Wednesday, August 25, 2010

One Year Has Passed: My Life In KL

It's roughly the similar time last year that I moved from Singapore to Pea Jay. Yes, it was about sometime this year that I experienced the Hungry Ghost, ate boxful of mooncakes & had a festive Raya!

Now, that all of these season are back, I know that I've been making Pea Jay home for about a year or so... and so far, life has been amazing here! Now, let me recall some happy memories...

Cakap Cakap KL (& other unique KL stuff)!
I've had some very interesting moments from being told that I speak with a slang, being asked to speak Canto (& not Mando), learning the KL talk, and a list of other incidents which bit by bit made me less a KL virgin (like listening to KL Canto stations, double parking, or even exchanging car park tickets!) haha!!!

Unique to Malaysia, I started to like some bold unique T-shirts - from pasar malam or the malls (yeah, locally made!).. so started my collection of these t-shirts.

I also enjoy just lepak-ing in the many malls in Kay El - with one of my biggest awe going to this boutique style mall, The Empire Shopping Gallery.

Now, I won't say sunsets are unique to KL (definitely not), but it's the past 1 year that I think I watched the most sunsets in my life since schooldays (and am loving it!).

Bar Hopping!
More like bar-ing for I didn't go that often or as much I think I would have.. However in that 'little' bar-ing that I went, I managed to go to some of the best bar in Kay El - SkyBar, its rival Luna Bar, and G Six. As much as I like these, but I also like the club Opera.. at Sunway! (Sunway really showed the way!)

Seeing Stars & Meeting Personalities!
In & around Kay El, for work or future work, I participated in a few events, meeting some really cool personalities..

Meeting Norman KRU at MSC's event. A fan of he & his 2 brothers (KRU), this was quite a pleasant surprise.

Meeting Ekin Cheng at the press conference for his movie launch. I've always wanted to meet him - and it came true! (next, hopefully to work with him someday! - act in a movie together? hehe).

Meeting Lea Salonga for her performance in KL... Pinoy power continues, and I'm glad I saw one of the many talented Asians who made it globally.

Others I've met include John Stevenson (Director Kung Fu Panda), Joanna Bessey (actress from once super popular Malaysia sitcom Kopitiam), interesting writer Hishamuddin Rais, & Singapore actors Neo Swee Lin (the Ah Ma in Phua Chu Kang) & hubby Lim Kay Siu.

Holidays Beyond KL!

With KL being the heart & centre of Malaysia, I've managed to make some good trips out of the city too - to the likes of beach paradise Cherating (say ahhh...) & up north to makan makan & jalan jalan Penang.

And of course, not to forget, my many jalan jalan to Kuala Selangor, which are short escapades for me from the pressure sometimes.

Food, Oh Glorious Kay El Food!

Other good things in life in PJ & KL - ah, the good food - like the extra yummy hokkien mee @ Petaling Street to my first time eating claypot lou siu fan...! (also at Petaling Street or one more at Taman Tun).

Other good food I've tried that I really like - chili pan mee, KL roast duck, musang king durian and the popular Ramly burger (with the one in Uptown being my super favourite!).

Cool Kay El Memories! Brrr!

honeymoond dessert
Oh and how not to forget the day I tried Honeymoon dessert during 'winter season'.., flooding me with memories of cool Shanghai! I can still remember my joy having this mango coconut drink for the very first time in Kay El... ! (I'm sure it was just the same like a young kid getting candies for the first time!).

snow kl
And talking bout cool yeah, I've actually saw snow in Kay El! Caya!

So, one year of good memories... like I always believe that in the end, it's the memories that count. Life has been good, and I'm grateful for this..

And I'm hoping to continue the many super cool & memorable memories in for the year to come, in my now home, Pea Jay (& Kay El!).

Saturday, August 21, 2010

50 + 3 Malaysia (Yes, I Love Malaysia)

So this year beloved Malaysia is going to celebrate it's 53rd Hari Merdeka!

