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Animation Film - The Four Companions

A short folktale animation film made from scratch to final execution as a part of my graduation internship with Trip Creative Services for their Youtube channel named

Folktales of India.

Folktales have been an eternal part of every culture since ages. To showcase and popularize the rich variety of folktales from the subcontinent of India, TRIP Creative Services came up with in-house production called ‘Folktales of India’ in 2016. It is a Youtube channel where short folktales from India are uploaded.

When the team of a donkey, dog, cat, and hen decide to join forces to sing for the town, there is absolutely nothing that can go wrong. Set in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, this abridged folktale has been illustrated in a modern rendition of Kangra pahadi paintings.

About Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand formerly known as Uttaranchal, is a state in the northern part of India nestled in the lap of the central Himalayas. The state has two divisions, Garhwal and Kumaon, with a total of 13 districts with the capital being Dehradun.


The visual style of the folktale is an attempt to recreate the vibrant yet simple charm

of Uttarakhand's culture.


Character Design


I started with basic shapes & curves to draw animals which were further broken down into line segments & were given watercolor texture. This was done to create a traditional yet playful look for the folktale.

Different unique motifs inspired from Uttarakhand's art and craft were also added to the characters to make them look like they belong to a pahadi/tribal region.




Color Palette




Please visit the 'Folktales of India' Youtube channel below to enjoy more folktales -


Creative Direction: Prateek Sethi

Research, Animation Design, Vo and Direction: Ketan Pal

Narration and Vo: John Varker

Additional Vo: Arun Kishor, Rishikesh Waje

Sound Design: Rahull Raut, Hootch Studios

Special Thanks: Arun, Rishikesh, Rama, Toshi, Kaushani, Himadri 

Production Assist: Vijay Ubale

Project Accountant: Deepak Patil

Design House: Trip Creative Services

©Trip creative services​​​​​​​


As with the best of human tales, this folktale has many versions,

with some from as far as Germany too.


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