PHOTO - (from left) Silas Hickey, regional creative director, Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific; Andrew Ooi, managing director Inspidea; Wong Yee Hsien, creative director Tomato Animation (middle); and Kamil Othman, vice president of Creative Multimedia Division, MDeC at the special media screening of the animation shorts of the two finalists; Tomato Animation and Unizaru.
Malaysian ICT government agency Multimedia Development Corporation together with Cartoon Network Asia has announced the two animated shorts' finalists from the channel's creative development initiative, SNAPTOONS.
Speaking on 12 April 2012, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) vice president for creative multimedia department Kamil Othman said the two finalists - Tomato Animation and Unizaru - were selected for their originality as well as fulfilling SNAPTOON's (Short New Asia Pacific Cartoons') criteria to be fun, funny and fearless.
"Close to 98 percent of the workforce involved in the local Creative Content Industry are Malaysian," said Othman. "Thus a programme like SNAPTOONS provides an excellent opportunity for members of the local creative fraternities to convene and share their knowledge, insights and ideas with their regional, and even global, counterparts. This will in turn inspire the birth and growth of a new generation of animation studios and talents who can lead Malaysia's creative content and ideas to critical international acclaim."
"Beyond that, programmes like SNAPTOONS, which was started in 2006, provide local budding animators with the opportunity to meet with renowned international animators and studios and develop international partnerships and collaborations as we have done previously with local projects like the Emmy Nominated Saladin and the globally renowned Upin and Ipin," he said.
"Original content lies at the heart of Cartoon Network and we're seeing incredible potential come out of Malaysia and the Southeast Asia region," said Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific regional creative director, Silas Hickey. "With the support of MDeC, we remain committed to helping develop the animation industry and will continue to foster homegrown talent in Malaysia."
Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a producer of multiplatform news and entertainment content around the world and provider of programming for the basic cable industry, including the Cartoon Network.
The two finalists
Details of the two finalist:
- Tomato Animation's story, which revolves around the life of Ziro, a bumbling wizard with a deep rooted desire to become the world's greatest wizard. Ziro is also smitten by a girl, Nina, from his village. The story then follows Ziro and Nina's fascination with magic which gets them into all sorts of trouble.
- Unizaru introduces the BLOX Brigade. The story is about three brothers Edward, Arnold, Roscoe and their mentor Ohka, and their misadventures with the Supreme League of Evil.
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