Kazakhstan to develop animation industry

Kazakhstan to develop animation industry

Experts observe the growing popularity of domestic animation. Most of all, young Kazakh citizens are attracted to cartoons based on ancient Kazakh legends and myths. In total, over 50 animated films have been produced over the past 10 years. Thus, ‘Alpamys’, ‘Batyl Balapandar’ and ‘Yertemir’ were released on screens. In addition, three other promising projects are planned.

“A 10-episode animated film called ‘Kenzhe Kyz’ was filmed in the Kazakh language. In addition, the short cartoon ‘Besik Zhyry’ is already ready, and now we are shooting a full-length film ‘Altyn Adam’, which tells about the Saka era,” said Adai Abeldinov, General Producer of the State Center for Support of National Cinema.

A while ago, the first cartoon in the Kazakh language ‘Why the Swallow Has the Tail with Little Horns’ became a real hit among young viewers. What kind of animation are young Kazakh citizens waiting for now?

“I want Kazakh cartoons to be made about objects that can speak. For example, I’d like to see a light bulb that speaks, or a high chair,” said a little girl.

“I like cartoons like ‘Ali and Aya’, ‘Betperdeli Batyr’ and ‘Cinderella’,” shared a little boy.

“I like watching cartoons about ‘Aldar Kose’, ‘Sikyrly Tas’ or ‘Balapan’. They are very interesting,” added another girl.

Private investors are also expressing their interest in Kazakhstan’s animation market.

“I think that if the private business comes into animation, this will give it a very good impetus. This area will develop even more. We are moving towards this. In the future, we plan to make money both on popular Internet platforms and streaming services,” noted Dilshat Rakhmatullin, Director of an animation studio.


 Translation by Assem Zhanmukhanova

Editing by Galiya Khassenkhanova