2 years ago, I published a book to celebrate its 51st birthday (the 50+1 Malaysia book), but this year, I'm doing something different.. a simple blog post of 53 things I relate to homeland, Malaysia..

1. Upin & Ipin

uopin & ipin
While some are still clueless bout this duo, but it's them who are bringing attention to the Malaysian animation industry.. before them, who would ever thought that Malaysian animation can be that big - seriously?

2. Siti Nurhaliza
It's been years since she has been in the industry.. but still, no other Malaysian based celebrity has such star power, till today.

3. Ah Niu
So 1Malaysian, Ah Niu leads the rest of the Malaysian Chinese artistes (in Taiwan) on what makes a true blue Malaysian Chinese! Though his Malay language is passable, but his proudness for Malaysia is unquestionable!

4. Media Prima
TV3, 8TV, TV9, NTV7, One FM, Fly FM, HOT FM.. and now News Straits Times... Media Prima is simply - everywhere! U just can't miss them! After all, they make free to air TV & radio... cool!

5. Astro
Malaysians complain of rising costs but even low costs houses see the need to subscribe to the satellite base TV!!! But even if you don't, u can't fully run away from them - that is if your car channel plays Hitz, Mix, My or Era FM..

6. Malay tabloids
As Malaysia papers go smaller in size, the tabloids rule the day with their cerita panas & sensasi, with sometimes more interesting stories than the usual heavy reads (hey aren't toyols, or gossips on celebritiy & politicians more interesting?)

7. Bukit Bintang

bukit bintang
Think visiting Kay El, and think Bukit Bintang.. it's the face of KL (apart from the twin towers of course). Yeah, it maybe messy and all, but, this is really the heart of Kay El, alrite!

8. Pavilion & The Other Mega Malls

Pavilion shows that Malaysia finally got class (and is alive)...! (see all the cool 'overseas-like' ads? Well, they are usually taken from the pavement of non other than this spanking new mall!!).

sunway pyramid malaysia
But before Pavilion, the middle incomers have been enjoying the double extension malls - like when 1 Utama opened its new wing or when Sunway Pyramid doubled itself up! So did Midvalley Megamall by opening Gardens..! Talk about size & all things BIG!

9. Perodua (and still, Proton)
From 2nd to first, Perodua showed the way to be on top with less complains (are there actually?).

But though now at no. 2, our cannot forget, Proton, is still around.. and I'm sure we all want it to, don't we? (maybe buck up, but don't get out!)

10. Lee Chong Wei
He may not always win Lin Dan, but Chong Wei, is still no 1 in world rankings.. making him get some good endorsement deals from the likes of 100 Plus & Yonex, and is quite a celebrated sports personality (reminds of the 90s when Rashid Sidek was our national hero who even acted in movies!).

11. Nicol David
Nicol shows that while Malaysia is not as consistent as it wants to be, however, it is actually possible (she is still no. 1 in world rankings!)... the only sad issue, squash is not an Olympic sport. Otherwise Malaysia may already reap gold medals here!

12. Umno, MCA, Barisan Nasional, DAP, Pakatan Rakyat, PAS, PKR...
Whichever fence ur on, some of the politicians & their antiques just make life colourful for our daily lives cos everything under the sun comes into Malaysian politics - from corruption to slanders, scandals.. what else?!

13. 1Malaysia
This campaign is simply everywhere..! From politician mouths to campaigns by brands.. we just hear, look & see this every other day from radio stations to TV, in the newspapers & even billboards (now, what is 1Malaysia again?).

14. PJ, Shah Alam & the rest of Klang Valley

Say what u want, but Kay El needs PJ & the rest of the Klang Valley.. for KL alone is just too small and can be jaded, after a while.. and this is where Pea Jay & the likes of Shah Alam makes it complete (afterall, PJ is the one with the mega malls like Sunway or 1U, and Selangor is the one that boasts of waterfalls to fireflies.. and good seafood, not to mention more scenic views!).

