Young animators taste success

CYBERJAYA: Students from Sekolah Kebangsaan Kem Tentera have won a national animation competition and will have their work, Ucu, aired over the Disney Channel.

The team of three beat about 11 other school teams from around the country. The teams had to produce a two- to three-minute animated clip each, based on the theme “Alien encounter.”

The competition was held after a workshop on animation here, organised by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and the Disney Channel South-East Asia.

A panel comprising representatives from the two organisations and the Education Ministry judged the entries.

SK Kem Tentera students Mohd Rusdi Jabani, 11, Mohd Irfan Lutfi Hajullah, 11, and Hafizul Mufti A Ramos, 10, said they are elated at winning the grand prize. Ucu is a tale of an abandoned alien child trying to fit into human society,

Mohd Rusdi said production work was divided among the team members, with each assigned to draw different elements in the story, such as background, characters and effects.

“We are happy that we won and are eager to see our clip shown over the Disney Channel on Astro,” he said.

Their teacher, Hatta Yunus Sawabi, said he is very proud of the team’s success and hopes to organise similar workshops on animation in their school, which is in Sandakan, Sabah.

The students also won a trip to the Hong Kong Disneyland and will get a chance to meet Disney’s famous alien character, Stitch, of the Lilo and Stitch animated movie.

“The objective of the workshop is to spur interest in animation among young Malaysians,” said Walt Disney Television International (Japan) vice-president and general manager for branded channels, Eddie Cox.

Cox was one of the competition judges. “Judging the entries was tough because there was so much talent and the kids had interesting stories,” he said.

“No matter how great the animation quality, there must always be a compelling story,” he added.

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