Maya, Vimanika bring mythological characters to TV

16 Oct,2012

By A Correspondent


Maya Digital Studios and Vimanika comics have come together to bring mythological comic characters into their animated avatars. Maya Digital Studios will be creating an animated TV series and TV Film based on one of Vimanika’s best selling comic, The Sixth: The Karna. The project titled ‘The Sixth: Karna – The Warrior Kid’, is a contemporary take on the story of the legendary warrior in a format meant for the kids of today.


The story of ‘The Sixth: Karna – The Warrior Kid’ revolves around the adventures of a present day 9-year-old boy who happens to be the reincarnation of the great warrior Karna.


The TV Film will be a 70 minute long, followed by a series of 104, 11 minute stories that will be created based on this comic series. An exclusive preview of the series will be presented at the Mumbai Comic Con 2012. The film and the show are primarily aimed at kids in the age-group 7-10 and promise an action adventures treat for them, with a subtle connection in the Indian mythology.


Internationally, comic books’ getting converted into cinematic of televised content is a very popular trend. In the recent past we have also witnessed the Indian market warming up to this trend. And taking the lead in this territory is Maya.


Maya Digital Studios is an animation, visual effects & 2D to 3D conversion studio. In the recent past they have created a 3D animated show out of Lotpot comics popular Motu Patlu and converted Amar Chitra Katha’s Sons of Ram into stereoscopic 3D.


Speaking about the association, Ketan Mehta, Chairman & Managing Director, Maya Digital Studios said, “For a child, comics are the first interface with reading & animation with content viewing. Our focus at Maya is to bring in the best possible comic content into an animated form. The Sixth is precisely such a highly contemporary yet traditionally rooted concept, and with our animation, we’ll take this already popular brand to an altogether new level.”


Adding further, Suhas Kadav, Head of the Animation Department at Maya & the director of the film & the series said, “‘The Sixth: Karna – The Warrior Kid’ has an extremely engaging and interesting story. Keeping in mind the core TG of 7-10 year olds, we have woven the story around the great Karna, in such a way that today’s kids enjoy the action and adventure, and get to know some secrets of the great Indian warrior.”


Vimanika comics have garnered umpteenth accolades for their various mythological comics. The Sixth Karna is a story a real hero. He had all the attributes and characteristics of a god but flaws like a human. Karna was born to a royal family and yet he led the life of a lower caste. But more than that, the story highlights how he overcame all the abuses and challenges life threw at him. All in all it is a story from which the reader can draw inspiration.


The Sixth Karna is a very popular brand both – Nationally and Internationally. The comic has a huge cult following which prodded the creators to present the comic via the digital platform.


Says Karan Vir Arora, CEO, Vimanika Comics, “This is an exciting collaboration. It is definitely a huge leap for us where in we will be able to reach out a wider audience. The film and series will be in tandem with the artwork and story line of the comic. However there will be necessary creative changes as it’s a different medium. The Indian mythology has varied layers and our team at Vimanika has always been striving to engage the youth to get affluent and inspired by Indian culture and our rich ancient history.”


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