Celebrated international animation series comes to Bhutan
The renowned international animation series, Shelldon, dubbed in Dzongkha, was launched in Thimphu on 5 February.
The first international animation series to be dubbed in Dzongkha, Shelldon was launched by Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay coinciding with the first birth anniversary of His Royal Highness Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck as his gift to the children of Bhutan.
Besides helping the Bhutanese children learn Dzongkha, the celebrated series is expected to entertain the senior Bhutanese citizens who did not get a chance to learn Dzongkha earlier.
At the launch, Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay said that the animation series was a special gift from the Gyalsey to the people of Bhutan, especially the Bhutanese children.
“As a small landlocked country, children must learn and understand our national language,” he said, adding that it will benefit children learning the national language at an early age.
“This gift will provide hours of healthy entertainment while instilling wholesome values and improving Dzongkha,” he added.
The animation series is about Shelldon and his friends who face numerous challenges and adversaries, and learn to overcome them. Lyonchen said that, through the series, the Bhutanese children would be able to learn national language as well as life’s lessons through Shelldon’s adventures. He also said that the children could pick up a lot of values from the cartoon series. The story of Shelldon is set near a tropical shoreline, both underwater and above water. The stories are partly educational with a moral of the story at the end of every episode. The production of the animation series is a personal initiative of Lyonchen. He is expected to bring more such international animation series to the country. “Our local ani- mators have talent and we hope that they will be inspired to make such animation series in the future,” he said.
The series has been provided free by the Thai owner of the Sheenut Entertainment who is a friend of Lyonchen.
The series comprises 78 episodes and the characters are voiced by leading Bhutanese actors like Tandin Bidha, Tshering Phuntsho, Deki, Peldon, Tshering Yangden, Lhamo Drukpa and Tsheten Dorji.
Dzongkha Development Commission helped in the translation of the script and Bhutan Film Association contributed voiceovers of the characters from the animation series. The BFA and BBS worked on re-dubbing on the series for a month.
The animation series is telecasted on BBS channel 2 from Monday to Friday at 8 pm and at 4:30pm during the weekends. It is re-broadcast from Monday to Friday at 7am and at 9 am on the weekends.
Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay with the members of Bhutan Film Association and media personnel in BBS