'The Muralz' and six other animated masterpieces stand out at the Malaysia Animation Film Festival 2023

20 Oct 2023 02:00pm
Empowering local animators with a spectacular lineup of short animated films, supported by Penang State Exco for Tourism and Creative Economy
Empowering local animators with a spectacular lineup of short animated films, supported by Penang State Exco for Tourism and Creative Economy

Studio Rawr Pictures, a specialised animation studio known for 2D and 3D animations, proudly presents their latest animation film, 'The Muralz,' in partnership with Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC), as part of GSC International Screens' efforts to elevate the local film industry.

This initiative is supported by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and generously sponsored by the Penang State Exco for Tourism and Creative Economy (PETACE).

'The Muralz' marks the inaugural Malaysia Animation Film Festival (MAFF) and will be screened until Oct 25, 2023.

This exceptional animated feature isn't just about entertainment; it aims to kindle curiosity and a sense of adventure in its audience by taking them on a mesmerising tour of Penang's enchanting tourist attractions.

'The Muralz' is the brainchild of Jeremy Lee, the Studio Rawr Pictures Managing Director, a creative visionary with an impressive 17-year track record of pushing boundaries in the world of 2D and 3D animations.

He envisions this project as an embodiment of resilience, empathy, and human connection.

"Beyond its homage to Penang, 'The Muralz' stands as a global symbol of hope, inspiring audiences worldwide to embrace love and collaboration even during the darkest times.

"Through 'The Muralz,' I'm not just narrating a story; I'm extending an invitation to the world to actively shape a future defined by kindness and solidarity."

"In this short film, viewers will be transported to the tranquil yet somewhat deserted streets of Penang, set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"As murals spring to life, Azam, a dedicated food delivery rider, is joined by his animated companions, the Three Murals: "Pahlawan Nasi Lemak," "Rojak Man," and "Kapten Cendol," Lee said.

This captivating short film serves as a testament to the power of unity and the indomitable human spirit, gently reminding us that love and cooperation can overcome even the most formidable challenges.

However,Penang State Executive Councillor for Tourism and Creative Economy (PETACE) Wong Hon Wai stated that Penang has always been a cherished destination, not just for the local community but also for international travellers seeking an authentic cultural experience.

"'The Muralz' beautifully captures the essence of Penang—our culture, history, and the very heart of our people.

"We see it as a catalyst for revitalising our local tourism scene, reminding us of the unparalleled beauty that lies within our own backyard.

"Through this film, we aspire to present Penang's unique charm and narrative to a global audience."

Priced at RM15 per ticket, these films are screened at selected GSC outlets across the Klang Valley, Johor Bahru, Penang, Kuching, and Kota Kinabalu.

For more information on 'The Muralz,' please visit https://rawr-pictures.com/, and for Malaysia Animation Film Festival (MAFF) information, please visit https://www.gsc.com.my/international-screen/malaysia-animation-film-festival-2023/.