Feature Film

First Look: ‘The Donkey King’ From Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan-based Talisman Studios has released a teaser trailer for its family-friendly cg animated feature The Donkey King.

The film follows the adventures of Mangu Mangu Jan Mangu, a daydreaming donkey who has aspirations to be more successful in life.

Aziz Jindani, 39, who was involved in Commander Safeguard, a Pakistani cg series sponsored by Procter & Gamble, directs Donkey King.

“Mangu is a dreamer,” Jindani told local Pakistani media. “He is adamant to change his life and not live with what he’s born with. That’s what makes the film special.” The filmmakers have taken a cue from American film studios; they are stressing in publicity that The Donkey King is an all-ages family film, rather than a children’s film.

The Donkey King will release through Geo Films in Pakistan on October 13.

Pakistan has been ramping up its feature animation production. Earlier this year, 3rd World Studios released the cg feature Allahyar and The Legend of Markhor, which was notable for how it integrated Unreal Engine 4’s real-time rendering into its production pipeline.

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