WELCOME TO THE 115th EDITION OF "THE fd ZONE" !
"THE fd ZONE" is happy to bring you an extensive selection of animation films made by the Cartoon Film Unit of Films Division. These will be screened over two sessions, on 25th October and 8th November, 2014.The films reflect the preoccupation of the state organisation and its use of the very specific medium of the cartoon film to reinforce the desired messages. The films also reflect the development of different styles of animation in the first few decades of Indian cinema history, with names that appear with regularity in the FD catalogue: Govind Saraiya, Pramod Pati, Dilip Jamdar, VG Samant, Ram Mohan and Bhim Sen. The attempt was to adapt the western technique of animation and Indianise it in terms of the characters' appearance and movement and apply them to the very specific context of the growing nation.The Cartoon Film Unit was later named the Animation Unit and continued to make nation-building and public service spots, 'quickies' as they were called, many of which became a part of our collective consciousness through their dissemination on Doordarshan and now on the internet. The film will be presented in chronological order over two sessions, two weeks apart.THE FD CARTOON FILMS ( PART 1 )THE WAR THAT NEVER ENDS1949, 7 min, English, B/W, Rajbans Krishan
This cartoon film attempts to acquaint people with preventive methods of fighting disease. It emphasises the necessity of ensuring cleanliness and countering superstition, the scourge of the masses.
THE METRIC SYSTEM
1958, 9 min, English, B/W, Govind Saraiya
The metric system was introduced in India from October 1, 1958. This system is meant to standardize all weights and measures and simplify transactions. This documentary, done entirely in animation, gives a very interesting picture of the earlier chaos in weights and measures and explains how the metric system has been introduced to simplify calculations.
THIS OUR INDIA
1961, 9 min, English, Colour, Pramod Pati
This cartoon film, presents in a nutshell, with the help of animated maps and diagrams, some geographical and economic facts about India. It shows how the people of India under the Five Year Plan Projects are striving to achieve a fuller and better life for all.
HEALTHY AND HAPPY
1962, 11 min, English, B/W, Pramod Pati
By observing simple rules of hygiene and sanitation, sickness and disease can be banished and this is what the cartoon, meant for audience in rural areas, attempts to depict. While explaining the two important aspects of rural sanitation - clean and safe drinking water and the use of sanitary latrines, the film also depicts the proper methods of constructing sanitary wells and latrines.
MY WISE DADDY
1965, 4 min, English, B/W, Govind Saraiya
This film brings out the importance of family planning. It shows a happy family life in a comfortable home where all the children are properly looked after by both the patents.
IT IS THE LIMIT
1966, 5 min, B/W, English
The benefits of vasectomy are stressed in this film as the answer to family planning.
1968, 7 min, English, B/W, Dilip Jamdar
This short quickie is in praise of dignity of labour. The idea is based on a tale from the Ramayana.
1971, 6 min, English, Colour, Govind Saraiya
There are quite a large number of travellers who do not care to purchase a ticket while travelling by railways. This is an offence and the film cheating the railways and the nation.
1971, 6 min, English, Colour, Leo Lionni
This animation film is based on Mr. Leo Lionni's children's book"Swimmy". The theme of the film is unity.
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Upcoming programmes at "THE fd ZONE" Mumbai
31st and November 1st and 2nd - "Our Lives to Live' film festival, courtesyIAWRT.
November 8th - The FD Cartoon Films ( Part 2 )
"THE fd ZONE" team
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