Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gaturro - Cartoon film - Argentine humour with Indian technology

Gaturro is the product of Argentine humour and imagination combined with Indian ingenuity and technology. It is a 90 minute 3D animated cartoon film.

Gaturro is a popular comic character created by the famous Argentine cartoonist Christian Dzwonik (Nik ). He has used Gaturro to make jokes on Argentine politics, society and everyday life. Gaturro is an ingenious cat, with interesting and funny perspectives of the world and the Argentine political situation. Gaturro is presented as an antihero, observer of the world and eternally in unrequited love with Agatha, the female cat character. Some say that Gaturro is like a typical Argentine macho.... lot of show and lot more madness !! There are more than 30 Gaturro books. They have become popular not only in Latin America but even in France, Norway and Spain. Gaturro has its own website

Here is the 39 year-old Nik

Here is a sample of Gaturro cartoon, in which the change of his mood from Tuesday to Monday is depicted. Monday at the end is the dead day !!

The Gaturro film is the story of his love with Agatha. Since Agatha is hard-to-get, Gaturro tries all kinds of brave and foolish tricks to catch her attention. In this pursuit, Gaturro makes a mess of himself, gets into all kinds of troubles, passes through hilarious situations and finally realises that it is better to be oneself rather than role playing.

Here is Gaturro, the showman..

Illusion Studios of Argentina are coproducing this six million dollar film in collaboration with Toonz Animation of India. They signed the coproduction agreement in May 2009. The production has already started and the movie will be released in 2010. Jose Luis Massa CEO of Illusion Studios, the two-year old firm of Buenos Aires , is excited like Gaturro with the Indian collaboration. It has ambitious plans to be a major player in Latin America

For Jayakumar, CEO of Toonz Animation, Trivandrum-based company, this is the first joint venture with Latin America. Toonz Animation is an established global player and has a staff of over 500.

I am sure Gaturro is going to inspire more such joint ventures between the Argentine talents and Indian technology. The Argentine human resources are very creative, imaginative and inventive. This is the assessment of the seven Indian IT companies which employ 800 Argentine staff in Buenos Aires. The city of Buenos Aires inspires imagination with its the largest number of theatres, music concerts, literary and cultural activities in Latin America. The Colon Theatre of Buenos Aires is one of the best in the world.
I hope Nik will start a new series of Gaturro going to India in search of a Bollywood actress......

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mexican company invests in Indian cinema halls

Mexican cinema chain CinĂ©polis will invest 160 million dollars in south India for setting up multiplexes across the four states. This will make India the country with their largest market outside Mexico. They will open around 500 screens, 50 per cent of which will be in the southern cities, in the next seven years and for every screen, they will be spending around $700,000.” Most of the funds would go in rentals and in developing screens. The amount would be funded through internal accruals. CinĂ©polis is in talks with 200 mall developers and had signed up for around 110 screens in eight cities, of which 62 per cent are in the south. It would commence operations by the second half of 2009. Its first screen is scheduled to be launched in November at Amristar. The company, the fifth largest theatre chain in the world, is aiming to move up to the fourth slot. It operates more than 2,000 screens in six countries.