The Donkey King is Pakistan’s first animated comedy Film, if you review the film, it has not been able to compete with Hollywood films, the film has been dubbed and released in other languages of the world, the film was released in 2018. How popular has it been, and why are people criticizing it, let’s find answers to these questions.
Production Of The Film
In August 2018, the first poster of the film The Donkey King was released. The director of this film is Aziz Jindani while the producer is Talisman Studio and Geo Films. According to Jindani, he had the idea of this film since 2003. The film features the voices of John Rambo Ismail Tara, Hina Dilsheer, Ghulam Mohiuddin, and Javed Sheikh.
Film Release Date
The teaser of the film was released on 20 August 2018. The official trailer of the film was released on 23 September 2018. The film was released in all theaters on October 13, 2018, by Geo Films.
Cast Urdu version
- Afzal Khan as Jan Mangu, a washer–donkey who wants to be the king of Azad nagar
- Hina Dilpazeer as Miss Fitna, a red fox who is personal secretary to the king
- Ghulam Mohiuddin as Badshah Khan, a lion who is the king of Azadnagar
- Adeel Hashmi as Shahzada Khan, the son of Badshah Khan
- Faisal Qureshi as Breaking News Monkey anchor
- Salman Saqib Sheikh as Rangeela, a chameleon
- Jawed Sheikh as Changu, Mangu’s father
- Ismail Tara as Pehalwan Chacha, Changu’s brother, and Subadar a black rhinoceros
- Shafaat Ali as Ronald Crump, a hippopotamus version of Donald Trump
- Irfan Khoosat as Jamboora, a chimpanzee who is the media house owner; and Raftaar, a tortoise
- Shabbir Jan as Sardar Chacha, a grizzly bear politician
- Sahiba Afzal as Mangu’s love interest
- Ahsan Rahim as Mr. Propaganda, a Siberian tiger
- Irfan Malik as Panoti, a zebra
- Ali Hassan as Raja’s Uncle
- Zirgham Amir Khan as a Khota
- TBA as Jake, a Hyena
How Many Countries Was The Film Released?
Apart from Pakistan, ‘The Donkey King’ was released in about a dozen countries of the world including China, the USA, and the UK. Produced under the banner of Talisman and Geo Films, the film was released in China on 19 November, where the film was well-received. 5 thousand shows were shown.
Voices Of Animal Characters
In this film, many famous actors have lent their voices to the characters of animals. John Rambo (Afzal Khan) on the voice of the donkey, and Hina Dilpizar on the cunning fox, while the voices of other characters are voiced by other actors including Javed Sheikh, Faisal Qureshi, and Ghulam Mohiuddin.
Highest-grossing Animated Film
‘The Donkey King’ has already become the highest-grossing Pakistani animated film and has been released in more than 10 countries including European countries Spain, South Korea, Russia, Greece, Turkey, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Taiwan. Released in. The Donkey King’ has also been dubbed into English and the film is available on Amazon Prime for viewers in the US and UK.
The Story Of The Donkey King
If you have seen versatile yesteryear actor Rangeela’s movie Insan Aur Gadha, you will remember how a donkey, fed up with the hardships on him, prays to become a human being, and when his need is fulfilled, as The hardships and hardships that a human being has to face forces him to become a donkey again.
The Main Character Of The Movie Is Mungo
The story of ‘The Donkey King’ is different in that its main character ‘Mongo’ lives the life of a donkey and dreams of achieving a higher position than other animals. Basically, he is a Dhobi and considers former Indian captain MS Dhoni as his own Dhobi. In his opinion, where Donald Trump’s White House is, the name of that city is not even Washington, but Washington Town, meaning Dhobi Ghat.
A Brief Review Of The Film
Released in 2018, the story of Donkey King is based on an animal kingdom called ‘Azaad Nagar’, whose king, the lion, decides to retire and hand over his kingdom to a new king. The plot of the film becomes interesting when a donkey is named as the king of the kingdom.
Donkey is recommended for the position by a cunning fox, but Donkey is unwilling to become the new king of the kingdom. After being persuaded by the cunning fox, the donkey is ready to become the king, but the story revolves around his choice and several interesting events unfold in the process.
Detailed Review Of The Donkey King
The detailed review of The Donkey King is something like that the king of the jungle is a lion and the prince is his son who likes to take selfies and post them on Facebook and Instagram and the likes on the pictures were his life’s gain. Apart from donkeys, there are goats, wolves, bears, elephants, and foxes in the forest. All of them are subordinates and loyal to the king of the jungle i.e. the lion. The twist in the story comes when the king of the jungle begins to abdicate due to pain in his knees.
The King’s Advice To The Fox
The king consults with his special advisor the fox why not hand over the crown to the social media darling prince. Hearing this, the fox gets clever and thinks of developing a new game, she advises the old lion to elect the prince as the king through a democratic vote. But the problem is that who will fight the election in comparison to the prince? No animal has the courage to fight the king’s son.
Because the fox wanted to defeat the king’s son and she didn’t want the prince to become king, she started looking for a rival, wooing the big-dreaming Donkey Mangu for this noble cause. Is. As compared to Shahzade, Mungo’s image-building contract is given to the Monkey Channel, who are highly specialized in this work.
