Toonz Animation India

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Toonz Animation
TypeAnimation studio
Founded1999; 23 years ago (1999)

Toonz Animation India Pvt. Ltd. is an animation company in India. It is the animation arm of the Singapore-based Toonz Group, which has diverse interests in production and distribution of live-action feature films, digital and gaming content, licensing and merchandising, and media-related education.[1][2] Toonz Animation was founded in 1999 by G. A. Menon and Bill Dennis. It is based in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital city of Kerala.

Toonz has produced Gummibär & Friends: The Gummy Bear Show on YouTube, as well as Pakdam Pakdai and Gattu Battu on Nickelodeon India.


Toonz Animation was started in 1999 by G. A. Menon and Bill Dennis, who had worked on Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Toonz Animation is located in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital city of Kerala. Its office is currently situated in the Technopark; it is expanding to a new 2.5-acre (10,000 m2) campus in the Kinfra Film and Video Park in Trivandrum.

Major projects on which Toonz Animation has worked include The Adventures of Tenali Raman, Return of Hanuman, Freefonix, Wolverine and the X-Men, Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Kid Krrish, and Gaturro.[3]

Toonz Animation is also the producer of the popular cricket based 2D animated teleseries Howzzattt.

Gaturro(film) a 90-minute 3D-animation feature film, including character design has been done in the Toonz Animation studio at Technopark Campus, Trivandrum, Kerala.

Toonz Animation operates and promotes a number of digital channels, including the noted Chotoonz TV, a digital channel for kids cartoon videos with more than two million subscribers and 1.75 billion views. Toonz channels are available on YouTube, Dailymotion, Amazon Prime, Roku and other digital platforms.[citation needed]

Toonz Animation organizes an industry event called Animation Masters Summit every year. The event brings together top industry experts, vibrant animation professionals and aspiring young minds together to discuss trends and initiatives shaping the global animation industry.[4]

On March 3, 2022, Toonz Animation made a deal with Hearst Media Production Group, in which the latter will co-produce animated productions with the former, including Paddypaws, Sunnyside Billy, Kingdom of None and Aliens in My Backpack, and distribute them in the United States.[5]


Year Film Director Notes
2007 Return of Hanuman Anurag Kashyap Co-produced with Percept Picture Company
2008 Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Will Meugniot Direct-to-video film
2010 Gaturro Gustavo Cova Co-produced with Ánima Estudios and Illusion Studios
2012 Swami Ayyappan Chetan Sharma
Mahesh Vettiyar
Co-produced with Animagic
2013 Speed Racer: Race to the Future Robert H. Fuentes III Direct-to-video film
Co-produced with Imira Entertainment

TV Films[edit]

Year Film Channel Notes
2013 Kid Krrish Cartoon Network India Co-produced with FilmKraft Productions
2014 Kid Krrish: Mission Bhutan
Kid Krrish: Mystery in Mongolia
Pakdam Pakdai Doggy Don vs Billiman Nickelodeon India Co-produced with Viacom 18
2015 Kid Krrish: Shakalaka Africa Cartoon Network India Co-produced with FilmKraft Productions
Pakdam Pakdai Ocean Attack Nickelodeon India Co-produced with Viacom 18
2016 Apna Bhai Gaju Bhai Disney Channel India Co-produced with Disney India
2017 Sab Jholmaal Hai – Bank Robbery[6] Sony Yay

Television series[edit]

Original Run Series Channel Notes
2003-2004 The Adventures of Tenali Raman Cartoon Network [7]
2008-2009 Freefonix BBC One
2009 Wolverine and the X-Men Nicktoons Co-produced with Marvel Animation, First Serve International and Noxxon Entertainment Inc.[8]
2011, 2013 Speed Racer: The Next Generation Season 2
Co-produced with Telegael and Lionsgate Television
2013 Howzzattt Discovery Kids [9]
2013–present Pakdam Pakdai Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon Sonic
also known internationally as Rat-A-Tat[10]
2015-2016 Bunty Aur Billy Hungama TV also known internationally as Cat & Keet[11]
2016–present Gummibär & Friends: The Gummy Bear Show YouTube
2016–present Gaju Bhai Disney Channel Co-produced with The Walt Disney Company India[12]
2016 V 4 Viraat [13]
Chai Chai Hungama TV [14]
2017–present Gattu Battu Nickelodeon India [15]
Sab Jholmaal Hai Sony Yay [16]
2017 Sherazade: The Untold Stories Network Ten Co-produced with Hahn Film and Chocolate Liberation Front
2019 Chacha Chaudhary Disney Channel, Hungama TV
2019–present Filly Funtasia Co-produced with Imira Entertainment.
2020–present Mondo Yan Co-produced with Imira Entertainment.
2021–present Pinocchio and Friends Rai YoYo Co-produced with Rainbow S.p.A.
TBA SWAT Kats: Revolution Cartoon Network, HBO Max Co-produced with Warner Bros. Animation/Studio 4°C.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cartoon Network acquires two new Indian animated series from Toonz Animation > afaqs! news & features". 27 February 2003. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  2. ^ Nita Sathyendran (16 November 2012). "Animated adventures". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Cartoons jump the 'desi' wagon". The Hindu. 24 February 2003. Archived from the original on 14 November 2003. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  4. ^ IANS (1 April 2015). "Toonz to hold Animation Masters Summit". Business Standard. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  5. ^ Media, aNb (3 March 2022). "Hearst Media and Toonz Media Enter Into Strategic Partnership for NA Market". aNb Media, Inc. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Sony YAY! to premiere its first home-grown animated film on 21 Oct". Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  7. ^ "The Hindu Business Line : 'Cartoon network focus on India-centric image-building'". 19 June 2003. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Toonz, Marvel tie up for second part of X-Men series". 2 December 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Discovery kids presents Gully Cricket in Howzzattt". DNA India. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Nick launches Pakdam Pakdai- a chase comedy". The Times of India. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Hungama to add new original content". 4 April 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Disney India launches 'Gaju Bhai'". 18 April 2016.
  13. ^ title= V 4 VIRAT
  14. ^ "Hungama turns to South India for growth". Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Tapping into the homegrown content demand Nicklelodeon announces new show Gattu Battu". Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  16. ^ "Sony YAY! Channel to Anchor on Original Indian Toons". Retrieved 16 April 2017.

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