayana’ directed by Ramanand Sagar and ‘Mahabharat’ directed by B R Chopra used VFX so artistically as a part of whimsical serials.

Many TV channels such as Color, Star Plus, Zee TV, Sony, &TV, Life OK and SAB have on track several shows with skilful use of visual effects in order to enhance the content and provide the quality experience to the viewer.

Final Verdict

The Animation industry is facing several challenges like tax incentives, deficiency of government enforced infrastructural setup, the convergence of digital media and finance support.

In spite of these challenges, Animation and VFX industry is emerging to a great extent.

Despite being prized at Annecy in 2015, by the world’s oldest, largest and most prestigious Animation film festival.

It is necessary for the government of India to support, drive and enforce the industry to grow and become the world no.1 industry around the globe.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

FAVOURITE 5 COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS

Every child has got some comic characters fantasies of their own.

And when they see their fantasies being portrayed by comic characters on screen, they start loving them.


Animation Characters leave a huge impact on the child and they get influenced by the actions of the characters.

The comic that we used to watch during our childhood were much better than what our children are seeing now.

In our Childhood, during the 80’s and 90’s, the animations were more character based, based on the central character.

Most favorite comic book characters which reminds us of our childhood days are the following:-



Tintin – Tintin is the central character of the comic series ‘The adventures of Tintin’.

It is created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi who wrote under the pen name Hergé & is a series of 24 comic albums,

Out of the most popular European comics of the 20th century, this was one among them.

Studios Hergé produced the canonical versions of ten Tintin albums created by Herge in 1950.

The Hero of the series is Tintin, a courageous young Belgian reporter and adventurer.

He is aided by his faithful dog Snowy.

Other protagonists include the brash and cynical Captain Haddock and the intelligent but hearing-impaired Professor Calculus.

As well as the incompetent detectives Thomson and Thompson  and the opera diva Bianca Castafiore.

Tintin, along with his dog Snowy and Captain Haddock gets involved in dangerous cases, which he solves with his intelligence and heroism and gets the culprit arrested at the end of the day.



Tintin travels to real locations such as the Belgian Congo, the United States, Egypt, India, China, and the United Kingdom to solve the cases.

He also goes to fictional countries such as the Latin American republic of San Theodoros, the East European kingdom of Syldavia, or the fascist state Borduria .

Tintin has been much in the news lately, with the 100th anniversary of his creator Hergé.

And yet even after so many years of worldwide popularity, it is still one of the most popular animated characters, till date.


Tom & Jerry –Tom and Jerry is created in 1940, by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, in America. It focuses on the fights between the two central characters, Tom and Jerry.

And many recurring characters.

The series shows comical fights between a house cat (Tom) and a mouse (Jerry).

The plots always revolve around Tom’s futile attempts to capture Jerry and the mayhem and destruction that follow.

Because of Jerry’s cleverness, cunning abilities, and luck, Tom rarely succeeds in catching Jerry.

Throughout the years, Tom and Jerry cartoons remained popular to the viewers all over the world and still now, the show is popular to children of all ages.


Spiderman – Spider-Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Countless forms of media.

Including several animated and live action series, have shown this series.

His actual name is Peter Parker, a High School student, whose parents Richard and Mary Parker got killed in a plane crash. Being an orphan.

He was being raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben in New York City .

As a teenager, he has to deal with the normal struggles of a teenager in addition to those of a costume crime-fighter.

Spider-Man has the ability to shoot spider-webs using wrist-mounted devices of his own invention, which he calls “web-shooters”, cling to most surfaces using spider webs and react to danger quickly with his “spider-sense”.

Spider-Man had to learn for himself that “with great power there must also come great responsibility”, he had no superhero mentor like Captain America and Batman.

A number of supervillains have been created to face Spider-Man over the years, in comics and in other media.

As Spiderman got all the powers after getting bitten by a spider, the majority of the villains’ powers originate with scientific accidents or the misuse of scientific technology.

Many have animal-themed costumes or powers, e.g Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Green Goblin, Electro, and Venom etc.

Spider-Man is one of the most popular and commercially successful superheroes over the years


He-Man – He-Man, having superhuman strength, is the principal character of a series of comic books and several animated television series.

He is the changed character of Prince Adam.

He-Man, along with his friends try to save the secrets of Castle Grayskull & and the reign of Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor.

He was the son of King Randor and Queen Marlena. Being Prince Adam of Eternia, he ruled the Kingdom of Eternia.

The power to transform into He-Man,was endowed to Prince Adam by Sorceress of Castle Grayskull , which Adam did by raising his Power Sword and proclaiming, “By the power of Grayskull…”


Once the transformation was complete, he continued “…I have the power!”

He also is able to return to his former form by saying, “Let the power return.”

A cowardly green tiger named Cringer was Adam’s pet.

Adam transforms Cringer to ‘Battle Cat’ by pointing his sword at him.

An ability Adam discovered accidentally during one of his transformations into He-Man.

Skeletor was He-Man,s main enemy.

He is a blue-skinned sorcerer with a yellow skull for a head (concealed with a cowl).

He was skilled in black magic and all forms of combat.

He was also shown to be extremely cunning and intelligent.

He-Man was possessing superhuman strength, super speed and indestructible skin.

Among the most popular animated children’s shows of the 1980’s, He- Man is one of them.

Over the years, this show has maintained a heavy fan following to this day.


Johny Soko and his Flying Robot – Giant Robo, also known as Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot in the United States, is a Japanese cartoon and live action drama series created by Mitsuteru Yokoyama.

The English-dubbed version of the series, developed by Reuben Guberman for American television, was produced by American International Television and directed by Manuel San Fernando.