The animals are told how important it is for them all to have ‘Mongo’ elected as king. The mongoose does not eat meat but grass. If he wins, there will be no meat koftas in royal banquets, there will be weeds and various vegetables. No animal will bite another animal. Lion and goat will drink water from the same ghat.
An example is very famous that even a donkey can be made a father when the time is right, so it completely falls on this film. Why not? As Mungo begins to lose heart, his late father appears as a ‘guiding force’ and tries to convince him that it is not a crime to be born a donkey, but it is also not wise to live like a donkey. The animals also see their dreams come true in the form of Mungoku and they elect Mungoku as their king by voting in large numbers.
As soon as the donkey becomes the king, the fox moves the king of the forest, the lion, and his son, through a secret door to an unknown place and manages to keep herself in the position of special adviser in the donkey’s government. Gradually, she alienates Mangaraja from the public, and the animals.
This creates an uneasy situation in the forest. Meanwhile, children and relatives of various animals start disappearing mysteriously. The Raja’s advisers and ministers who are appointed on the advice of the fox also fail to take care of the animals.
Many days pass and one day the confederation of the fox and the ‘ringmasters’ of the circus comes before Mangu Raja. He sees with his own eyes that the lion and his son are locked in circus cages with other missing animals and an attempt is being made to move them to another place. He lays the whole situation before his subjects and then sets out to free the captive animals. Due to this brave character of Mungo, the old lion gets freedom from the confinement of the cage, and then he and the other animals of the forest seem to agree on the rule of the donkey.
Crowns Of Kingship On Mungo
The lion decorates the crown of kingship on Mungo’s head with his hand and once again the same old era of peace and harmony returns in the forest. Mungo is played by John Rambo. Fox henna has become pleasant. The wrestler is Chacha Ismail Tara. The king of the jungle is Ghulam Mohiuddin. The role of the king’s son is played by Adil Hashmi while Bhalwankal is played by Shabbir John.
The Voice Of Irfan Khost Was Conveyed
Running the Bandar Ka channel is TRP’s spectacle-wearing Irfan Khost, whose voice is distinctly recognizable. In the film, care has been taken to ensure that there is no break in the continuity of the story from the beginning to the end. The animation and sets are like world-class films. The animal which has been given the role has performed well. The songs of the film are such that kids and adults alike will be compelled to hum along. The suspense is a little low but the comedy, entrainment, and political satire have made The Donkey King one of the few animated films that are loved by kids and adults alike.
The Downside Of The Film
The animation style of the film is vibrant and colorful, inspired by traditional Pakistani art and animation, even though the film is not as flashy as Hollywood productions, the film does not appear balanced, the humor of the film can feel juvenile at times, the animation While the scope is impressive, the quality of the film is not on par with the big Hollywood studios.
The basic story of the film follows a familiar underdog formula, which may feel predictable to some audiences. In this one-of-a-kind animated film, donkeys are shown doing politics
Positive Aspects Of The Movie
Mungo’s lovable goofy smile is a particular standout that has been well-loved by fans, It has a unique charm and brings the bustling city of Azad to life. The film is a blend of comedy, political satire, and touching friendship. Mungo’s journey from underdog to reluctant leader is full of laughs and stumbles but also touches on themes of responsibility, self-discovery, and the importance of believing in yourself.
The special thing about the film is that it has been dubbed in various languages including Chinese, English and Urdu which has increased its popularity and also done record business. Also, The Donkey King is a fun and entertaining movie for the whole family. This is a commendable effort for Pakistani animation and a promising step for the industry.
What is “The Donkey King,” and when was it released?
- “The Donkey King” is Pakistan’s first animated comedy film. It was released on October 13, 2018.
- Who are the key figures behind the film’s production?
- The film is directed by Aziz Jindani, and produced by Talisman Studio and Geo Films.
- When was the idea for the film conceived, and who is the director?
- Director Aziz Jindani had the idea for “The Donkey King” in 2003.
- Who are the voice actors in the film?
- The film features the voices of John Rambo Ismail Tara, Hina Dilsheer, Ghulam Mohiuddin, and Javed Sheikh.
- What is the genre of the film, and how has it been received globally?
- “The Donkey King” is an animated comedy film. Its global reception and popularity are subjective and may vary.
- In what languages has the film been dubbed and released worldwide?
- The film has been dubbed and released in various languages across the world.
What promotional materials were released before the film’s launch?
- The first poster was released in August 2018, followed by the teaser on August 20, 2018, and the official trailer on September 23, 2018.
- How has the film performed compared to Hollywood films, and what criticisms has it faced?
- The film has faced criticism for not being able to compete with Hollywood films. Specific criticisms may vary, and opinions on its popularity can be subjective.
- Who are the main contributors to the film’s production, and how was it distributed?
- Talisman Studio and Geo Films were the main producers, and Geo Films handled the distribution of “The Donkey King” in theaters.
- Is there any additional information about the film’s background or context?
- The film’s director, Aziz Jindani, had the idea for “The Donkey King” since 2003, showcasing the long journey from conception to its release in 2018.
After watching the movie The Donkey King, we have come to the conclusion that the movie has some good points and it has some bad points that cannot compete with any Hollywood animated movie, but if we look at the good and bad aspects of the movie, everything becomes clear.
The film was a critical and commercial success in Pakistan, breaking box office records for an animated film. It has been praised for its representation of Pakistani culture and its positive portrayal of the donkey as the main character.
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