(Disney animation comes to Mumbai, India...)
Today's business sections are filled with stories about Disney partnering with a big Indian producer, making a kind of Oliver and Company, Bombay-style?...
The Walt Disney Co. is teaming up with India's Yash Raj Films to make a series of animated feature films with voices of Bollywood stars, the companies said Tuesday.
Burbank, Calif.-based Disney will be co-producing an animated feature in India for the first time. Yash Raj Films is one of India's top production companies.
The two companies plan to co-produce one animated film in a year. The films will carry the Disney brand.
"This alliance begins with animation. It could lead to other collaborations," said Mark Zoradi, Walt Disney's marketing president.
"What we are getting is an understanding of Indian comedy, culture and music," Zoradi told reporters.
The first film _ "Roadside Romeo" _ is about a rich dog that moves from soft beds to make his home in garbage bins after being abandoned on a Mumbai street, said Sanjeev Kohli, chief executive of Yash Raj Films.
Nice to see that Disney is broadening its animation sphere, making animated films in India for the Indian market. Much better than outsourcing jobs from the States. That is what's going on here, right?