Monday, October 22, 2007
William Faulkner once said that the aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed, so that a hundred years later, when a stranger feasts his eyes on it, it shall move again, since it is life. Anuar Dan did precisely that.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Lomo, or lomography (shooting with cheap snapshot cameras) is known for its dreamlike, aesthetis, with optical distortion, supersaturated colors, exaggerated vignetting, streaks from light leaks, and unpredictable outcomes.
The character design is quite simple but very original. It is obvious the animators spend a lot of time refining the characters as they are believable and full of characteristics that Malaysians can identify with. Details like the slight nuances the characters make right down to the kind of fabric. The voice actors too give as much life to the characters as with the animators. The characters in Upin & Ipin give a lasting impression throughout the episodes. The neighbourhood kids Rajoo (Kannan A/L Rajan) and Mei Mei(Yap Ee Jean). I'm sure most of you have encountered kids like Mei Mei and Rajoo while growing up in
Although the characters are simple in design, the environment is so rich in detail right down to the door hinges, plants, textile’s design, kid’s drawings on the wall and even the tudung saji (the thing to cover food).Anyone in Malaysia will tell you how reminiscent the environment is of a typical Malay kampung (village).
What I am most impressed with is how educational and rich in culture the storyline is. It teaches you Malaysian culture and also the teachings of Islam. It has a very Malaysian sense of humour that may appeal to international viewers as well.
The one thing that they could improve on is the sound design. Not that it is bad or anything but they could add a bit more detail or get rid of the popping and hissing sounds produced by speaking too close to the microphone. It is not that obvious but it is there. I'm just looking for something to complain about because it's just too awesome!
The series is addictive and fun for the whole family to watch. This series will pave the way for many generations of great Malaysian 3d animators to come. Finally a Malaysian 3d company I can be proud of.
Upin & Ipin Trailer
Upin & Ipin : Episod 1 - Esok Puasa
Upin & Ipin : Episod 2 - Dugaan
Upin & Ipin : Episod 3 - Nikmat
Upin & Ipin : Episod 4 - Terawih
Upin & Ipin : Episod 5 - Esok Raya
Upin & Ipin ; Episod 6 - Hari Raya
Les' Copaque Production website
The Official Production Blog