Disney Channel acquires animated series Ek Tha Jungle

MUMBAI: Disney Channel has acquired the animated TV series Ek Tha Jungle, which is based on the ancient Tamil literature Thirukkural.

The series has been developed as animal fables by Accel Animation Studios, Chennai and showcases couplets from Thirukkural written by noted Tamil poet, Sri Thiruvalluvar. Each episode has a universal theme presented in modern day, 3D animated format.

Walt Disney Television International India Associate Director Programming Devika Prabhu says, "Disney Channel is committed to showcase evergreen stories that transcend generations and are locally relevant. Ek Tha Jungle is one of the many steps that we will take to enliven Indian storytelling heritage which continues to remain thoroughly entertaining and equally relevant to modern day India."

Set for a premiere on Disney Channel on 5 April, 2010 at 9.30 am Monday to Thursday, every episode of Ek Tha Jungle showcases a universal theme and strong life lessons.

"Our endeavor is to introduce the new generation of young Indians to some wonderful stories from our rich history, culture and heritage, presented in a modern day, relatable format,” adds Devika.

Thirukkural has been translated into several languages across the world. Each story of Ek Tha Jungle establishes a Kural (couplet) from Thirukkural told through animal characters. Some popular stories include The Clever Monkey, The Helping Bear and The Rabbit and the Tortoise.

Accel chairman and executive producer of Ek Tha Jungle N R Panicker says, "When Accel Animation Studios set out to create its own properties for Television media, we decided to embark on socially relevant subjects. There is no better way than adapting the evergreen Thirukkural to narrate stories to the young audience. We are delighted to partner with Disney Channel, to bring this classic work to the Indian audience."

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