Druk­ten-Bhutan’s first 2D an­i­ma­tion film presents in Thim­phu

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The Druk­ten (Dragon’s Trea­sure), the first 2D an­i­ma­tion film based on Bhutanese leg­end was screened at Thim­phu yes­ter­day.

Druk­ten is a so­phis­ti­cated sto­ry­line of the trea­sures of Bhutan where it find hid­den in land and cul­ture. The themed, “friend­ship and unity” is a tale of friend­ship and dis­cov­ery which tells the story of four friends who go on a trea­sure hunt across Bhutan to save their school.

A story writer, Rab­sel Dorji said, “Friend­ship and unity” is to make sure that Druk­ten would be both en­ter­tain­ing as well as ed­uca­tive.”

In the story, the scene of four friends dis­cov­ers new friends and cul­tures at the his­tor­i­cal Bud­dhist struc­ture leg­endary Chorten Kora, Tashiyangtse, which was built in 1740 where a de­mon was sub­dued by 13thJe Sherub Wangchuk.

The prime mo­tive of an an­i­ma­tion was to cre­ate an orig­i­nal, au­then­tic, and Bhutanese al­ter­na­tive to for­eign in­flux of car­toons cur­rently ex­ist in the mar­ket.

The writer said, “We had a story to tell, and we re­al­ized that the best way to tell it was through an an­i­ma­tion art form,” adding it al­lowed them to ex­press their nar­ra­tive in an imag­i­na­tive, col­or­ful, and cre­ative ap­proach that would ap­peal to both chil­dren and adults.

The story is in English be­ing the lan­guage of in­struc­tion in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and it is also based on Bhutanese cul­ture which is ex­pected ev­ery­one to be able to en­joy. Rab­sel said, “We wanted to make sure that peo­ple out­side Bhutan could un­der­stand it too.”

The film took over 16 months to pro­duce from story in­cep­tion to the fi­nal prod­uct. He said the du­ra­tion is quite long be­cause they de­cided to in­vest the en­tire process in-country rather than find­ing cheaper, faster al­ter­na­tives in In­dia. “There is def­i­nitely qual­ity work that can be found in Bhutanese artists,” he added.

The writer ex­pected to con­tinue the tale of Druk­ten and his four friends. “There are no short­ages of won­der­ful Bhutanese folk­tales that can be adapted into an­i­ma­tion, and we are al­ready plan­ning our next film,” he said, “Let’s see how it per­forms in the box of­fice.”

Some of the chal­lenges faced were re­lated to de­vel­op­ing a 2D an­i­ma­tion film for the first time in Bhutan. “It is a big risk fi­nan­cially also, be­cause we have in­vested al­most twice the cost of what a stan­dard Bhutanese film costs,” he said.

An an­i­ma­tion pro­duc­tion com­pany was cre­ated by Rab­sel Dorji and Nawang Eu­den and a Dzongkha ver­sion of Druk­ten an­i­ma­tion will be re­leas­ing soon to the publics.

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