Cel­e­brated in­ter­na­tional an­i­ma­tion se­ries comes to Bhutan

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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

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