“Lal Kalo”, the first ever Bengali animation film is a delightful tale of two groups of ants, one red and the other black, who live in their own kingdoms headed by their respective kings. A small petty matter over a very favourite subject of the red ant king makes him declare war and the black ant king, an absolute coward is terrified on hearing this news. Both the kings are constantly advised on how to tackle each other by Ghoon who though very close to both the kings is a two timer and wants to serve his own interest, but the two kings have no idea about his real intentions. In the mean time the red ant prince falls in love with the black ant princess and they leave their respective kingdoms and go away to a secluded place.
Just when the war is about to begin, the spider appears and asks the kings to reconsider their decisions and not go to war over such a petty matter. He informs that the old red ant is alive and tells them about Ghoon’s real intentions. They are furious and want to finish Ghoon off, but the spider decides to take care of him. He asks both the kings to rejoice and unite as they are part of the same lineage.
The film adapted from the folk tale “Lal Kalo” by Girindra Sekhar Basu is very good considering it is the first Bengali animation film ever and it is a tragedy that there were only five people present in the theatre on the first day and first show of the film at a leading multiplex in South Kolkata. A couple of songs are quite good and as many children should be encouraged to watch this film along with elders in order make animation a success, other wise the efforts of the people behind these films will be in vain.