The first hand-made animation film is all set to release in 2020 after a long wait of four years.
The first hand-made animation film is all set to release in 2020 after a long wait of four years.

Inspired by Studio Ghibli and Japanese Anime, Usman Riaz wanted to take his obsession for animation to next level. Unlike He was intrigued by how beautiful and genuine the method of hand-drawn animations was and this sow a seed of dream in his heart to be the part of the magical world of anime and his unrelenting passion to learn hand drawn animation made him wish to establish a platform in Pakistan where there’s no industry of animation.

By holding workshops in various areas, he got his hands on unexpected people with unbelievable talent some of which were doctors and dentists who buried their desire of pursuing animation a long ago because they thought it would be a lost-cause. Despite all difficulties, they worked together through thick and think to form the very first hand-drawn animation studio in Pakistan, called Mano studios who sent a love letter in which they poured their heart out, to hand drawn animations by releasing a prelude of a project named “The Glassworker”. The Glassworker is Pakistan-Urdu language animated film that revolves around two children in their naïveté, living in an European town, Waterfront. A young boy named Vincent, learning the art of Glass blowing by working in a shop of his father, who is also a glassworker and a young blossoming girl named Alliz who happens to be prodigious violinist sparing no efforts in excelling the art of harmonising it’s strings and creating a graceful music of her own, is a regular visitor of their shop and how both experience the harsh realities of life. The story depicts the unwavering and relentless impact of war on children and their lives. How it creates a hindrance in the strong and yet delicate like a glass, relations of friendship are Usman Riaz choose the European setting but showed the economic and political conditions of Pakistan and also chose Urdu, the language which characters speak. 

In an interview with the Nation when Usman Riaz was asked why the characters of his film will speak Urdu? He replied, “First and foremost it is a rich, historically significant language, and I want to introduce people who may be unfamiliar with it to its beauty.”

“Secondly, I want to shake things up in my own country: Pakistan is so heavily influenced by colonial rule that it has never really gotten a chance to explore itself in a modern and subtle way. Pretentious old artists still pine for dead Urdu poets, while new artists chase after approval from the West. Pakistani youth only speak in English, and have little regard for Urdu, but many people in Pakistan are guilty of holding English up as the more valued language. Why not turn that on its head? Why not create a predominantly Western setting and make the characters speak better Urdu than Millennials in Pakistan?” He further added.

He shed a light on choosing the European setting but Pakistani economical and political conditions and told, “I hope that as this unique collage of language, culture and story makes its way to a global audience, people both in Pakistan and around the world will have their eyes and ears opened in some small way to the riches of our culture and language — just as my mine were opened and my curiosity sparked of faraway cultures as a child.”

Since the release of it’s trailer, It has gained laudatory remarks and is given a rousing welcome by a large number of anime fans and its still growing on people around the world. 

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