June 16-2014
Indian animation gets its blue eyed boy in ‘Arjun: Prince of Bali’

Not too long ago, 1 June to be specific, Disney India in collaboration with Green Gold Animation began airing ‘Arjun: Prince of Bali’ every Sunday at 9 am. So AnimationXpress.com felt it was about time to review the series.

The story revolves around the daily life of the young Prince of Bali, royalty, bravery, compassion and loads of challenges. Arjun, is being raised to be skilled in the arts of warfare, his is learning the use of weapons, to ride and to hunt.

The character detailing is well executed and very much relatable, though set in the scenic beauty of Bali there is considerable creative liberty taken to give the characters a more Indian feel and look, keeping in mind the Indian audience.

The introductory music is very catchy and hummable, and that is certainly something both companies must be proud of; music being very important in any visual communication as it greatly adds to the overall experience of the visual spectacle.

The protagonist – Arjun – is very likable and relatable as a character; he’s like any kid of his age who wants to explore the world but at the same time has other responsibilities to fulfill as well. He’s ably supported by other characters on the show like his pet tiger Zimbu, which accompanies him on his adventures and Pucho, who happens to be the son of the guard Bairoo and aspires to follow in his father’s footstep to protect Arjun from any dangers on his journeys.

The other important aspect that ‘Arjun: Prince of Bali’ has going in its favour is the focus on family values and relationships. Not many Indian animations in the recent past have tried to harness this quotient and really leverage it in terms of grabbing the attention of the Indian audience. Even a Japanese anime like ‘Shin-Chan’ continues to work its magic on Indian kids leveraging his relationship with his parents, baby-sister, dog, neighbours and friends.

With the series following Arjun on his various adventures that include not only well executed action sequences, but also sorcery and magic, it’s a good opportunity for Indian kids to not only enjoy the stories but also learn family values and respect relationships along the way.

The show has already completed three weeks and is looking good to have a long innings on Indian television; if it sticks to its guns and keeps refreshing its content and storylines.

We at AnimationXpress.com would like to wish Disney and Green Gold Animation the best from our side.

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