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Soon, Netflix to release a series on Hindu Gods

The video streaming service has greenlit animated preschool series from animator-illustrator Sanjay Patel on Hindu gods

, ET Bureau|
Oct 10, 2019, 05.52 PM IST
MUMBAI: At a time when Hindu rightwing activists are breathing down the necks of video streaming services for alleged ‘antinational’ and ‘anti-Hindu’ content on their platforms, Netflix has greenlit a new animated series for preschoolers which will show Hindu Gods - Ganesha, Kali, Krishna and Saraswati – learning at deity day-care centre.

The 20 episodic animated series, ‘Ghee Happy’, is brainchild of Academy Award and Annie Award-nominated director-animator-illustrator Sanjay Patel, who is best known for his work on Pixar films such as ‘Monsters Inc.’, ‘Ratatouille’, ‘Cars’, ‘Toy Story 2’ and ‘The Incredibles’ I and II.

On the idea behind ‘Ghee Happy’, Patel, who was raised in the US, told ET that he got hooked on to reading Indian mythology a few years back when he came across an art book on Indian Gods. “Being a second generation Indian in US, I wasn’t exposed to Indian or Asian arts. I had seen the images of Gods in pooja area, but never knew stories behind them. I was fascinated and started making my own art book,” Patel said.

He added that now that he has kids of his own, who will not otherwise get to know of Indian culture, he wanted to introduce them to the gods via this show.

“This series is not based on my mom’s and dad’s version of Ramayan/ Mahabharata or Kali. This is my version,” Patel said. “What is happening with pre-schoolers is their mind is getting wired at very early age and shows like ‘Sesame Street’ don’t offer a view into our culture. That’s why I took a month off and decided to create a story.”

The 11 minute episodes will show how these Gods have to start out in a deity day care called Ghee Happy before they can become awe-inspiring Hindu deities.

“Sanjay's art is vibrant, magical...thanks to the power of Netflix - kids and families everywhere will get to share in these inspiring and accessible stories,” said Dominique Bazay, director of Kids & Family at Netflix.

Ghee Happy joins a slate of Netflix original animated series from all over the world, including Indian series and global sensation ‘Mighty Little Bheem’ as well as upcoming titles including ‘Dragons: Rescue Riders’ from DreamWorks Animation, ‘Dino Girl Gauko’ from Akira Shigino, ‘Kid Cosmic’ from Craig McCracken, and ‘Trash Truck’ from Max Keane among others.

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