UTV Toons Bags 3D Animation Project

Mumbai: | Updated: Nov 27 2002, 05:30am hrs
UTV Toons, animation division of UTV Software Communications, has made a foray into 3D animation by signing a co-production deal worth $1.5 million with Ricochets Productions in France.

The 3D animated TV show, MICA, will consist of 26 episodes of five minutes each. The deal was signed on Tuesday. UTVs share of the total project will be slightly more than 50 per cent. Three international satellite broadcasters have already agreed to telecast the series, said UTV Toons chief operating officer Biren Ghose. UTV Toons has a presence in 2D animation and recently entered into the production of digital animation series using Flash for a North American television network.

Several studios across Europe, South Asia and China were vying for the project. We chose UTV on the basis of their quality of animation and interpretation of the content, said Ricochets Productions promoter and director Anthya Flores.

United Studios, the post-production division of UTV and the newly acquired Western Outdoor, has utilised 3D animation in short form programming for motion pictures, TV and ad films. UTV will leverage these in-house resources to develop its long form 3D production business. While Ricochets Productions will do the pre-production and the post-production work, UTV Toons will be responsible for all the production including layouts, animation, texturing, rendering and compositing the show, Mr Bose said.