Cartoon Network’s Snaptoons to develop five animation shorts from India

Mumbai: Cartoon Network continues its intensive search for the next generation of iconic cartoons with the batch of developed concepts and ideas.

These ideas were culled from over 300 entries received for Snaptoons (Short New Asia Pacific Cartoons), the network’s pan-Asian original content development initiative. Cartoon Network’s in-house Snaptoons team has been working with the shortlisted creators in developing 10 ideas and will produce at least five completed shorts this year, with a view for further development of the most promising concepts. Of the 10 shortlisted concepts, five are from India.

The five short-listed India projects are Kul-Veera from Graphiti Multimedia Pvt. Ltd.; Sulochana from Miditech Pvt Ltd; Johnny Goes To Bollywood from Famous House of Animation; The Firebirds from Splash! Communications and Guide to the Only Planet by Shoot at Sight. The other five are from Australia, (FWAK! Animation and Bogan Entertainment Solutions); Malaysia (Inspidea Sdn. Bhd.); Taiwan (Sofa Studio) and Thailand (Ittirit House). The commissioned entrants will have their world premiere exclusively on Cartoon Network across selected Asia Pacific feeds in 2009.

"The quality and depth of the ideas reinforces our belief that Asia Pacific is truly an unlimited source of talent that the animation world should take note of. This is an ambitious stage of Cartoon Network’s long-term commitment in development and we are very excited that we may just be working on the next generation of cartoon heroes in the league of BEN 10, The Powerpuff Girls or Johnny Bravo," said Turner Entertainment Networks Asia, vice president, content Mark Eyers.

He added, "We are looking forward to the next stage, when we can see the results of helping creators realise their vision at an international level, providing them the best creative and technical support and global exposure of their idea. Cartoon Network is investing in the creation of the shorts, for the ultimate consideration of being greenlit into a series and consumed across every platform – mobile, online, television, as well as licensing and merchandising."