The Glassworker is Pakistan’s First Ever Anime in Urdu

Remember the Pakistani teenager who orchestrated sensational acoustic guitar music in the most unique of ways; putting the guitar horizontal on his lap, strumming it both his hand, fingers and knocking it around? Well, that person, Usman Riaz, has took a different approach in life now.

He has released Pakistan’s first ever hand drawn animated film called The Glassworker.

Shot with DxO ONE
Shot with DxO ONE

The movie is being created under the banner of Mano Animation Studios. The Glassworker is a story of a young boy, Vincent and a girl named Alliz. Vincent is learning the art of glassblowing from his father in their glass shop. Alliz, a frequent visitor of the shop, makes Vincent fall for him and that’s how the story further progresses.

Speaking to media, the filmmakers told them:

“The story is set in the fictitious Waterfront Town. Vincent is an apprentice glass blower learning from his father in their glass shop. Alliz is a prodigious violinist striving to find her own unique voice on the instrument.”

“The film will comment on the effects of war on children and follow both characters through their formative years as life gets more complicated and inhibits their friendship.”

Here is the trailer of The Glassworker.

Jami Moor, a renowned Karachi-based film director also spoke out in support for the team and its highly-stylized film. He had this to say for what is Pakistani’s first anime-influenced film.

He wrote on Facebook,

“Best ever animation from Pakistan! This is film making, pure heart warming purity of hard working, genius kids. Young filmmakers doing what not many adults can do.”

It is remarkable to see that initiatives such as these are being taken. This will help diversify Pakistani showbiz and create opportunities for people working in the said fields. Pakistan has no dearth of artistic talent and its time they came forward and showed the world what they are capable of. Usman Riaz’s The Glassworker is a realization of that lofty goal.

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  • Mashallah .. Zindabad Wala Kam Hai Ye. At Last We Entered Into Animation. And Its Far Better Than Indian Animation Standards. Its Like Some Professional Anime of Studio Ghibli.

  • I don’t understand…………if this is purely made by a Pakistani production company, then why does the story include english-based “Oliver” & “Aliiz” charterers, i would assume, if this is purely a Pakistani effort then the story setting would have some essence of Local roots. If this is a purely fictitious setting then why not at least entertain the notion of using Urdu based names, some hint of PK culture that would enforce the idea that this Anime was made in Pakistan. I would really prefer seeing an anime promoting our culture, then seeing
    an anime, which to be honest, seems like a foreign anime dubbed in Urdu.

    We have some great creative minds who could help develop a story line purely home grown in PK. Our Drama industry is a great example where PK gets its identity, not saying that all dramas are great but at least they have the identity of PK in them.

    I implore the guys making the Anime to reconsider some aspects and inject some PK flavor in this great initiative. I do appreciate the effort and hard-work put by the team, but who can say this is a work made from Pakistan apart from seeing the Credits. :(

    • Bilkul theek kaha dost, but as far as the names are concerned if you look at the credits in the end it says Alliz Espi is the producer of the film and Vincent Espi had done sound design, mixing and mastering. So may be the producer had its say in setting the names of lead characters and wanted them to name those after their family member names :-)

  • Let’s be clear, this is not an anime. It was not by made by Japan. Also, this looks beautiful. The animation is crisp and the art is brilliant. Will definitely watch it in theatre.

  • Looks like a voice over only.
    Anyways, why can’t we make something besides appeasing English?
    USELESS!!

    • Good effort by the director but i agree that the work should have been representative of pakistani society.

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