15. The Star
If ur English speaking, you are most likely a Star reader, someway or rather - online or offline, weekday or weekend. They also own Red FM and host events from big celebrities to consumer based events (like Femm City)... only thing they are not in, a TV channel (well not yet, anyway).

16. Malaysia very own Magazines
Though we are flooded with foreign magazines that are published locally, but here in Malaysia, our local magazines of the likes of KLUE, I.M, and those by Karangkraf are hugely popular themselves.. giving readers a wide choice of read, and those that are closer to their hearts (hooray to highlighting local talents!!!).

17. Nasi Lemak & Roti Canai
In such a diverse country, the food is many.. but one dish that unites us all & eaten by nearly every other Malaysian is non other than the the nasi lemak.
Btw, close behind it is likely to be the roti canai, which again serves for breakfast, lunch, dinner.. or supper!

18. Teh Tarik & Kopi O Kosong

teh tarik

So prices of sugar is up, but that doesn't stop us from drinking the super rich in sugar 'pulled tea' - night or day. And for the less sweet & kopi fans, the kopi o kosong (and sometimes the white kopi) rules!

19. Old Town & The Other Kopitiams
Yes, there's Starbucks or Coffee Bean, but Old Town & its close competitors like Pappa Rich or Kluang Station most likely rule the nation with their white coffees, kaya toast breads or nasi lemak dishes. Ask yourself - when was the last time u ate or drank in these kopitiam? Pretty recent, no?

20. KL Nightlife

malaysia nightlife, kl nightlife, opera sunway
This is tricky. After all, we are a Muslim country.. but that doesn't stop Malaysians and our tourists alike from having 'fun', right? The thing is we Malaysians are not as close minded as you think we are.. all u have to do, is to know where to go! (Caution: your eyes may just pop out & your jaw drop to the floor - and no, I'm not joking!)

21. Manglish
Though maybe less popular globally to the Singlish (or maybe even the Chinglish), but hey, our Manglish is just unique to us! How lah not to speak with the lah..???

22. Hypermarkets - the likes of Giant, Carrefour, Tesco..
We Malaysians just love things - BIG. The malls are and so are our supermarkets, which have mainly been replaced by the gigantic hypermarkets. Sundry shops just don't do anymore heh?

23. Durian

Locally made - and proud of it.. now this is one fruit, all of us Malaysians can be proud of.. cos no other country (yet) produces such thick & delicious yellow fruits (or at times red), like we do. A form of Malaysia Boleh?

24. The islands

redang island
We've heard of Sipadan, though the likelihood is more foreigners visit there.. so is Tioman. But mention Redang or Perhentian, and that's in our must-visit list, together with the likes of errr... Bali & Phuket?

25. Mamak
Like the nasi lemak, mamak is another form that unites the many different races of Malaysia. The best place for breakfast, sometimes lunch & dinner... and definitely a good hangout for supper!

26. Malaysia Driving & Parking
The Malaysia Boleh spirit is here again... with lazy Malaysians who don't want to walk that far, or for some to get too much sun, Malaysians just love to double park.. and if that's not enough, sometimes, it do seem that some roads are really, their grandfathers'.

27. Bahasa Pasar: the new Bahasa Malaysia
So the mainstream media uses the more formal Bahasa baku.. but if u really want to understand the locals, u got to master the bahasa pasar - where new words are introduced, long words get shorter and... are now much more hip! (this is where textbooks get thrown out, and you'll learn more from text messages!)

28. Maxis, Digi, Celcom.. & Tune Talk
Like every other country, telco rules - and with unique ads to boot. Here, we get the fat yellow man from Digi or the more exclusive Maxis to the celebrity prone Celcom.. and recently the super hero style of Tune Talk. (oh yeah, we have U mobile too.. but that's a bit too quiet for now). Pricing - err, what pricing? We just like adverts...

29. Malaysia Internet
With 2 main competitors here (P1 Wimax & Streamyx), arguments are abound on who is better or in some cases, who is worse.. and while they giants battle it out, we users get to see some catchy ads like the controversial Sudah Potong ad.

