New Delhi: The homegrown, made-in-India show that went on air in October 2012 has captivated millions of viewers across the world and has set a record of producing 1000 episodes. It has held significant rating contribution on channel partner Nickelodeon and is currently airing on TV and digital platforms in 250 countries and 9 languages and has garnered above 6.5 billion views from international audiences on their Youtube multi-channel animation brand, WowKidz. Apart from the TV series, the show has spawned 20 TV films, a full feature and currently streams online for Indian audiences on Voot Kids with whom it maintains an average viewership of 4.8 million views per 11-minute video.
As India’s favourite cartoon show characters have come a long way to becoming bona fide Indian pop culture icons and achieved cult status. The creator Cosmos-Maya revolutionized the entire industry with this powerful, emotionally engaging & consistently popular story. The characters have found a place at the Madame Tussauds in New Delhi, becoming a key attraction and the first Indian animated characters to have their wax statues at the reputable museum.
Among its many monikers of success, Google had declared it to be the most popular animation show in the world, 2 years in a row. The winner of the Most Popular Show for consecutive 5 years at the Kids’ Choice Awards, Motu Patlu has been winning top honours everywhere. The show also holds the distinction of being the only show in the world wherein 1000 stories were created and delivered in a record span of less than 8 years.
Talking about the milestone, Anish Mehta, CEO, Cosmos Maya, said “Through Motu Patlu we have created the Indian version of Laurel and Hardy. Our IP creation journey began with Motu Patlu and it’s a great moment for us to see it complete 1000 episodes and maintain the interest of the kids for 8 years. It is a huge achievement for the entire team that has created 1000+ stories in less than a decade for this show. As we now move to a new phase with Motu Patlu going international, we hope that kids continue to watch the show and love it to help achieve the next milestone.”
Commenting on this occasion, Suhas Kadav, creative director behind Motu Patlu said, “The milestone is a celebration for us as it approves our belief in meaningful entertainment. The show has beautifully weaved the journey of these two friends and their quirks. Our characters started their journey from Furfuri nagar and travelled internationally and added more colour and culture to their stories. The show has set trends, won hearts of the audiences for its storyline and made records, and we couldn’t be prouder. As it makes the 1000-episode mark, we are sure that Motu Patlu will keep raising the bar and continue to be the audience favourite by delivering exciting storylines”