The Indian animation industry encompasses both 2D traditional, and 3D animation, as well as visual effects for feature films. In 1956, Disney Studios animator Clair Weeks, who had worked on Bambi, was invited to Films Division of India in Mumbai to establish and train the country’s first animation studio as part of the American Technical Co-Operation mission. He trained a core group of Indian animators, whose first production was a film called The Banyan Deer (1957). Veteran animator Ram Mohan started his career at Films Division’s Cartoon Unit.
Another landmark animated film from Films Division is “Ek Anek Aur Ekta”, a short traditionally animated short educational film released in 1974.The film is presented as a fable meant to teach children the value of unity, and was frequently broadcast on India’s state-run television station, Doordarshan.