THIS animated film took 2 years to complete, just like the Upin & Ipin animation, Geng: Pengembaraan Bermula (2009). It’s not the only thing both movies have in common — they also share the same director.
At the Gala Premier of Boboiboy: The Movie last Saturday, Nizam Razak, Chief Executive Officer of Animonsta Studios, expressed his relief following audience reaction to his directorial venture.
“The production of the movie has been like studying for a test, and today is the exam,” he stated.
The first film of the popular local kids franchise since its launch in 2011, BoBoiBoy The Movie tells the tale of superhero Boboiboy and his friends Gopal, Yaya, Ying and Fang who also possess superhuman abilities such as extreme speed and the ability to turn objects into food.
Their power-sphere-robot friend, Ochobot, is kidnapped by an evil gang roaming the galaxy in search of power spheres. To save Ochobot, Boboiboy and his superhero friends venture into a mysterious, floating island.
You’ll have to watch the movie to find out what happens next.
The film features “Masih Di Sini” by Bunkface, as well as unity anthem “Di Bawah Langit Yang Sama” by Indonesian band D’ Masiv.
Rian Ekky Pradipta, lead vocalist of D’ Masiv, stated that Boboiboy is for children all around the world and claimed “kita semua serumpun” before performing the song at the premiere.
Chief Operation Officer of Animonsta Studios, Kee Yong Pin meanwhile provided an interesting perspective during the press conference after the screening of the movie.
“Growing up, we never had Malaysian superheroes or animation to look up to — instead we always looked to the creation of Hollywood and Japanese manga, thus creating a sense of inferiority among Malaysian youth,” he stated.
According to Kee, the perception that Malaysians and their creative endeavours are somehow inferior compared to their international counterpart can be eliminated by incorporating Malaysian characters, animation and cultural elements into our media and storytelling.
Boboiboy: The Movie is set to hit Malaysian screens on 3 March 2016.