10 fun animated films that impart knowledge about Indian culture and mythology

The visual medium is extremely powerful. We learn from what we see, so it’s important to make sure the little ones are watching meaningful content. And mythological dramas are a way to illuminate the rich Indian culture and traditions. Animated films do a great job of providing such content in an entertaining way.

As Independence Day draws near, we took a peek into the magnificent world of animated shorts and feature films, and discovered a whole new realm of Indian treasures. From mythological tales told to social posts to animation – these 10 Indian animated films are a wide array of brilliant creations.

Here is a list of animated films that will creatively help kids learn about Indian mythology and culture:

1) Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama

Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama is a 1992 Indo-Japanese traditional animated film directed and produced by Yugo Sako and based on the Indian epic Ramayana. The original English version with Sanskrit songs was screened and broadcast on a personal video under various names including Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama and Warrior prince.

Ramayana is perhaps the best epic for teaching children good and bad. The film beautifully portrays the story from the birth of Lord Rama to his battle with the villainous Ravana.

It was considered a top-notch Japanese animated film, considering the time period it was released. The audience could feel the depth of the character in the animation, and the wide angles of the ancient cities made the visuals more stunning. The camera angle and precise direction are amazing and will make you feel like you’re inside the movie even if you’re not. The film won the award for best animated film of the year at the 2000 Santa Clarita International Film Festival in the United States.

The film can be viewed on various YouTube channels.

2) Mahabharat

Released in 2013, this epic drama is considered one of Bollywood’s most expensive animated films. The film portrays the story of the legendary battle in an entertaining way. It is interesting to hear the voice overs of popular stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn and Vidya Balan among others. This film is a must-see for everyone because of its engaging content and gripping portrayal of events.

Hindi-language computer-animated historical drama film is directed by Amaan Khan. Mahabharat is produced by Kushal Kantilal Gada and Dhaval Jayantilal Gada.

The entire film is available for free on the Pen Movies YouTube channel.

3) Arjun: the warrior prince

A joint collaboration between Walt Disney Animation Studio and UTV Pictures, Arjun: The Warrior Prince, is a mythological animated film chronicling the life of Arjun from his childhood to his heroic days. Directed by Arnab Chaudhuri, the action-packed film delivers the full experience, thanks to the brilliant aesthetics of Visual Computing Labs. It was a groundbreaking feature film and the first Indian animated film to feature at the Oscars in a long time. It has also been nominated for best feature film at almost all of the prestigious international animation festivals – Annecy, Holland, Ottawa – again a first for Indian animation.

And, although the 96-minute adventure moves away from the of the Mahabharata narrating Arjun’s story, the artistic freedoms of the writer make it a whole new experience guaranteed to keep you captivated. Arjun: the warrior prince released in 2012 and is one of the greatest achievements of the Indian animation industry.

The film is available on Netflix.

4) Hanuman

Narrated by Mukesh Khanna (our beloved Shaktimaan), this film depicts the life of Lord Hanuman since his birth. It’s fascinating for children to see Hanuman’s innocent misdeeds as he uses his divine powers to harass the saints. The film also shows how the monkey god used his intelligence and abilities to save the goddess Sita from Ravana’s imprisonment.

Hanuman was released in 2005 and is directed by VG Samant. The Indian animated feature film is produced by Percept Picture Company and Silvertoons. It is India’s first fully animated feature film to hit theaters and was a box office success.

The full film is available on YouTube.

5) Krishna aur Kans

Hailed as India’s first stereoscopic animated film, Krishna aur Kans is a gripping tale full of action and drama. The film chronicles Krishna’s early years – from his birth as the archenemy of his tyrannical uncle Kans, to his battle against deadly demons until he was 10 years old. This gripping film brings Krishna’s various adventures and miracles to life, with the aim of achieving his goal on earth – to end evil.

The film teaches a great lesson by showing the battle between Krishna and his evil uncle Kansa; and depicts that good always wins in the end. The Hindi flash animated film was released in 2012 and was produced and distributed by Reliance Entertainment. It was directed by Vikram Veturi.

You can watch the full movie on Amazon Prime Video.

6) Bal Ganesh

This animated musical film has many versions, which feature all the adventures of Lord Ganesha. The story brings together fun examples from Ganesha’s childhood, which makes it interesting for children to watch. He also introduces viewers to Mooshak (the mouse) who is Ganesha’s companion in all his misdeeds. Despite his youth, Ganesh fights the forces of evil and protects the world.

The animated characters of Bal Ganesh are emotional; excellent work done by the voice over artists. They are always endearing throughout the film as they indulge in their naughty antics. The movie is a great way to bring children closer to the real hero, the almighty! Bal Ganesh was released in 2007 and was directed by Pankaj Sharma.

You can watch the full movie on Amazon Prime Video.

7) Tales of Lord Shiva

Created by Chotoonz, an online channel of Toonz Entertainment Company, Tales of Lord Shiva was made in two parts which were released in 2009. The animated film features a grandmother telling the many heroic stories of Lord Shiva to her grandchildren. This series of mythological films is a beautiful testimony to the art of storytelling.

The film begins with the story of the great marriage of Shiva and Parvati in the history of time. You can also see stunning visuals depicting Hanuman’s story, his birth, and the incidents of his childhood. The grandmother also shares the story of the famous fight between Lord Shiva and Brahma during the creation of mankind and is a delight to watch.

Both parts of the film are available on Dailymotion – Chotoonz’s channel.

8) Chaar Sahibzaade

The Indo-Punjabi 3D animated historical drama film written and directed by Harry Baweja was released in 2014. It is based on the sacrifices of the sons of the tenth Sikh Guru Guru Gobind Singh – Sahibzada Ajit Singh, Jujhar Singh, Zorawar Singh and Fatah Singh. Om Puri provided the narration for the film and it was also the highest grossing Punjabi film at the time of its release.

Chaar Sahibzaade is a non-linearly narrated motion capture animated film. The design and creation of the animation as well as its 3D effects are spectacular and every frame of the inspirational film is eye-catching and awe-inspiring. The music fits perfectly into the narrative and the background score enhances the viewing experience.

A suite titled Chaar Sahibzaade: The Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur was released on November 11, 2016.

The full film is available on YouTube.

9) Akbar Birbal

For anyone who grew up reading the witty exchanges between the Great Emperor Akbar and his quick-witted Minister Birbal, this film offers you a flashback to those fond childhood memories. Directed by Nitin Vijay Supekar, the iconic tales of Akbar and Birbal come to life on screen, albeit in amateur animation. And the highlight of this movie is its beautifully crafted storyline and the nostalgia associated with each scene.

You can watch the entire film on YouTube.

ten) Pandavas: the five warriors

Pandavas: the five warriors is an excellent film in English, which tells the classic Indian tale of one of India’s greatest epics The Mahabharata. The story depicts the eternal struggle between good and evil. It is the story of the five ‘Pandava’ brothers and their war against their cousins ​​’The Kauravas’. The epic conclusion to the Kurukshetra battlefield is wonderfully filmed and the visuals will keep you glued to the screens.

The 2000 Hindu mythological animated film is directed by Usha Ganesh Raja and produced by Pentamedia Graphics. It is India’s first computer animated film and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English. The film placed third at the Vancouver Effects & Animation Film Festival (2001) held in Canada.

You can watch the full movie on JioCinema.

~ Happy 75th Indian Independence!

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