The Legend of Buddha

Saw The Legend of Buddha (2004) last night. The animated film which was among India's entries for the Oscars in 2005 tells the story of Prince Siddharth and his transformation from a prince to 'The Enlightened One'. The plot is, of course, inherently one that teaches good. For me, the film offers re-enforcement that no matter what religion one identifies with, one can identify with every other religion's teachings because they all teach good, and as the Mahatma Gandhi said, religions offer different pathways to the same destination.

Last week I was at the Lake Shrine Temple in Pacific Palisades, California. That taught me the same lesson. While much of what I saw and learnt there is beyond the scope of this post, above is a picture snapped by yours truly of the great Gautam Buddha at the Lake.

Back to the film. From a pure film-making perspective, I would have liked the English accent in the soundtrack to mirror the English accent used in the dialog. The former is Indian, the latter American. Some consistency would have been nice. In addition, I think we could have been given some more of Buddha's teachings.

A note on the film from this Glamsham piece:

The 90-minute film by director S.S. Phalke uses latest animation technology to take the story of the Buddha to the world stage.
Four hundred artists at Kingdom Animasia, Pentamedia's subsidiary in Manila, made 200,000 sketches for the film at a cost of about $1.5 million. The sketches were supported by 1,000 3D animated backgrounds created by artists in Chennai.

The art is by T. Thirugnyanam, Pentamedia's art technologist.

It was produced at Pentamedia's studios in India, Singapore and the Philippines in association with the Singapore government and its Economic Development Board.

Overall, though, you want to watch this one for it re-enforces the greater good and the search for truth. It forces one to think, which, from a religion-themed film, is about all one would want to expect. No ratings for this one, for its subject is such that it would not be fair to compare to other ordinary films.

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