“The Woodcutter’s Treasure” is the first ever short anime resulting from a collaboration between Japan’s leading anime studio Toei Animation Co. and Saudi Arabia’s Manga Productions.
The 20-minute animation is based on a Saudi Arabian folk and will target mostly families and children and is set to air in Japan and Saudi Arabia, although the release date has not yet been officially confirmed.
In an effort to promote Saudi Arabia to the world, the chairman of Manga Productions and secretary-general of Misk Foundation, Bader Al Asaker, said he wants to produce high-quality animations. In fact, he desires to foster the development of Saudi Arabia’s content industry and promote them to the world.
For Shinji Shimizu, Toei Animation Senior Director, this partnership with Manga production is a great honor and the opportunity to create real cultural exchanges between Saudi Arabia and Japan.
For those overcome by a feeling of awe, hold on to your hat because “ The Woodcutter’s Treasure” won’t be the last collaboration between the two companies.
In fact, the Toei Animation Co. and Saudi Arabia’s Manga Productions also plan to “co-produce a 13-episode folklore series and a 90-minute movie that will introduce Arabic culture and traditions to children and anime fans across the globe through anime content.”