The plot was such that the Earth is invaded by an interstellar terrorist group, the Gargoyle Gang in the English version, led by Emperor Guillotine. Guillotine spends most of his time in a multicolored space ship hidden at the bottom of an Earth ocean, from which he issues his orders.

To create rampage on Earth, the group has been capturing scientists to create an army of monsters.

A boy named Daisaku Kusama or Johnny Sokko, and a young man named Jerry Mano, (a member of the secret peacekeeping organization Unicorn) are shipwrecked on an island after their ship is attacked by Dracolon (a sea monster) and captured by Gargoyle Gang.

They end up in an elevator leading to a complex where a Pharaoh-like robot is being built by captive scientist Lucius Guardian, who gives Johnny and Jerry its control device.

Before he is shot to death, Guardian helps them escape. Before he dies, he triggers an atomic bomb which destroys the base.

The explosion activates the robot, which obeys Johnny.

The boy is invited by Jūrō and his chief, Azuma, to join Unicorn and fight Big Fire with Giant Robo.

Guillotine has tentacles extending from the bottom of his head and is a blue-skinned alien.

He wears a long robe, carries a staff with a white orb at one end and can grow to a great height.

From the mid-1980s to the early 1990’s, Johny Soko and his Flying Robot was shown in India.

Johny soko became an idol for the children of his age and many people still now remembers growing up with Johny and his Robot, fighting with the enemies to save the world.

Hope you like our effort in today’s blog to take you down your memory lane and reminding you about those amazing cartoon characters you were in love with.

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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

TOY STORY LESSER KNOWN ANIMATION TECHNIQUE

TOY STORY was premiered more than 20 years from today and became one of the hit trilogies in the history of the animation world.

It was one the first computer animated feature length film.



Pixar animation studios shot to the forefront in the animation world due to the high standards of innovation and creativity that the film emanated.

Even though the movie and the complete set of sequels are a classic when the Toy Story was to be made back in the 1995 it was a huge risk for Walt Disney Studios.

Walt Disney Studios put their belief on the story of a newbie at that point John Lasseter.

However today we know how the little movie based on his story about talking toys when you are not looking, fared in the world of animation.



The movie has an everlasting effect on kids and adults together.

Standing today you can never imagine ‘Woody’ to be mean or sarcastic, imagining Buzz Lightyear without his constant purple and lime green space suit is also another no never.

There are various facts about the animated movie trilogy that is unknown to the common populace.

This article speaks about some of those less known facts about the animation techniques, the characters and a lot more.

Tom Hanks’s brother Jim gave voice to the character of Woody when he himself was busy.
Pixar didn’t want Toy Story to be a fairy tale and tried to inculcate in the film the characters that had flaws in them so as to make the characters more interesting.

There was a lot of problem with the script writing as the writers that the movie development began with included a lot of human characters in the movie not concentrating or grasping the fact that the movie was about toys.

The problem was later sorted when a talented writer named Joss Wedon came on board.
At the beginning the movie was titled as ‘You are a Toy’ the name Toy Story came in much later and was a perfect fit.

Buzz Lightyear was originally named Tempest and his spacesuit was the colour red to begin with.


In order to understand how their characters would actually move when they came to life after being toys the animators became toy soldiers themselves for days by nailing their shoes to wooden planks to understand the movement of the characters.

The sales of etch a sketch was increased by leaps and bounds after the toy was shown in the movie.
This caused the turnover of the company to be increased many fold making the company come out of bankruptcy.



Joss Weldon created the cute character of Rex the dinosaurs which went on to become one of the most loved characters of the movie.

Disney originally wanted the movie to be a musical but the director did not approve of the idea.

He rejected all the six or seven something songs which were suggested by the company for inclusion in the movie.

When the movie was still in its developmental stage nobody could even imagine the immense success that it would be getting not even the two teams Pixar and Disney which were working behind it.

When the movie was finally made looking at the sheer brilliance of the technology employed, the inspired casting alongside the story that was behind the movie it was very clear that the movie was about to hit a nerve and create quite a stir worldwide.

Pixar was initially owned by the Apple Company and almost after nine years of Toy Story’s release Disney acquired Pixar and created various computer animated feature films like it.



The movie was not only the first ever computer animated feature film but also has a lot of other changes in the world of animated films.

Changed the technique used for creation of animated films.

It looked completely different from the predecessors of in the animated film industry.

The movie was the first of its kind in which each of the characters, scenes and sets could be stored in computers, so that the animators didn’t need to draw the same thing again and again.

The digitally stored data from the first film made it possible for its usage in the sequels like in Toy Story 2, creation of products like toys, used in various TV shows and also included efficiently in CD rom games.

The complete economics of the animated world changed with this labor free creation of the film. It not only saved time but also saved a lot of money and other resources.

The Toy story was one of the highest grossing film of 1995 and led to creation of many other lucrative animation films.

The Toy Story and the sheer brilliance of the animation techniques used along with the huge earnings that the company received was in a way the precursor of animated movies being made on a large scale.

It paved the way for securing a place at the Oscars for animated movies.

The movie won a special Oscar earned by their co-writer and director John Lasseter in 1966, for the creation of a first ever feature length computer animated film due to the development and usage of inspired application of techniques.

It was one of the first animated movie to be nominated for Best Original Screenplay.
Its sequel Toy Story 3 even bagged the Best Picture award.

A category for Best Animated Feature was added at the Oscars keeping in mind the brilliance of Toy Story.

Extremely successful stars started showing interest in given voice to animated characters after the success of Toy Story voiced by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.

The creation, filming and successful release of Toy Story removed the stigma of the popular belief that animated movies were only musicals.

There were no musical numbers in the film that would draw excessive attention and take the focus away from the real plot of the movie.

Thus it made Toy Story extremely different from the other animated movies before it. And the story continues……………..