30. Air Asia, Firelyz & yes, Malaysia Airlines
Now that nearly everyone can fly, Malaysians are booking their holidays months to year(s) in advance. Competition is tight, though in the minds of most Malaysians when it comes to the next holiday is most likely the red colour plane with its eye catching adverts (the other budget airlines like Tiger & JetStar should learn a thing or two from us Malaysians...).

31. Fake DVDs
While the Straweberry Generation are downloading from their online sources for their movies, but the older generation still prefer the ease of just putting a few ringgits into the many DVD stalls in the night markets or in some places, those with their own shoplots too!

So, what's your take - Hollywood blockbuster, Korean drama or HK series?

32. Pasar Malam
Though with the hypermarkets and all the other megamalls springing up, but still, the pasar malam rules just like the pasar pagi. Some things in Malaysia will never change, and let's keep it that way.

33. CIMB, Maybank, Hong Leong, Public Bank, RHB and..
Our local banks rule the banking industry, at least in the average Malaysian eyes through their advertisements after advertisements we see daily. Leading the pack is of course CIMB who is fighting hard to be no. 1., and close to them, ehem, Maybank.

34. (High end) Property

Just judging on the property in & around the Klang Valley, Malaysians seem to be one rich lot.. with good decent property ranging from RM400k and above, and RM400/ square feet becoming a norm. Even RM1 million homes don't send shockwaves anymore.. (and we thought that Singapore is scarce in land..).

35. KLCC

It may be over 10 years old, but still, the 2 towers are our pride till today - ain't it? After all, which new impressive structure has sprung up after it?

36. Malaysia Festivities & the holidays
From the western holidays (like New Year to Christmas) to the local holidays (Raya, CNY, Deepavali, Hari Gawai, etc etc)... life can never be the same without them. Who else in the world eats ketupat to mooncakes, muruku and fruitcakes at the same time having holidays along with it?

37. Expressways & Highways
When there's no jam, the expressways in the country are a big pride. It makes living in the Klang Valley seem small.. and that Peninsula Malaysia is so connected. But when it jams... that's where the expressways get more attention - not the good ones that is (like the lanes are too little, bad exits.. etc etc).

38. Jimmy Choo, Zang Toi, & Malaysian Fashion
Malaysian fashion has made headlines overseas with the likes of Jimmy and Zang.. and now the press is paying more attention to our fashion designers. Oh the need for Malaysian talent to be recognised by the orang puteh before it gets an applause back home.. but well, at least they get recognised. So hooray to Malaysia Boleh!

39. Malaysia Snacks

Ding Dang, Tora to Mister Potato, Mamee, Munchies.. we have many local food brands that we snack - either when we were kids or still, now.

40. Akademi Fantasia & The Young Imam Show
Though you may not have watched Akademi Fantasia, but you must have at least heard bout it (or else go google it now!). It has produced the once bigger -than-Siti, Mawi. However, the other winners are not as popular (except say, Vince? and the new AF8 winner Shahir)... But still, year after year, this is one show not to be missed!

Close behind it, like all Malaysian style comes The Young Imam Show, a hugely popular reality TV for the next imam. I've said it before, it's the Malay/ Muslim market that rules the country - so for the rest, blend in if you want a share.

41. Ramly Burger

Ok, not all Malaysians eat burgers (ask the older generation, and burgers are as alien like the Japanese). But the younger generation snap up McDonalds just like the Americans do. Only difference, we have the local Ramly Burger that sells in stalls (usually outside the 7-11) too.

42. Cuti Cuti... err, 1Malaysia
While flying to the likes of Bangkok, Singapore or even China/ Taiwan is cheap(er) nowadays, but that doesn't beat the fact of just taking a drive away to our other Malaysian destinations. For the KL-ites & PJ-ers, Ipoh, Penang, Malacca.. even Kuantan, Kota Bahru or Kuala Terengganu is simply a drive away... different sceneries, different food, and 'away' from the honking KL jam. Even a drive around Selangor is good enough for a holiday experience!

