Lovely Doraemon and Shin-Chan

This article is dedicated to those parents whose kids are diehard fans of Doremone cartoon on Hungama channel in India. I am also amongst them, so I try to collect all information about Doremone and Shin Chan cartoons.
Doremone is basically Japanese cartoon series. So first discuss about Japanese cartoon/animation culture. In Japan, there are two kinds of animation style i.e. Anime & Manga

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Anime:
It is reference to those animation styles which originated in Japan.  It includes hand-drawn or computer-generated characters and backgrounds which is visually and thematically different than other forms of animation. Anime is aimed at a broad range of audiences. In simple term, Anime are similar as real characters and not like disproportionate cartoon characters. e.g.  Anime human character has proportionate head, leg, arms etc.

 

Manga:doraemon_shin_chan
It refers to ‘Comics’ or ‘Whimsical image’ in Japanese. Manga developed from a mixture of ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints & paintings) and Western style of drawing, and took its current form shortly after World War II. Manga usually published in black and white. In simple words Manga characters are more like cartoons characters i.e. exaggerated physical features such as large eyes, big hair and elongated limbs etc.

Now let’s talk about Doraemon cartoons, a big hit animation series on Hungama channel in India.
Doraemon is a Japanese manga series created by Fujiko F. Fujio (Pen name Hiroshi Fujimoto) and Fujiko A. Fujio (pen name Moto Abiko) which later became an anime series. This series is about robotic cat named Doremon, who time travel from 22nd century to help a schoolboy Nobita Nobi.
Doraemon was first appeared in December 1969 in six different magazines. Total 1, 344 stories were created in the original series. The best thing about Doraemon is about its moral lesson to children’s which are very effective in delivery.  In India, Doraemon  series comes on Hungama channel and this Hindi dub language series is superb. I have found the language quality and selection of words in Hindi dubbed version really fantastic still simple. Due to this kids are learning/grasping language very fast and clearly.

Awards receive by Doraemon:
1. Japan Cartoonist Association Award (1973)
2. Shogakukan Manga Award for Children’s manga (1982)
3. Osmau Tezuka Culture Award (1997)
4. Nations first ‘Anime Ambassador’ (2008), by Japan’s Foreign Ministry

More details about Doraemon:
doraemonWord ‘Doraemon’ means ‘stray cat’ in Japanese.
Doraemon is sent back in time by Nobita Nobi’s great great grandson Sewashi to improve Nobita’s circumstances so that his descendants may enjoy a better future.  In animation series, Nobita shows as a lazy and irresponsible schoolboy, who is weak physically and academically, this nature led subsequent failure in his life and career, and put his future family line beset with financial problems. To change Nobi family fortune, Sewashi sent a robot called Doraemon.
Doraemon has a magical pocket from which he can bring many gadgets etc. which solves Nobita’s problems. This pocket is called Yojigen-pocket.
Doraemon is afraid of mouse because his ears are eaten up by rats, although he can hear perfectly.
Nobita is in fourth grade, and his friends include Shizuka, Jaian, Suneo, Dekisugi, Nobita’s parents, his school teacher, Doraemon’s sister, Dorami etc. Every character has its own mannerism, which is very lovely and attractive. Main thing in whole animation is the moral lessons with simple storyline. Animation shows Japanese culture (not heavily) but still you don’t feel lost; because series talks about story, its characters and funny incidents. That means animation is appealing for international audiences also, which is main selling point of animation in international market.

In late 1980s there were rumors about the series finale.
1. It was supposed that due to battery power ran out, Doraemon become dead.  There are two solution for this problem, battery need to replace but it cause reset and Doraemon lose all memory, or wait for the competent robotic technique (technician). Nobita will hurt by this incident and start work hard in school, graduate with honors, and become robotics technician. He successfully resurrected Doraemon in the future as a robotic professor, and became successful as an AI (Artificial Intelligent) developer. And this way his future has changed and he lives happily ever after.
Some more theories were their but they are more pessimistic. When Fujiko Fujio duo broke up in 1987, the idea of an official ending to the series was never discussed. Fujiko F. died in 1996.

