The Animated cartoon serial will be made on the works of legendary cartoonist Mario De Miranda (AKA Mario Miranda) and will be aired on television soon. According to the information available The Mumbai-based Esham Studio has purchased the rights of few of the well-known works of Miranda like ‘Ferry Across Zuari,’ ‘Carreira’ and ‘Welcome to Goa, which would be adapted into an animation series. “The script writer is a Goan named Shripad Pai who has seen the era which is depicted in Miranda’s cartoons,” Milind Kuri, who would be directing the series.
Mr. Kuri, an alumnus of the Goa College of Art, has directed animated short film ‘Pensov – Do The Good’ which is currently part of NFDC Film Bazaar at the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here. “The animated series on Miranda’s works will have voice-over in Konkani but considering the eminent cartoonist’s fan following across the globe, we are sure that it will be received very well. Mario’s fan following is worldwide and they are fond of his characters,” he said. Each of his cartoons will be developed into 11-minute long animations and there would be a total of 52-episodes which would be shown on the television.
About Mario Miranda
Padma Vibhushan Mario João Carlos do Rosario de Brito Miranda, was born in Goa in year 1926 popularly known as Mario Miranda or Mario de Miranda, was an Indian cartoonist and painter based in Loutolim in the state of Goa. He got recognition while working for the one of the biggest national daily the Times of India as cartoonist by publishing his work for Illustrated weekly of India.
He was born artist and his talent was noticed by one of his friends who encouraged him to make postcards and draw for them, which earned him extra pocket money. He studied at St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School, Bangalore and then did a B.A. in History at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, while focusing on IAS. Though his parents forced him to the field of Architecture for which he never had an interest. Miranda started his career in an Advertising studio, where he worked for four years, before taking up cartooning full-time. He got his first break as a cartoonist with The Illustrated Weekly of India which published a few of his works. Miranda’s cartoons were featured in the Lilliput, Mad (once), and Punch (twice) magazines. This supplemented his finances, and enabled him to travel around Europe, interacting with other cartoonists, gaining considerable knowledge and exposure. This led to his meeting of Sir Ronald Searle, whom Miranda considered his mentor.
Miranda, an internationally acclaimed cartoonist, was known his works which also depicted the laid-back life of Goa. He died at his native place in Goa in 2011 at the age of 85.