Khoda – Reza Dolatabadi

Reza Dolatabadi is director/art director of “Khoda,” a five-minute student film comprised of more than 6000 paintings produced over two years.


Khoda from Reza Dolatabadi

Director/art director: Reza Dolatabadi
Written by Reza Dolatabadi & Mark Szalos Farkas
Animation by Adam Thomson
Music by Hamed Mafakheri

Mixed Nutz

Norooz Productions, the people behind the popular animated film Babak & Friends, recently unveiled their latest project. Mixed Nutz is an animated extension of the Babak brand with a bunch of other multicultural characters added. It’s airing on Tapesh TV (which I’ve honestly never watched, so unfortunately I probably won’t see this until it’s out on DVD or streaming online somewhere).

The trailer is above and I’m really interested in how the show will avoid or, even better, address cultural stereotypes. But watch the trailer – it’s somewhat reminiscent of Bobby’s World. What do you think?

I honestly thought this was something completely different when I saw the name “Mixed Nutz” (as in, something totally not appropriate for children). So glad I was wrong. And also glad to see that Norooz Productions says they have “created a cultural advisory board by country to ensure accuracy and relevance of cultural content.” Here’s more from Iranian.com:

The production company has once again gone to great lengths to ensure Disney-quality animation with a superb cast of voices, musicians, artists and animators. Famous Iranian music band Kiosk and composer Mehrdad Arabifard were part of the production. The designs of characters and animation are headed up by Alfred Gimeno and Glen Kennedy, two animators who have not only won awards like Emmys but have worked at great companies likes Warner Brothers, Hanna Barbera and Disney. The Farsi version of the series was dubbed with professional voice-over actors from Iran to ensure quality.

Norooz Productions plans to launch Mixed Nutz on televisions stations around the world. The series, which currently consists of 13 episodes, is being dubbed into five languages, including Persian, Korean, Hindi, Spanish and French. The company has plans to air the series on major networks like Canada’s CBC, Korea’s EBS, Indian TV, Ariana TV in Afghanistan and the BBC. The founders hope that once the show is aired, the demand will enable them to renew the show for more seaons in the coming year.

World’s Oldest Animation

In the 1970s, a team of Italian archaeologists discovered a goblet in Iran’s “Burnt City.” Only recently, however, was it discovered that the goblet’s visuals create an animation.

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According to an article from “The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies”:

The artefact [sic] bears five images depicting a wild goat jumping up to eat the leaves of a tree, which the members of the team at that time had not recognised [sic] the relationship between the pictures.

It goes on to discuss certain levels of controversy this goblet has brought up:

CHTHO’s cultural authorities claimed the image is a depiction of ‘Assyrian Tree of Life’: the earthenware bowl, which is wrongly known as ‘The Burnt City’s goat’, depicts the myth of ‘The Assyrian Tree of Life’ and a goat.

Depiction of ‘The Assyrian Tree of Life’ on this bowl which was made at least 1000 years before the Assyrian civilisation [sic] even appear in historical records is one of the most preposterous claims by the new breed of experts in post-revolutionary Iran.