Or for those with a bit more time & budget, just take a flight & u'll be in Kuching or Kota Kinabalu in no time!

43. Patriotic Malaysia Songs
Some may skip these songs altogether, especially for the Strawberry Generation who are much more internet based... and that's a pity.. cos though many are like 'Mickey Mouse tunes', but there are some memorable ones too like Demi Negara or the remake of 31 Ogos (by Sudirman).

44. Lat, Ujang.. and Malaysian comic
Some of our cartoonists show that local talents and characters can be loved. Till today, after over 3 decades, cartoonist Lat is still well loved & his books still selling, very very well!

And it do seem that Lat has opened doors for other cartoonists like Ujang & the once super popular Gila Gila (though now, Gempak Starz seems to be in the lead).

45. Malaysian Indie Music Scene
Though still relatively small, but the indie music scene here in Malaysia has muscles - with the likes of singers like OAG first making a big break with their 60s TV. Though already disband, some other notable singers have since come up - the most successful one to date is most likely Yuna, who also won some good awards and Bunkface.

46. The Cap Brands

cap ayam tshirt
First we have the Ayam Brand canned food... and some smart entrepreneurs came up with the Cap Ayam t-shirts later. We also have the minyak cap kapak. Do we also have a Cap Gajah brand..? And er.. what's next?

47. Kuih muih

kuih muih
Malay sellers sell them. Nyonya sellers sell them. Even Chinese sellers sell these row of colourful kuihs.. why not? After all, we Malaysians just love all things sweet.. (and the fact that it is so easy to munch it!)!

48. Malaysia road signs
While some of the road signs along the major highways are good, but at other times, these road signs are simply confusing. Too many different signboards to one destination makes a driver more lost, though on the bright side - we have that many alternative roads to one destination! (the best example is the roundabout just after arriving in KL International Airport.. now which signboard to u follow to go to Kay El?)

49. Gambling
Singapore maybe celebrating its 2 casinos with extreme hype, but in Muslim country Malaysia, we've had that for ages already.. and when we buy ekor (4D), we buy it from 3 different outlets (there's Magnum, 1+3D & Toto).. so who says we are conservative?? (Just make sure u close your house doors & curtains when you play mahjong during CNY!)

50. Malaysia Online Netizens
Despite the broadband connection from all providers are just so-so, but that doesn't stop Malaysians from going into forums to chit chat (it's surprising to see forums like Lowyat being so alive despite the competition from Facebook!), becoming bloggers (be it celebrity bloggers money-making bloggers or just personal bloggers), going into Twitter Jaya, or being Facebook users!

Btw, Blogging & Twittering is like the next best thing for elder Malaysian politicians who can't get the mainstream media with them - like Tun Dr M, Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang.. but then, now, even the PM himself is blogging, twittering.. and facebooking, so that means a lot to online power! (March 8, 2008 sure made a difference!)

51. Malaysia (no make that KL) Public Transport System
While we may most likely never ever compare ourselves to the likes of Taipei, South Korea, Shanghai in terms of transportation, but a fair bit of KL-ites, PJ-ians and the rest in Klang Valley rely on the commuters & buses of RapidKL.

And though it's not that extensive, but big(ger) Klang Valley's public transport can have a small pat on the back for its connectivity (yes, I've heard good comments bout it).. so next, it's time to boost up the frequency!

52. Malaysia media scene
We may not be much compared to Hollywood, Bollywood, or even the likes of the Philippines or Indonesia. But then, why are we getting so much attention from the Singaporeans? Definitely our media scene is rather BIG! (think the hiburan Melayu - it ain't just bout Siti!!!)

53. Land Of Foreign Celebrities
While we ban many big celebrities from coming to our shores, but still, many make their way here for concerts, product launches & other events (now, haven't they known we are not that 'open' or is it that Malaysia/ Malaysians are just too appealing??). MTV Asia (with line up like Katie Perie), Korea boybands, HK & Taiwanese stars, other Hollywood stars.. and the string of Bollywood actors & actresses (the latest is Aishwarya Rai & A.R Rahman) stop by and make all the bans & weird remarks about Malaysia being to strict, etc etc just fade away...

