Over $1 million spent on Er Tostik and Aidakhar 3D cartoon 03 апреля 2013, 11:33
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Poster for Er Tostik and Aidakhar movie. Photo courtesy of KazakhFilm©
$1.2 million were spent to create the first Kazakhstan feature-length cartoon Er Tostik and Aidakhar, Tengrinews.kz reports citing the press-service of KazakhFilm studio.
The work on the cartoon took around 3 years. The movie was released on March 21. The team of experts that worked on the cartoon included 50 people. “3.5 years ago the Animation Center was created in KazakhFilm and the work on Er Tostik and Aidakhar started at about the same time,” the president of KazakhFilm Yermek Amanshayev told during the press-conference.
Initially the movie was supposed to be made in 2D. However, later the decision was made to make it 3D. “We hope that people will appreciate our efforts. We are happy that we are capable of making feature-length movies. It will doubtlessly go down in the contemporary history of Kazakhstan animation,” the movie’s director Zhaken Dadenov said.
The 3D animation technology includes both draughtmanship of solid objects and motion capture. This is the technology that was used to create characters of Hollywood movies like The Adventures of Tintin and Avatar. The soundtrack to the movie was written by composer Ruslan Kara.
The president of KazakhFilm is confident that they are not afraid of competition. Er Tostik was released at the same time with The Croods produced by DreamWorks Entertainment.
The Kazakhstan cartoon is based on Kazakh national fairytales. “We extracted the plots applicable for animation and suitable for children. We tried to make it corresponding to the genre and the modern look of the feature-length cartoons,” the director said. The cartoon is about a battle of the powerful batyr (hero) Er-Tostik with underworld evil forces that united and turned into Aidakhar dragon.
The characters were voiced by Kazakhstan actors. The voice of the main character belongs to Dulygy Akmolda. The magic creatures helping the hero during the travel were voiced by Azamat Kanapiyatev, Beibyt Muslimov and Yerzhan Tussupov. The project also involved Yeldar Otrabayev, Merei Adzhibekov, Kadyrbek Demessin, Akkenzhe Alimkhan and Lidiya Kaden.
The press-conference also involved presentations of items for children with the cartoon’s characters: diaries, copybooks, drawing books, color paper, Bristol boards and comic books based on the cartoon’s plot.