Pav­ing the way

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AS Dis­ney’s Frozen continues to make a killing at the global box of­fice, KrU Group is hop­ing that its very own an­i­ma­tion stu­dio will lead them in the same lu­cra­tive di­rec­tion.

Last week, The KrU Group launched its an­i­ma­tion arm, Kar­tun Stu­dios, in cy­ber­jaya, Se­lan­gor. The stu­dio spe­cialises in cre­at­ing and co-pro­duc­ing orig­i­nal fea­tures in 3D and 2D for­mats.

The KrU Group ceO and ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­dent nor­man Ab­dul Halim be­lieves lo­cal­lypro­duced an­i­mated con­tent has the chance to ex­cel on the global stage.

“Take for ex­am­ple, Rib­bit, our first 3D an­i­mated fea­ture film. it has been sold to more than 80 coun­tries,” said nor­man.

Rib­bit tells the tale of a frog and his jour­ney to self-dis­cov­ery in the Ama­zon rain­for­est. Rib­bit also had its first world pre­miere at The ni­a­gara in­te­grated Film Fes­ti­val in canada last Satur­day. it won the Best Fam­ily Film award.

The film fea­tur­ing the voices of Sean Astin, Tim curry and rus­sell Peters is ex­pected to open in Malaysia on Sept 4.

Apart from Rib­bit, Kar­tun Stu­dios also has three an­i­mated films and more than 200 se­ries in the works for the next five years.

Also in the pipe­line is Geck­o­man, an an­i­mated se­ries based on the film Cicak-man. — An­gelin Yeoh

rib­bit is Kru’s first an­i­mated fea­ture film. Pro­duced in 3d, the film fea­tures the voices of Sean astin, Tim Curry and rus­sell Peters.

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