'Billu Gamer': Unfortunately the tiger and elephant don't sing and dance
Okay, here’s another stealth movie.
Billu Gamer, a 90 plus minute live-action/animated Hindi comedy-fantasy feature from director/producer/writer Pankaj Sharma at Astute Media Vision, coming in India in May 2016. Sharma says that it’s slightly over half VFX and 3D animation.
Patty is a live-action teenage boy at a school where a lot of Bollywood-style singing and dancing goes on. When he’s depressed from being bullied, the animated Billu from his favorite video game comes to life to be his best friend. Everything seems great, until the video-game villains follow Billu into the real world. Patty and Billu have to team up in the video world to win. The first half of the trailer is live-action; then the animated Billu and some dog-headed humans appear, and there are an animated tiger and an angry elephant. There’s more information at The Hans India.
Billu Gamer hasn’t even been released yet, and it has already gotten criticisms for the poor quality of its animation compared to other Indian animated features. That’s a far cry from ten years ago, when Roadside Romeo did so poorly at the box office that no distributor released another Indian animated feature for several years. Now they’re common. Another complaint seen in Indian animation-industry circles today is when will India try to create an animated superstar like America’s Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Buzz Lightyear, Shrek or the Minions? India has just one animated star, Chhota Bheem, and he’s a superstrong 8-year-old strictly for the little-kid market. Will other Indian animated characters appear? Specifically some anthropomorphic ones?