While we gawk at Hollywood CGI and animation movies such as Tranformers, Avatar, Thor, and the Final Fantasy installments, let’s not forget that we are not doing too bad ourselves. Of the past 4 years, Malaysians have produced animation movies and animated TV series such as Supa Strikas, Upin & Ipin, Boboi Boy, and Bola Kampung.
The most recently released animation feature, SeeFood, is actually a third of its Malaysian kind. The other two being Geng: The Adventure Begins and Bala Bowl. SeeFood has received warm response internationally, where it has secured multiple distribution deals that is worth over USD 2 million.
Local animation houses such as Animasia, Les’ Copaque, and Shock3D are leading the animation industry but releasing the movies and animated series, and many Malaysians such as I, are proud of this achievement. Our own powerhouse in CGI movies, KRU Studios, who have been using CGI effects in their movies such as Cicakman and Merong Mahawangsa, are doing their own bits to elevate the industry. KRU Studios offer scholarship programs for those are passionate to pursue a career in the industry.
We were ecstatic when Lat’s Kampung Boy came to our television in 1997, and Malaysians are just as proud with our current animation innovation. Others have criticized these local products of, well, being “local”, but I say; let’s take one step at a time.