Toonz Animation ties up with Sony

April 4th, 2008 - 6:55 pm ICT by admin  

Thiruvananthapuram, April 4 (IANS) Kerala-based Toonz Animation has entered into a contract with Sony USA for two DVD projects while its training institution has got affiliation from the prestigious European Carolus Magnus University (ECM), Brussels, for its animation courses. The two DVD projects are Playmobile, a combination of animation and games, and Santaclaus. Playmobile will be released later this year and Santaclaus in 2009, Toonz CEO P. Jayakumar told reporters here Friday.

Earlier this year, Toonz completed Dragonlance, a movie that was released in the US. Toonz is part of the international business conglomerate Comcraft Group based in Geneva.

Toonz Academy, one of south Asia’s leading animation training institutions, has centres in Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur and Hyderabad and the ECM affiliation “is international recognition for its courses and a boon for all its students”, Jayakumar said.

ECM is sponsored by the European Economic Chamber of Trade, Commerce and Industry (EECTCI).

“Henceforth, all students passing out from the centres of Toonz in India would get either a diploma or a degree certificate of ECM University. Toonz is the only affiliated academy of ECM,” Aita Singh, president of the Indian branch of EECTCI, told reporters here Friday after handing over the certification to Toonz.

“As of now, the shortage of animators in the country is more than 35,000 and with the animation industry growing at 30 percent every year, close to 98 percent of students who pass out form our centres get placements. And this international affiliation would help those who wish to go for higher studies in animation abroad,” Jayakumar said.

Toonz 12-month course costs Rs.125,000. It also runs short-term courses.

The company plans to open centres in Ahmedabad, Indore, Chennai and Bangalore shortly.

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