Well, there you have it.. 53 things about Malaysia-land. I hope u enjoy this post as much as I did writing it.. It has taken me much longer than I expected (3 days on & off), but in any case, I had lots of fun doing this.

To beloved country, Malaysia, here's wishing you a Happy Happy Merdeka! And here's to the spirit of Malaysia BOLEH!!! Now, shall we all sing 31 Ogos? :)

*Missed anything you think that relates to Malysia? Well, let me know! :)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My Favourite Animation Movies

I've done some of my favourite TV cartoons, and here are my own list of favourite animation movies/ cartoons that I watched/ managed to watch.. compiled based on order it is completed (The ones in blue are my super favourites!).

1. Who Framed Roger Rabbit

who framed roger rabbit
Not sure how many remember this... but it's one of the cartoons I'd remember watching as a kid. At that time, there aren't that many animation that is being released & shown here hence of course it makes this quite a fun watch (which kid wouldn't?).

Btw, I still remember KFC tying up with this movie - buy KFC and get the bunny & friends toys!

*I'm putting this here though it's not full animation cos I think this is one of the very first animation movies I've watched when it was still hot (ie newly released).

2. The Little Mermaid

the little mermaid

Why I like it:
Well, living underwater (singing & dancing as well) - this is rather imaginative. But what I like most is the songs & the group dances - like Under The Sea & Kiss The Girl. Till today, I think songs from The Little Mermaid is still one of the best songs an animation have produced.

3. Beauty & The Beast

beauty & the beast
I can't remember much from this movie but I do know that is has good songs, great animation (the ballroom dance is still remarkable to me till today) and a decent storyline - one with Disney's heart warming touch.

However, if I can change one part - wouldn't it be better if the Beast remained as... the Beast?

4. Aladdin

aladdinMystical and magical.. ahh, the kind of story I like. Flying carpet, genie, Arabian city - what a good mix... And like this period, I love the songs from the movie especially one where the Genie sings and the other of course, the main theme song A Whole New World.

5. Lion King

the lion king Another one of my favourite storylines: the nobody-turn-hero story. Again, it's this time when Disney's movies have great memorable songs like the romantic Elton John's Can You Feel The Love Tonight or the other Disney's trademark, the pompous I Just Can't Wait To Be King.

6. Toy Story

toy story
Moving away from the traditional way of the late 80s & early 90s style of musical animation comes Toy Story. Gone are the group songs or even romantic duets.

But still, this movie found a place in me.. and while I must say that though I can't remember Toy Story 1 nor 2 much, but it is the more recent Toy Story 3 that captures my attention most - mainly for its heart warming storyline (awwww).

And even without that many songs, the main theme song You've Got A Friend In Me, is still one cool song!

7. A Bug's Life

a bugs life
Antz vs A Bug's Life - and I'd give the latter the thumbs up... somehow the more down to earth blue ant seems more appealing. Btw, the story is again similar to The Lion King - yes, the unexpected hero.

8. Shrek

Usually, the prince is the ugly one while the princess is the pretty one.. but not in this case (hence maybe the tagline - the greatest fairytale ever).

But anyway that doesn't matter here - the movie is funny, and the songs used are popular catchy tunes.. which makes the movie rather exciting! And that zorro like cat & his pussy eyes (who can forget him holding the hat with the sad sad eyes? haha!)

9. Monsters, Inc

monsters inc
One of my other all time favourite animation is this (again) heart warming story.. of a very unlikely match: a ferocious monster and an innocent little girl (and the funny green one eyed monster)... But like most movies, the girl manage to turn the monster around to show his caring side (awwww).

10. Lilo & Stitch

lilo & stitch
I think I've said enough of the blue alien character in my previous blog post: Ohana Means Family, which btw is my favourite cartoon of all time, so far.

