Prana Studios
IndustryVisual effects, CGI animation
Number of locations
2 (Mumbai, India)
SubsidiariesRhythm and Hues
WebsitePrana Studios

Prana Studios, Inc. was an American computer animation and visual effects company, founded in 2005 in Los Angeles, United States, with a wholly owned subsidiary in Mumbai, India.

Prana Studios' investors include Reliance Industries and Mahindra Group.[1]


Prana Studios was founded in April 2005 by Arish Fyzee, Kristin Dornig and Pankaj Gunsagar.[2] In 2005, Prana opened its Mumbai office.[3]

In 2008, The Weinstein Company launched a series of direct-to-video CG feature-length films called Unstable Fables - they were produced amongst others, by The Jim Henson Company and Prana Studios.[2] The first released was 3 Pigs and a Baby, the second released was Tortoise vs. Hare and third and final released was The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Show.

Prana produces stories and CG imagery for US domestic, international and Indian domestic Bollywood markets, including Kuch Kuch Hota Hai for Dharma Productions,[4] as well as the French animated film Why I Did (Not) Eat My Father.

On March 29, 2013, Prana Studios affiliate 34x118 Holdings, LLC won the bidding of Rhythm and Hues Studios in a bankruptcy auction against other visual effects/CGI animation studios, Prime Focus and Brave Vision. Another contender, Psyop, was eliminated early in the process.[5] The sale was "valued at about $30 million."[6]

In 2019, it closed quietly leaving 300 jobless.[7]


Feature films

Title Original Release Date Co-production with
Hoodwinked! January 13, 2006 The Weinstein Company[6]
Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby March 4, 2008 The Weinstein Company
The Jim Henson Company
Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare September 9, 2008 The Weinstein Company
The Jim Henson Company
Tinker Bell September 18, 2008 Walt Disney Pictures
DisneyToon Studios
Unstable Fables: The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Show December 16, 2008 The Weinstein Company
The Jim Henson Company
Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back October 5, 2010 Vanguard Animation
Tron: Legacy November 30, 2010 Walt Disney Pictures
Note: visual effects only[6]
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night March 16, 2011
Hyde Park Entertainment
Platinum Studios
Note: visual effects only
Transformers: Dark of the Moon June 28, 2011 Paramount Pictures
Note: additional digital effects
Secret of the Wings August 16, 2012
Disneytoon Studios
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return June 14, 2013
Summertime Entertainment
Metegol July 18, 2013
Universal Pictures International
Planes August 9, 2013 Disneytoon Studios[6]
Saving Santa November 5, 2013 Gateway Films
The Pirate Fairy February 13, 2014
Disneytoon Studios
Postman Pat: The Movie May 23, 2014 DreamWorks Classics
Planes: Fire & Rescue July 18, 2014 Disneytoon Studios
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast December 12, 2014
(United Kingdom)
Disneytoon Studios

Short films

Title Original Release Date Co-production with
The ChubbChubbs Save Xmas August 8, 2007 Columbia Pictures
Sony Pictures Animation
Alex & Sylvia April 2015 BRC Imagination Arts[8]
Kaka's Great Adventure May 2015 Chimelong Ocean Kingdom[9]


Title Original Release Date Co-production with Notes
Pixie Hollow Games November 19, 2011 DisneyToon Studios
An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf November 26, 2011 Trick 3D
Game of Thrones[10] April 17, 2011 HBO VFX only
The VeggieTales Show October 22, 2019 Big Idea Entertainment


  1. ^ Bhattacharjee, Nivedita (October 12, 2016). "Witches and thrones: Indian animators cash in on special effects boom". Reuters. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Baisley, Sarah (May 22, 2006). "Weinstein Co. Launches CG Unstable Fables Video Line". Animation World Network. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "Foreign Animation Studios In Expansion Mode". Financial Express. Aug 6, 2004.
  4. ^ "Karan Johar announces four new projects". Movies. Feb 8, 2008. Archived from the original on June 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "Two-Day Roller Coaster Ends Delivers L.A. VFX Studio to Indian Owners." Variety, March 28, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d Verrier, Richard (29 March 2013). "Rhythm & Hues finalizes sale to Prana Studios". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  7. ^ @Likhoraviko (10 July 2019). "SAVE PRANA STUDIOS PVT LTD.@narendramodi @nitin_gadkari @AmitShah @rsprasad @SrBachchan @akshaykumar @karanjohar…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Alex and Sylvia - YouTube Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  9. ^ Michael Switow (June 2015). "Chimelong Ocean Kingdom - June 2015". IAAPA. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  10. ^ "This Indian company made Khaleesi's dragons in Game of Thrones", Quartz India, July 14, 2015