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