11. Finding Nemo

finding nemo
Okay, I like the sea a lot.. so when it comes with underwater animation, it usually fascinates me. But of course, I think this movie did well in animation - the colours are astounding and it has a rather interesting & unique storyline - a fish and its adventure across the globe!

Btw, I recall the jelly fish scene and also the ending where the fishes were all trapped in the plastic wraps (now were they eventually back into the sea?)

12. The Incredibles

the incredibles
Another type of movies that I like - superheroes... yeah, your average human beings who acts just like everyone else, but who actually are heroes with superpowers. So that obviously make me like this movie... but more than that, I like this animation too for it is not about just 1 superhero, but instead it's a group - and a family too!

That's where teamwork comes into play - putting aside their differences!.

13. Madagascar

Not another lion cartoon? Well no doubt there's a lion here, but this is not like the more serious Lion King.. instead, it's a group of funny & superly hilarious bunch of zoo animals. While the main casts of the lion, giraffe, hippopotamus and zebra are cool - but so are the sidekick penguins! (the movie just won't be the same without them!).

14. Happy Feet

happy feet
I never thought much of this animation by its poster.. but I was in for a good ride watching this movie. I remember leaving the cinema very inspired & yes, happy!

15. Ratatouille

While the past decade saw mainly animals only or human only cartoons, but this rat movie bridged the gap.. it was a friendship between humans, and errr.. rats! The setting in scenic Paris and the set in the kitchen were also plus points to this movie.

*While I enjoyed this movie, however, I doubt that many people will have bought rats as compared to buying the fish (from Finding Nemo).. haha!

16. Kung Fu Panda

kung fu pandaJust like Ratatouille, I like this movie for its beautiful setting - set in non other than great China! Great kung fu fighting scenes, great animation, but more to it, I like this animation most for its inspiring message - to believe in one's self (who says cartoon is bad for kids.. and adults too?).

17. WALL-E

wall e
Think robots & cartoons - and usually the image of super robots come into mind. But in this movie, it's not the case to be.. instead comes a robot that is maybe less than 1/1oth the size of Optimus Prime from Transformers!

But still I find this movie heart warming.. although it still uses the same storyline of the 'unexpected' hero - with a touch of romance. Robot in love - ah, that's interesting!

18. Up

Another unusual combination - a blur, talkative & fat scout with a grumpy old man. But in fact, it is this contrasting characters that make this animation work.

I like the opening of this movie where it bring the viewers on the love story of the old man & his wife.. and I also like the part where the house can actually fly - now that's animation alrite!

Whew, what a long list there..! Yes, I am an animation fan - big time. haha!
Btw, is there any of your favourite animation that I've missed?

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Malaysia's Cool Animation: Upin & Ipin

upin & ipinMy research on animation lately brought me to the super twins of Upin & Ipin. If you are Malaysian, you should have at least heard bout these 2 school kids & their friends.. or at least seen them somewhere..

After all, they are everywhere...! From TV show to road shows to their own monthly magazines, car stickers & even their own merchandise - mugs, school bags, etc... you can't really miss this duo.

upin & ipinNow what's so great about them? For one, they are overly Malaysian - they have your 3 major races thing, living in the kampung (village), and with Malaysian culture like respecting the elders, and also some Islamic teachings (eg about fasting). So this is definitely a thumbs up approval by papas & mummies.

But then how about the kids? Why would they like them despite the fact of having all these 'heavy stuff' which would most likely not fall into the cool category of most kids.

Well, for one, Upin & Ipin are cheeky & funny (think Alvin & The Chipmunks)... ie they are very likeable characters. And who can forget, they have that trademark of "Betul.. betul.. betul" (ie Right, right, right).

But like most successful cartoons, the storyline is also heart warming & interesting (the fact that it is set in the village most likely contributes to this).

Add all these factors together, and we get a very successful cartoon series & animation (their movie was one of the top movies of all time in Malaysia to date)... and with over 2 million fans on Facebook!

They are most likely the next big thing in Malaysia after movie hero Michelle Yeoh or pop princess Siti Nurhaliza... in fact, they may just be bigger.