Kartun Studios' animated movie about a frog breaks new ground.
THE recent launch of Kartun Studios’ first 3D animated film Ribbit in Petaling Jaya, Selangor was a rapturous affair. It’s all thanks to the presence of popular comedian Johan Raja Lawak, who provides the voice for the titular character in the Bahasa Malaysia version. The funny guy of Raja Lawak fame joked with Ribbit director Chuck Powers about his so-called prowess in English.
“I’m afraid to speak in English because then you (Chuck) wouldn’t understand because it’s so deep,” he said to the media at the launch.
But for KRU Group CEO and executive president Norman Abdul Halim, Ribbit is Kartun Studios serious entry into the local animation industry.
“Making high-quality animation costs a lot of money. Take for example Disney’s Frozen. For a 90-minute animated film, it was an investment that cost US$150mil (RM475mil). We know that we don’t have that kind of financial resource here. But we do have the talent,” said Norman.