Starchild: Malaysian children have a vivid imagination when it comes to aliens


Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, 6

Have you ever wondered how aliens look and behave? Do you imagine them as strange beings that look like a one-eyed giant cyclops? Perhaps they are blue and tall like the Na’vis from the sci-fi movie Avatar? Maybe they look very much like us humans.

In movies and television series, aliens are often portrayed as good natured and helpful characters.

Among them include Groot - the friendly talking tree from Guardians of the Galaxy or the furry and cute Chewbacca from Star Wars.While there are many theories that suggest aliens do exist, NASA rovers that trawl Mars have yet to find extraterrestrial life forms living on the Red Planet.

Let’s hear what Starchild readers had to say on the topic, Space Hero.

Shanjana Shanmugapathy, 11, likes the space character Groot – a tree – from the movie Guardians of The Galaxy. “I like Groot because he has a good personality. Groot is well loved by everyone because he’s cute, he has a sense of humour and he is a team player. Groot will forever be one of my favourite characters.”

Jodie Tan Li Juen, 12Jodie Tan Li Juen, 12

Jodie Tan Li Juen, 12, likes Groot too. “He is cute, and all he wants to do is help his friends and protect them along the way. It is fun and lovable when he says: ‘I am Groot’. I also like the Star Wars character Chewbacca who is Han Solo’s co-pilot and best friend. He is brave, intelligent, selfless and trustworthy.”

Jayden Tan Li Sheng, 8Jayden Tan Li Sheng, 8

Eight-year-old Jayden Tan Li Sheng writes: “I like all space heroes from Star Wars and Marvel Comics. It is because they have many creative hands and ways on how to save the universe. They have creative and large spaceships. I love Baby Yoda’s cuteness and adorable appearance, especially his big beautiful eyes and oversized ears.”

Debria Preethi Jeyarajah, 10Debria Preethi Jeyarajah, 10

Debria Preethi Jeyarajah, 10, thinks aliens range from little green men in the sci-fi world to tiny life forms beyond Earth. Her favourite space characters are two-headed alien Admirals Watson and Crick from the cartoon Miles From Tomorrowland. “I like them because they give out commands to space heroes to keep the galaxy safe. Their motto is Mission Force 1 Connect and Protect. Admirals Watson is quiet but Crick is mischievous. They squabble alot and that adds extra fun to the cartoon series.”

Chloe Leong Xizhen, 8Chloe Leong Xizhen, 8

Eight-year-old Chloe Leong Xizhen doesn’t don’t like aliens because she thinks they are scary and crazy. “An alien with a birthday cake face with candles on top of its eyes? How about an alien with a pizza body and yummy sweets as its legs? Can you imagine an alien with a tortilla chip for its face and watermelon as the wings? Aliens are super weird and funny.”

“If aliens exist, based on what I see in cartoons, I imagine some of them will be friendly, some mischievous and some cowardly - just like humans! However, appearance-wise they could be slimy and sticky, looking very different from human beings, writes Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, six.

“I drew Larry the Cucumber in a space suit, from the cartoon series VeggieTales. The series is about veggies that teaches about the importance of sharing. I like Larry because he is such a clever and funny character,” says three-year-old Asher Wang Qi Chuen.

Asher Wang Qi Chuen, 3Asher Wang Qi Chuen, 3

Mandy Tang, four, likes Sir Kevin – one of the most notable characters from the computer-animated movie, Minions. “He is strong and brave. He saved his friends Bob and Stuart from their enemies.”

Mandy Tang, 4Mandy Tang, 4

Eight-year-old Sophie Yap Jyn Qing says: “Two aliens are pretending to be Santa Claus. One alien has one eye, and the other has three eyes.

Sophie Yap Jyn Qing, 8Sophie Yap Jyn Qing, 8

Younger sibling Claire Yap Jyn Wei, six, thinks aliens are different from humans. They could have two eyes like us, or three or four. I imagine them to be slimy as there is no bathroom in outer space. They live amongst the stars. The stars and aliens sleep during the day,, and wake up at night so that people will not be able to see them walking around during the daytime.” - Compiled by Sheela Chandran

Claire Yap Jyn Wei, 6Claire Yap Jyn Wei, 6

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ITEM: Do you like to go to the beach? Tell us what you enjoy most about the beach. Could it be swimming in the sea, building sand castles, catching crabs or lazing under a coconut tree. Let’s hope interstate travel will be allowed soon so that everyone can visit their favourite beach spots around Malaysia.

E-mail your contributions to lifestyle@thestar.com.my by Sept 24. Please put “STARCHILD: Beaches” in the subject line of your e-mail.

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