Geek It! Animation Spotlight: Mano Animation Studios’ The Glassworker


Life is beautiful but fragile, like glass.

As the animation industry continues to grow in America, Australia, Japan, China and France, there is a passionate desire for the art of animation to grow in other foreign countries. In this case, we’re talking countries like Pakistan in which animators are hoping to create an animation revolution.

Meet Mano Animation Studios — also known as Pakistan’s first hand-drawn animation studio. Comprised of talented individuals from Pakistan, Malaysia and South Africa, their objective is to create awareness and make their mark in the animation industry. In order to achieve this, Mano Animation Studios are hoping to impress the world with its upcoming feature, THE GLASSWORKER.

Set in the fictitious town of Waterfront Town, The Glassworker is a coming-of-age story about two children from separate walks of life. While young Vincent is learning to be a glass blower from his father at their Glass Shop, Alliz is a prodigious violinist who strives to find her unique voice on the instrument.

With war as a backdrop for the story, the film will most likely comment on the effects of war on children. And as we follow their journeys, we learn that life gets complicated in which later affects their friendship. Directed by Usman Riaz, this Kickstarter project has so far got a backing of $116,000 and the film is expected to be released later in 2017.

 As Usman mentioned in his TED session, Pakistan has so much potential. And by bringing talented artists and animators together, they will no doubt succeed in producing their first hand-drawn animated feature. For more information, head over to the website [here].

What do you think of Mano Animation Studios’ The Glassworker? Let us know in the comments below! 

2 Comments on Geek It! Animation Spotlight: Mano Animation Studios’ The Glassworker

  1. Jahanzeb Khan // January 26, 2017 at 3:55 am // Reply

    Quite interesting to see something like this come out of Pakistan, was unheard of when I was living there. Here’s hoping it’s a start to a brighter future.


    • I find it rather interesting as well! Animation should not just be limited to Disney/Pixar or even Japanese animation — other countries should be recognised as well, whether they’re a matured company or not. Can’t wait to see what this company has in store for animation fans in the near future 🙂


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