Shin-chan
Crayon Shin-chan is a Japanese manga and anime series written by Yoshito Usui. The future of the manga is uncertain due to the death of doraemon_shin_chan_familyYoshito Usui in September 2009. It first appeared in April 13, 1992 on TV Asahi. This series is having lots of influence of Japanese culture and language based humors, due to which it is very difficult to translate humor properly in to other international languages. Its humor is little bit adult, so in Indian scenario it had created big controversies when it was first appeared on Hungama TV in 2005. Due to lots of controversies about his style and language, the show stopped airing. Later, by popular demand, the show was editied and began airing again. Content is edited according to the Indian children’s.  Shin-chan series having different characters, such as Shin-chan mom, dad and his sister Hemawari, his teacher etc.

 
References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Anime_and_Manga
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doremon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shin_Chan

Images used are from Google search.

 

Avatar: New era of virtual movie making

avatar_img_01‘Avatar’….yes a movie which is creating history right now. After ‘Lord of the Rings triology’ this is another movie which is responsible for changing the film and entertainment industries perspective, I also want to add game industry into it because game industry will get a huge benefit from technologies which ‘Avatar’ develops.
I watched this movie on first day first show and that too was morning 7.30 AM show. I want to tell that not only technology wise but philosophically also this movie is great. It shows the bonding between nature and its creatures in an emotional way, we don’t skip this aspect of the movie.

My friends were asking me to write something on ‘Avatar’ and its technology, but I need time to search and read articles before writing something. I find out some nice information, so let’s share.

James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ is continuing its domination on box office worldwide in its fourth week, film domestic total till now is $429 million. And overseas, ‘Avatar’ grossing are $902 million (Reference: http://www.animationmagazine.net/article/11030).  WOW !!! don’t you want to say. It will soon toppling down Cameron’s last box office hit ‘Titanic’, which has done business of $ 1.8 billion.

Before starting to talk on technologies I just want to describe some definitions:
CG = Computer Graphics
CGI = Computer Generated Imagery

CGI is a specific application of CG in that it refers to the use of computer graphics to create synthetic imagery. However, the two terms are sometimes used inter-changeably in the visual effects industry.
In a broad sense, computer-generated is an adjective that describes any element created by a computer– as opposed to shot live on a set or location.

Stereoscopic 3D (S3D): Stereoscopy, or stereoscopic imagery, uses the characteristics of human binocular vision to create the illusion of avatar_img_02depth, making objects appear to be in front of or behind the cinema screen. The technique relies on presenting the right and left eyes with two slightly different images which the brain automatically blends into a single view. Subtle right-left dissimilarities in the images create the perception of depth and can be manipulated to creative advantage. Therein lies the art of stereoscopic filmmaking. (Reference: www.autodesk.com)

Now comes to technologies used in ‘Avatar’. Lightstorm Entertainment, production company of James Cameron’s, developed a new motion picture production process to create the groundbreaking sci-fi epic ‘Avatar’. They combine live action 3D and computer generated, photo-real visual effects to develop a great sci-fi story.

Ubisoft, a game company, also launch ‘Avatar’ in a third-person adventure game form. It can be played with stereoscopic 3D (S3D) display.
Lightstorm Entertainment, pioneered a new method for making visual effects movie with advanced virtual cinematography techniques. They use ‘Autodesk®MotionBuilder®’ and ‘Autodesk®Maya®’ software for this film. Production team captures actor’s performances and apply them directly to computer graphics (CG) characters, while viewing the results in real-time. This movie sets a new standards in stereoscopic 3D(S3D) productions. Lightstorm refined the performance capture techniques and apply them to high resolution Maya character models to create realistic, believable, animation.

This movie starts new era of virtual moviemaking, which gives full freedom to director’s creativity. Hoping that in near future Directors try to replace actors with this CG characters….which doesn’t have any date problem and exorbitant fees….:)

 
References: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?id=14270942&siteID=123112; http://www.animationmagazine.net/article/11030; google search